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The Aircraft Cockpit: From Stick-and-string to Fly-by-wire Hardcover – 18 Jun 1990
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A history of the aircraft flight deck, from the simple mechanical controls of the earliest powered heavier-than-air machines to the fly-by-wire technology of many modern airliners and the advent of the all-electronic cockpit. It provides enthusiasts with an account of aviation development.
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12 October 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is quite good as a library-researched set of accounts of the early development of the cockpit. Some of the pictures are most interesting, if you know how to look around a cockpit. However, the author was far too willing to accept that the modern electronic controls and displays will do what the company marketers would have you believe. The reality is more sobering, as has been shown by the history of crashes and other incidents because pilots did not understand what the system was doing, or could do - and it is most likely that the designers themselves did not fully understand their own hidden logic, nor the way that the flying machine, or the behavior of air traffic ,or even the air itself, can do.
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