In The Dangers of Automation in Airliners, instrument-rated commercial pilot Jack J. Hersch takes readers into the cockpit of nine flight incidents in which flight technology had a major effect. Hersch recognizes that the 300,000 commercial pilots employed around the world are all good at their jobs. “That’s how they got there. That’s how they stay there,” he says. But sometimes, “good is not good enough.”

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Hersch discusses the ways in which automation technology has allowed certain flight skills, like landing a plane, to perish despite a pilot’s astronomical number of hours of flight experience. And although this technology rarely fails, when something does go wrong, it’s to the detriment of hundreds of passengers on board in addition to their families.

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