Would you fly on a pilotless plane?
I honestly don't know how to feel about this. This may well mean there may no longer be futures for us (pilots) in the skies as the technology of aeronautics evolve. Until then, I hope this isn't happening any time in the future. For now, I should embrace the ability to be behind those magnificent controls that deflect the airflow and dictate the nature of it...
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I think human judgment will still be necessary. I am reminded of a recent Airbus A330 crash, an Air France Flight 447 going from Brazil to Paris, where the computer overrode the judgment of the captain, "splitting the difference" with the junior officer, and actually caused the plane to crash. Pilot and pundit Bill Whittle explains:
"The Airbus, made by France, decided to make the plane smarter than the pilots. Instead of the plane responding to the captain in the stall created by the smartness of the plane itself, it averaged the response between the captain of the plane, and the junior officer in the right hand seat of the cockpit. The end result: it crashed into the Atlantic."1