Will the airliners of the future no longer need pilots?


#1

With a lot of Pilotless Military planes being controlled on the ground? Wouldn’t Airline Companies make a lot more Money if they didn’t have to worry about a pilot inside the cockpit?


#2

airlines may not be worried about pilots in the cockpit, but i reckon the passengers surely will…


#3

The pilotless military planes also don’t have people on them.

The first and possibly only step will be single pilot airliners where the aircraft can be flown remotely or autonomously if the pilot is incapacitated.


#4

#5

The stupid…it burns…


#6

It is possible from a technological view but I don’t think there would be many passengers who would willingly fly on an aircraft without anyone in the cockpit.

Many modern airliners have the ability to fly from one airport to another without human intervention. This actually isn’t anything new. When the L-1011 was being tested int he 1970’s, it flew from the west coast to Washington, DC, without any human touching the controls. The only thing it couldn’t do was to get to the end of the runway and taxi off of the runway.

In many modern airliners, the pilots don’t really pilot the aircraft. They are there to monitor the systems and to taxi at the airports. The planes do fly themselves. However, like any technological device, things don’t always go right. Hence, there is a need for someone human to make corrections.


#7

Also, the military UAVs do have pilots, they are on the ground and not in the aircraft. The airlines would still have to have pilots to control the aircraft remotely.


#8

[quote=“rw812”]
It is possible from a technological view but I don’t think there would be many passengers who would willingly fly on an aircraft without anyone in the cockpit.

Many modern airliners have the ability to fly from one airport to another without human intervention. This actually isn’t anything new. When the L-1011 was being tested int he 1970’s, it flew from the west coast to Washington, DC, without any human touching the controls. The only thing it couldn’t do was to get to the end of the runway and taxi off of the runway.

In many modern airliners, the pilots don’t really pilot the aircraft. They are there to monitor the systems and to taxi at the airports. The planes do fly themselves. However, like any technological device, things don’t always go right. Hence, there is a need for someone human to make corrections./quote

Thank you :smiley:[/quote]


#9

But you could still pay them a lot less then what a Sr. Pilot gets today?