I can't begin to tell you how refreshing it is to read your posts.When a commercial airline pilot, who actually is capable of the act of flying aircraft, tells me he's tired of fighting against the planes trying to kill him (and retires, early), what do you believe that to mean?
How many times must this comparison be made in these discussions...do you really know and completely understand why an entire fleet of (half-azzed) over-automated aircraft are still sitting on the ground? First and foremost, short answer, they got caught being stupid, greedy, and cheap. Aside from that, there's not enough time for me to beat the hell out of my keyboard to educate you technically.
Most of the time I just scan through (or skip) long posts without really digesting them.
Yours are extremely well written and to the point, bang on the money.
On a side note and probably off topic,
I'm a big fan of a show called "Mayday". It chronicles plane crashes, and the subsequent investigation and results of why it crashed.
A majority of them are human error involving misinterpretations of the technology, or lack of knowledge of the technology, or even lack of basic flying skills and knowledge of the pilots on how an aircraft actually stays in the air.
They are trained on how to fly a computer, not an airplane.
One very interesting episode involved the crash of Air France 447 (airbus 330) in 2009.
An entirely preventable incident.
From the report:
"The BEA's final report, released on 5 July 2012, concluded that the aircraft crashed after temporary inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements—likely due to the aircraft's pitot tubes being obstructed by ice crystals—caused the autopilot to disconnect, after which the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately caused the aircraft to enter an aerodynamic stall, from which it did not recover. "
In a nutshell, all the crew had to do was manually maintain a steady level flight path.
In other words, fly the damn plane.
They panicked, and put the plane into a stall, and the first officer had no clue how to fly it out of that stall. Flying 101.