Benefits and Challenges of Increasing Flight Deck Automation
Automation has brought many benefits to commercial aviation, and it has contributed significantly to an exemplary and improving safety record. This presentation is about current and future issues associated with increasing flight deck automation, including issues related to the Boeing 737 MAX. Although automation rarely fails outright, due to increasing reliability, issues are nonetheless encountered when the automation fails to adequately take into account associated human factors challenges or when it encounters situations that were not anticipated by its designers. As automation comes closer to removing pilots from the loop, it paradoxically generates more challenging human factors issues, not only when it fails to function as designed, but also when it does function as designed.