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# Please rate my AWA (GMAT next week - forgot about AWA completely)

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03 Sep 2018, 10:33
It will be awesome if anyone can give me feedback on my response. I got busy with work and spent all my time focusing on doing just the math, verbal and IR portions and thought I would get to AWA later. Just hit me that my test is next Monday and I haven't touched AWA yet This is my first attempt and any feedback will be appreciated!

I found this prompt online and timed myself to complete it in 30 minutes so may have some random typos/grammatical errors.

Prompt
"The computerized on-board warning system that will be installed in commercial airliners will virtually solve the problem of midair plane collisions. One plane's warning system can receive signals from another's transponder--a radio set that signals a plane's course--in order to determine the likelihood of a collision and recommend evasive action."

Discuss how well reasoned....

Response

First, the argument assumes that the new system will not interference with the working of any other system on the plane. Ideally the new system will function independently, but without any evidence of this in the argument, it is incorrect to assume that there will be no interferene. A plane has numerous other radio systems whether it is to communicate with the base tower or to communicate with various satellites that help with their navigation. There is a possibility that installing this system will do more harm than good with more planes navigating along the wrong path leading to an increase in midair collision warnings that the system provides.

Second, it is assummed that a radio signal can work under all conditions whereas in reality, radio signals can be distorted and not work well when there are poor weather conditions. Midair collisions primarily happen in poor weather conditions when planes are unable to transmit and receive information from their base tower. Sending a radio signal from one plane to the other will run into connectivity and clarity issues thus leading to midair collisions. Hence, this argument is seriously flawed in assuming that sending radio signals between two planes on a path to collision is an effective solution.

Third, the argument states that the radio set can recommend evasive action but does not mention how close to a collision this evasive action is recommended and if the action that needs to taken is dangerous for passengers traveling on the plane. This is a grave concern because there are three possibilities. First, if the evasive action is recommended when the planes are too close to each other, there is nothing that can be done to prevent their imminent crash. Second, if the evasive action requires some expert maneuvering of the plane and has the potential for loss of human life due to sudden turbulence, it is important to consider that. Third, and this builds upon the previous point, the argument seems to state that evasive action is recommended if a collision seems likely. There is no mention of what the error margin is with this system. If the evasive action can lead to injuries to passengers on the plane, it is necessary for the system to work perfectly to prevent loss of human life and that has not been considered in this argument.

In conclusion, the argument is flawed because of the above mentioned facts. Though the on-board warning system has massive potential, without further details to address the assumptions stated above, it is would be hasty to implement this new system in planes.
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03 Sep 2018, 10:36
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You could ask an expert to review it. I am not an expert hence will not be able to grade your AWA. Since no one responded I thought of informing you. Just my personal opinion after going through the following link is your AWA seems to be containing the essential ingredients, i.e. no. of paras, structural words etc to take you over the line.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-get-6 ... ml#p470475
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Re: Please rate my AWA (GMAT next week - forgot about AWA completely)   [#permalink] 03 Sep 2018, 10:36
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