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Are We Getting Closer To Pilotless Jets?

A machine that automatically washes clothes. A car that can drive itself. The quest for making our lives easier still goes on up to this day, which is why I’m not surprised if pilotless commercial jet flights are talked about for years. Unfortunately, there’s been little decisive evidence that suggests that autonomous flying is possible, until now.

Airbus has confirmed one of its test aircraft took off automatically at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France last December.
The European aerospace company conducted a series of successful tests on autopilot last month, with two pilots on standby.
According to Airbus, the A350-1000 achieved eight automatic takeoffs over a period of four and a half hours.

More details about this over at CNN.

What are your thoughts about this one?

(Image Credit: Airbus/ CNN)

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Clearly, all the tiny support systems that wormed their way into the cockpit brought a large number of small relief steps for the cockpit crew. And then the size of the cockpit crew is reduced from once 4 to presently 2. The next step will be the single pilot cockpit. The single Pilot configuration will ultimately lead to the fully automated pilotless configuration. Even the single pilot configuration is already very difficult... as long as nothing happens, piloting a pre-programmed airliner will just be fighting the boredom of watching the same fully automated system every day. And once the shit starts steaming, there is not even the co pilot to read the flight captaion through the emergency procedures.
On the other hand, it is only a small step to fully automated unmanned combat aireal vehicles, with less casualtys once one doesn't make it home ..
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