Skip to main content

View Diary: How Airliners Work - Instrument Approaches (121 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'm puzzled by your last paragraph. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sawgrass727, terrypinder, linkage, JayBat

    Equipment outages happen all the time. Some are planned for preventive maintenance and some are due to equipment failures. I have no idea which might be the case in SFO yesterday. Regardless, there could not have been a more perfect time for an outage of the ILS or only the glide slope.

    Every airline crew begins their flying career learning to takeoff, fly and navigate, and land in visual conditions. Conditions that can be far worse than yesterday at SFO. A lifetime of training builds upon those first leaned skills and are practiced throughout their careers. The operation or non-operation of the ILS  or some of its components is highly unlikely to have anything to do with this accident beyond the possibility of a crew proficiency issue. Note that I said highly unlikely because I've learned to never discount anything prior to a thorough accident investigation. Failures in flight safety are never single points of failure and a non-functioning ILS is but one very minor factor. Further, it is one that should be a complete non-event for any crew member. I find it incredible that someone could find this incident as evidence of a systemic collapse of the entire commercial aviation system. And then again I may be misunderstanding your point.

    Time makes more converts than reason. Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by VTCC73 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:13:33 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site