System Failure And Cockpit Crisis

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The loss of Air France Flight 447 has stirred comments on training and automation, but if you'd like to better understand the in-cockpit dynamics of a commercial airliner flying overseas through storms at night ... here's a closer look. AVweb's Glenn Pew asked Jason Goldberg, a 15,000-hour professional airline pilot who flies long-haul overseas routes, about those flights and what it's like to be there. The conversation isn't meant to explain what happened to Air France Flight 447, or to suggest or second-guess whatever actions were taken by its crew. It's meant to give private pilots and non-pilots an idea of cockpit culture and the flight environment -- and what happens when things go wrong.

Click here to listen.