By Peter Galison
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7. Like a magnetic force from a needle's point, the historical narrative finds itself drawn to condense cause into a tiny space-time volume. But the narrative is constantly broken, undermined, derailed by causal arrows pointing elsewhere, more globally towards aircraft design, the effects of systems on systems, towards riskassessment philosophy in the FAA itself. In this case that objection is not implicit but explicit, and it is drawn and printed in the conclusion of the report itself. Along these same lines, I would like, finally, to return to the issue of pilot skill and CRM that we examined in the aftermath of Air Florida 90.
1 (sheet ice) - the flight 90 crew should not have had trouble braking to a stop from a speed of 120 knots on the takeoff roll. "l5 What does this mean? What is this concept of agency that takes the theoretical engineering result computed months later and uses it to say "therefore ... should not have been a factor"? Is it that the decision that runway condition "should not have been a factor" would have been apparent to a Laplacian computer, an ideal pilot able to compute friction coefficients by sight and from it deceleration distance using weight, wind, breaking power, and available reverse thrust?
Stanley Trollip and Richard Jensen's widely distributed Human Factors for General Aviation (1991) graphed "relationship orientation" on the y-axis against "task orientation" on the abscissa. " According to Trollip and Jensen, who took United 173, Delta 191, and Air Florida 90 as principal examples, the co-pilot of Air Florida 90 was earnestly asking after take-off procedures when he asked about the slushy runway departure, and was (according to the authors) being mocked by captain Wheaton in his response "unless you got something special you'd like to do," a mockery that continued in the silences with which the captain greeted every subsequent intervention by the copilot.