Sunday, December 18, 2005

In the cockpit

Yesterday i attended Aero Sports Jamboree held at the Jakkur airfield in the outskirts of Bengalooru. As part of the event, joyrides were offered in Microlight aircrafts like zenair, x-air and power glidders. For the sake of getting a feel of the cockpit i decided to go for a joy ride. I wanted to go on a power glidders but because of huge demand for these glidders, i was put on zenair - a two-seater microlight aircraft . The pilot was Capt Arvind Sharma, director of Agni Aero Sports, a really cool guy. I started the aircraft just like starting a car using an ignition key, but with my left hand. It was a great feeling to start a plane. After a series of acknowledgements from the command post, the Capt steered the aircraft to the run-way. Then we did a quick take-off. For the first time in my life i felt like literally flying on my own. Once in the air, the pilot let me handle the plane closely. We shared a common handle ( like a driving school car having two steerings ) to control the aircraft, but the throtle was fully under his control. After a small circuit in the air over the Jakkur village, getting a birds eye view of Bangalore city, we lined the aircraft to the runway and made a smooth landing. After landing i expected the aircraft to cruise along the runway and slowly come to halt. But to my surprise, soon after landing, the pilot did a U-turn, like going around in a Maruti car on an empty road. When i was taking leave, the Capt said - "Never let computer fly a plane". This remark of his has left me pondering over the issues of "Our dependence on computers" and "Where should we stop with computerisation of things?". Even if it is easy to replace a human with a computer for doing a certain task, we should deliberate on the issue, because in many cases there is more to "human touch" than to "mechanical accuracy".


Blogger Venu said...

Seems like you're doing a lot of cool stuff. Only comparable(?) thing I've done is go-karting which too gives you an ultra adrenaline rush.

12/19/2005 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Rajat said...

Was this a co. sponsored trip? If not, you could have called me. *Sigh*

12/19/2005 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger Chandan R said...

This was not co. sponsored trip.
I came to know about the event, only on friday night.
And also, didnot expect anyone to be interested to wake up early on saturday morning.

12/19/2005 07:18:00 AM  

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