May 2001 Issue

Digital Pilot

Maybe you canít match a computerís precision, but these drills may help

Without a doubt, human brains are the fastest and most versatile computers in the world. Thatís especially true when the humans in question are pilots, but when it comes to repetitive tasks such as monitoring the progress of a flight on instruments, pilots can learn a thing or two watching silicon-based computers operate.

Once a digital computer has been programmed to perform certain operations, it just keeps on cranking through it until told to do something else. It repeats what it does, over and over and over. The same way. Every time. Because of this, computers are ideally suited for repetitive tasks that need to be done consistently, uniformly and flawlessly.

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