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Comment: Re:Easy grammar (Score 1) 624

Russian doesn't have regular pronunciation because of the fucked up stress system. Even native speakers can get confused when they try to read a multisyllable word they haven't heard yet. Czech would be a much better example of a Slavic language with regular (but difficult in its own way) pronunciation.

Comment: Re: Sensors wrong (Score 1) 460

by dunkelfalke (#49424557) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

Poor training, I guess. It would not be the first time pilots interpret an upcoming stall as something else. For example, a Tu-154 (and this is not a very smart airplane - there is some automation, but it is pretty unsophisticated) crashed in 1985 because the crew mistook the airplane vibrating due to almost stalling to being engine surges and reduced the power. I think that was the deadliest Tu-154 crash ever.

Comment: Re:Sensors wrong (Score 4, Interesting) 460

by dunkelfalke (#49422239) Attached to: Planes Without Pilots

But it was. It kept the plane stable within the flight envelope so it wouldn't stall at low speed it flew, limiting the angle of attack to a safe one even when the pilot used his side stick for maximum nose pitch up. It helped to lessen the pilot's workload during the landing.

You can read it all up in the NTSB report of the accident:

For example this:

The Airbus simulation indicated that the airplane performed as designed and was in the alpha-protection mode from 150 feet to touchdown. As discussed previously, the captain's attention was narrowed, which would have made it difficult for him to maintain awareness of the airplane's low-speed condition during the descent.

or this:

Despite being unable to complete the Engine Dual Failure checklist, the captain started the auxiliary power unit, which improved the outcome of the ditching by ensuring that a primary source of electrical power was available to the airplane and that the airplane remained in normal law and maintained the flight envelope protections, one of which protects against a stall.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky