Originally Posted by Gabriel
I also mentioned that not following the UAS airspeed procedure is not enough to explain the bizarre reaction of the AF pilot that was way contrary to basic airmanship by so much.
No, but the erratic nature of the flight director, combined with the ambiguous ECAM overspeed warning message does give some explanation. It's a classic case of following the technology without knowing how the aircraft works. That is what I'm getting at: so many crashes have occurred in recent years for this very reason. Pilots are not being trained in systems at the level that even I, a non-pilot, am well aware of, and that is a frightening reality. Universal skills are invaluable, but specific aircraft knowledge has become just as valuable. Things like knowing instinctively that artificial static stability no longer exists in alternate law, or that the autothrust may be locked well below the thrust lever position, or that a go-around on autopilot is not available without a glideslope signal, or that the autothrust cannot be used with a MEL'd radalt, or that you must pull the knob to engage a selected heading or it will revert to the current one... I might need to start a new thread on the subject when I can find the time...
Solid basic airmanship combined with a lack of of technical understanding of modern aircraft can make for a very short career.