Single-pilot jumbo jets just around the corner

It’s official: the industry is working toward an airline flight deck that can safely be operated by a single pilot.

And if it’s extended long-haul, an augmented crew would be two pilots: one on the flight deck and the other resting.

A team led by Thales Avionics, consisting of many other high-profile European companies plus Boeing and Jeppesen from the USA, is working toward an advanced airliner cockpit that can be managed by a single pilot backed up by high quality communications links with ground support. In other words, your copilot, if you need one, is on the ground.

Still doubt this? The research is being funded by the European Union.

We all knew it was coming eventually, but maybe not quite this fast.

More detail on Flightglobal shortly.


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3 Responses to Single-pilot jumbo jets just around the corner

  1. Chitragupta 30 May, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Why don’t they just charge another $5.00 USD per ticket and have two or three or four well rested, competent, trained, experienced, educated, crew members on the flight deck depending on the duty day?

    The passengers are willing to pay $4 USD for a bottle of water and $5 USD for a cup of coffee yet are not willing to fork over another $5 for their airline ticket to pay for a well rested crew with their lives in their hands?

  2. nowaydown 30 May, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    The cost of all this will exceed the 16k a year that FOs make so it’ll never happen. Nothing speaks louder than the mighty dollar.. and yes 5 bucks a ticket would be all that’s required but as usual the labor gets screwed while the greedy jew execs laugh their way to the bank.

  3. Carlos 30 May, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    16K for a new regional co-pilot? Pilots too underpaid to afford better rest accommodations? The industry is what killed all those people in that Colgan crash several tears ago. Plain and simple.

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