I Have Control: A Pilot's View of Changing Airliner Technology

I Have Control: A Pilot's View of Changing Airliner Technology

by Keith Spragg


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Between 1967 and 1997 Keith Spragg progressed from the greenest new co-pilot on a piston-engined Vickers Viking to a fully qualified jet captain.  He then went on to become an experienced pilot trainer and examiner.  The story of that journey, told in I Have Control, is a personal one but is also part of the wider story of airline development.  Keith witnessed many changes and it was not only the aircraft that changed; the training, attitudes and culture of airline pilots themselves were transformed over that period. Under the day-to-day demands of disrupted rosters and unsociable hours, the moments of humour and the need to squeeze as much fun as possible out of every day, the significance of these changes was not always obvious.  Now, with time to reflect, the small boy's fascination with flight lives on.  While the job changed, the rewards, the comradeship and the sense of privilege continued.  But now Keith asks tough questions about the application of technology.  Is the modern flight deck fit for purpose?  Have we sacrificed skill on the altar of technology?  How should the industry respond to the prospect of artificial intelligence and pilotless airliners?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785003974
Publisher: The Crowood Press UK
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

With 17,200 flying hours, including over 12,000 hours in command on jet airliners, and another 2,500 hours in full-motion flight simulators, Keith Spragg has been well placed to observe the technical and operational development of today's airlines. Qualified as a technical writer, he published a collection of short stories, Almost Like Flying, in 1990 and is working on a sequel, More Like Flying.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 As It Was 9

Chapter 2 To Berlin 12

Chapter 3 The Viking 18

Chapter 4 Turboprop Schedules 28

Chapter 5 The Jet 43

Chapter 6 Caribbean Contrasts 61

Chapter 7 A Boeing in Borneo 73

Chapter 8 The Mighty 707 85

Chapter 9 Trainer 104

Chapter 10 Flight Management Computers 124

Chapter 11 Wide-Body 128

Chapter 12 Starting Again 134

Chapter 13 And Again 140

Chapter 14 Beauty and Two Boeings 147

Chapter 15 Fly-By-Wire 156

Chapter 16 Culture Shock 169

Chapter 17 Concerned Observer 175

Chapter 18 Post-Flight 183

References 188

Glossary 189

Index 191

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