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Apr 18th 2010 2:46PM Once again, we see a simple thing like an alert chime having a disastrous outcome!
Amazing that aircraft manufactures cannot create alerts of varying degrees based on the severity of the issue at hand.
Maybe in the future there will just be spoken alerts? (i.e.- "Pressurization" or "Speed Brakes", etc.)
Dec 9th 2009 7:44PM First off- love your columns, just recently found 'Cockpit Chronicles' while geeking out on YouTube videos.
Regarding the message chime in Boeings, the engineer said people can't differentiate between more than 5 sounds?!
Really? As a musician I find this quite hard to believe!
In any case, then why not have up to 5 different chimes - w/ tones escalating in urgency the matter at hand?
Thankfully an ILS approach has at max 3 different tones! LOL
Keep up the good work and keep the shiny side up!