(NEWSER) – Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Probably not at the helm of a commercial flight, according to a new Department of Transportation report. It finds that automation has driven manual flying mostly out of the cockpit, leading to concerns that pilots may not be getting enough training to take the controls in emergencies,Gizmodo reports.
"The agency is missing important opportunities to ensure that pilots maintain skills needed to safely fly and recover in the event of a failure with flight deck automation or an unexpected event," the report reads, per Reuters. Pilots usually fly planes manually during takeoffs and landings, but the aircraft is then placed into autopilot for about 90% of the flight, the news agency adds.
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