“They” have been talking for some time about single pilots flying widebody freighters. But all of a sudden the talk is no longer restricted to cargo aircraft.
- to monitor the actions of the other pilot and ensure that the results of his/her actions are as intended
- to intervene if the results of the other pilot’s actions are not as intended
- to cooperate with the other pilot, particularly when the workload is high
- to take over if the other pilot is incapacitated
But there is another question, even if its importance is more for the long-term: where will the aircraft commanders of the future come from if they have no apprenticeship as first officers? Can new pilots go straight to command?