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Update on VOR DecommissioningMany pilots still use VORs, but a tremendous amount pilots are switching to advanced navigation systems. Pilots are not becoming proficient using them and relying on moving maps. But what if something happens... (bruceair.wordpress.com) More...
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I recently got to sit in the cockpit of a new (less than a year old) United 737-900 and what surprised me and scared me was it was all glass...even the backup gauges were glass...what ever happened to the backup steam gauges ...what if there is a total electrical failure in imc conditions? I understand the pilots may have tablets with gps and moving maps but why get rid of the one thing that won't let you down at the end of the day?
Fly-by-wire is great, until the wire breaks. You post reminded me of the 'Children of the Magenta" presentation from 1997.
There was a cirrus in 2007 flying CYPQ-KBUF that had electrical failure of his PFD over Lake Ontario at night...tower had to talk him down to the airport. Pilot was drenched in sweat when he finally got out...
What if? As Pilot's these thoughts should constantly be in our minds......
Good question... "what if...???".
Well, they could fall back on the remnants of these: