A curious study from the Federal Aviation Administration on how the airline industry, pilots more specifically, are suffering from automation addiction.
Translated, it means more training and more real flying time as they are too reliant on technology and their flying skills are weaker as a result.
The study, which appeared here, says both airlines and regulators discourage aviators from switching off auto-pilot but then goes on to list some of the human errors that occur when they do.
The report says in more than 60% of accidents and 30% of major incidents pilots had difficulty manually flying the plane with issues including not realising autopilot had disconnected and not knowing how to recover from a stall.
The conclusions are drawn from information on 46 accidents and major incidents, 734 voluntary reports from pilots and data from more than 9,000 flights.