[time-nuts] FW: IIMorrow GPS units non-functional since Sunday
jim77742 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 03:01:43 EDT 2008
When I fly in a commercial plane, the display in front of me shows its speed
in km/h and height in metres. The pilot announces the same.
I would have thought that if any group of people could convert quickly it
would be airline pilots. They are intelligent and highly trained people -
not likely to get emotional and try and hang on to outdated and silly units.
It would make their job easier. Besides I'd be surprised if pilots in Europe
(and other places too) didn't use metric exclusively.
2008/8/20 Magnus Danielson <magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org>
> Jim Palfreyman wrote:
> > Wow.
> > Don't tell me people still use miles? Nautical or otherwise?
> > What's wrong with the good old kilometre?
> If the air industry would go fully metric, which they should eventually,
> they would have to change many things, like the indicating the level in
> foots. That alone should hurt with many pilots I guess. They are just
> pushing the shift further into time in hope they never need to deal with
> it. There are many manuals that needs to be rewritten, pilot retraining,
> rules to rewrite besides changing the scale of a few meters in the cockpit.
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