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Handcuffing the crew: When rules and regulations get in the way

from By Mark Huber

We all need rules. Especially those of us who fly. The days of reckless barnstorming — especially in the wake of 9/11 and the new national nervousness — are long behind us. Now we go to simulator training, we have best practices, and we get audited by independent watchdogs and insurers. Most of this is good and necessary, but some of it has the effect of retarding flight crew decision-making skills, turning them into mindless automatons who slavishly follow data trails and flight directors, sometimes with tragic results. more

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