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AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUSERVE TO HOST 'LIVE' CONFERENCE ON AUTOMATED AIRLINE COCKPIT SAFETY; Automated Cockpits: Who's In Charge?

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 10, 1995--Aviation Week & Space Technology, McGraw-Hill's aviation, aerospace and defense journal, will host a "live" conference on cockpit automation on CompuServe in the service's "Convention Center" on Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 pm (EST). The conference, available to CompuServe's worldwide audience of 2.6 million, is scheduled to last at least one hour.

The conference, based on Aviation Week's exclusive special report "Automated Cockpits: Who's in Charge?" [January 30 and February 6 issues! will discuss the highly controversial and topical aspect of air-carrier safety.

In recent years, cockpit automation technology may have outstripped the ability of pilots to maintain situational awareness. Experts believe this paradoxical situation may have been a causal factor in recent air-carrier fatal accidents. For example, lack of mode awareness -- i.e., not knowing what the autopilot is doing to the aircraft at a given moment -- has been cited as a contributing factor in several recent accidents.

Aviation Week's managing editor Dave North and northeast bureau chief Dave Hughes and other experts in cockpit safety will lead the fascinating online discussion of the safety considerations in modern cockpit design. The conference will moderated by CompuServe's Aviation Special Interest Group.

To access the CompuServe Convention Center, type GO CONVENTION, once online.

The CompuServe Information Service is home to nearly 100,000 commercial and general aviators and aviation industry experts, who use the service for bidding and scheduling, flight planning and filing, as well as to stay abreast of safety issues and communicate with colleagues. Users can type GO AVIATION to explore these services once online.

The CompuServe Information Service, established in 1979, provides its worldwide membership of nearly 2.6 million with databases and services to meet both professional and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped personal computer utilizing general communications software.

Aviation Week & Space Technology, is the world's leading journal for technology, business and operations in the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. McGraw-Hill's Aviation Week Group markets a comprehensive network of publications, electronic and video services for this multi-billion dollar market.

CONTACT: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Eileen Gabriele, 212/512-3852

Aviation Week Group

Dick Aarons, 914/933-7602
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