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I am an airline pilot with 33 years of aviation experience and 10,000 hours as a captain at a major US airline. I have been deeply concerned about the falling standards in aviation safety due to the air carriers race to the bottom also known as operating at the “lowest cost” possible. The airlines goal to spend the least money on maintenance, crew training and to get the cheapest “pilot” they can find has caused me to not fly on any regional airline as a passenger.
It is true you can train a person in a relatively short (couple of years) to sit in the right seat of a small jet simulator and “pass” a check ride. The problem is that simulators are not the real world of aviation. They are a very simple training tool for procedures. That is it. They do not replicate the complexity of real world operations of jet aircraft. To see what NASA Ames Research has to say about this read “The Multitasking Myth”.
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