Air safety panel: Pilots need to focus on manual skills

An international panel of air safety experts has concluded that pilots' over-reliance on automation has made their manual flying skills rusty and too-short training time has left them ill-prepared to operate new flying technology. The FAA-sponsored panel is set to release its study soon, but a draft reveals that poor manual flying skills or mistakes using flight computers were to blame in two-thirds of certain types of accidents.

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