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RE: Airport Lighting Systems - How to safely operate airports day and night, regardless of weather.

in #aviation2 years ago

I liked the ingeniousness of PAPI or VASIS.

A question regarding the lights' necessity though: isn't everything automated these days? Do pilots even land the plane?

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The autoland is available on most planes but it also needs support from the airports. Only a few of them have it and not all pilots/airlines are using it, because of the internal regulations and the responsibility. Most pilots prefer to keep the control.
But the possibilities are there, pilots CAN be very lazy :)
If they are allowed to by the airlines regulations.

Interesting. Are there any stats available on who's better at it, man or machine?!