Air France and the Indian MiG Fighter…

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by arkitect, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. arkitect macrumors 601

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    This could easily have been very tragic… :eek:

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  2. jbernie macrumors 6502a

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    Just another example of why automated responses or allowing computers to always think for themselves when interpreting data is not always the best idea even if it is cheaper.
     
  3. FoxyKaye macrumors 68000

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    Sky-Net! Sky-Net! Sky-Net!

    Oh hey, what's that bright flash on the horizon?
     
  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    At least they scrambled a fighter, rather than just fire a missile like some nations have done in the past.
     
  5. arkitect thread starter macrumors 601

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    Isn't that the truth. :(
    Of course now that the US is spending more on developing drones than training pilots…
    We're not going to be flying "the friendly skies" for much longer.
     
  6. duncanapple macrumors 6502

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    Drones are still piloted by humans - the only difference is a human life is not put in jeopardy by being in the jet itself.

    Oh, and take it from someone who works in the industry, the US is most definitely NOT spending more on drones than training pilots, not even by a long shot.
     
  7. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) are NOT drones. Drones are remote controlled targets for missile and gun testing/practice. UAVs are flown by actual certificated pilots, so there is still just as much spending on pilots as before... maybe even more.
     
  8. chan2004 macrumors regular

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    The passengers are lucky

    Eventhough indian pilots normally follow protocols, the border is so sensitive that you are seconds away from disaster.
    Especially after the mumbai incidents....
     
  9. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    These processes are automated in part because they are generally superior to human response. If you didn't have dedicated, automated, electronic IFF, you would see MORE friendly fire and civilian casualty incidents, not less.

    This is the truth of modern warfare. Many people are uncomfortable with it, which is understandable, but these people also generally don't understand warfare.
     
  10. sanPietro98 macrumors 6502a

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    But where was the automation in this story? The pilot tuned in the wrong transponder code. The Indian military launched the fighter. The pilot fixed the transponder code. The military recalled the fighter.

    This is the way the "system" should work. Humans were in the loop the whole time.
     

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