Single-pilot passenger planes soon could take to the skies, says Boeing
SEATTLE – Plane maker Boeing is actively working on technology that would remove the need for two pilots in the cockpits of its passenger jets. The Independent reports.
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
11 Sept. 2018 -- Existing European aviation rules state that passenger planes with more than 20 seats must have a minimum of two pilots in the cockpit. But Steve Nordlund, a vice president at Boeing, said autonomous technology that would allow for a reduction in on-board crew was being developed at a “good speed."
He said Boeing “believes in autonomous flight and self-piloted aircraft” and the firm's commercial aircraft division was “working on those technologies today. I don't think you'll see a pilotless aircraft of a 737 in the near future,” he says.
He suggested cargo jets could be the first to trial the technology but that it made “business sense” to pursue a reduction in the number of on-board crew on passenger planes, too. “A combination of safety, economics and technology all have to converge, and I think we are starting to see that.”
John Keller, editorial director
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