It’s official: the industry is working toward an airline flight deck that can safely be operated by a single pilot.
Single-pilot jumbo jets just around the corner
By David Learmount on 15 May, 2013 in Uncategorised
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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