Mad Michael's in a tailspin
THERE is a riddle popular in aviation circles which goes something like this: "Describe the perfect cockpit team. Answer: A pilot and a Rottweiller. Question: Why the Rottweiller? Answer: To stop the pilot from touching any of the controls."
The suggestion is that flying a plane these days is so computerised and remotely controlled that a pilot holds little more than a watching brief.
And we, the passengers, don't believe a word of it. Michael O'Leary, boss of Ryanair, has gone too far with his supposed PR stunt in hinting that his airline may seek permission to use only one pilot per flight because he believes co-pilots are unnecessary.