Would you feel safe with a solitary pilot?
Boeing is toying with solo pilots, starting with cargo planes but with commercial flights possibly to follow. So, would you feel safe with just one pilot at the helm?
Gareth Clark, Wanderlust writer “Things don’t happen in a vacuum. Should solo pilots become a reality, failsafes will be created (pre-flight medicals for pilots on all flights; remote flight control capability). We trust our safety to machines as it is – the pilot is largely there as an interpreter – and with most commercial flights already fitted with automated flying and landing systems, full automation won’t be too far away. Soon enough, the single pilot will just be the failsafe; this is just getting ahead of the curve.”
Tabitha Green, Wanderlust reader “No, simply because if the pilot is taken ill, then someone needs to be able to reliably control and land the plane. As far as I am aware, while there are lots of automatic programmes available to pilots these days, none can be fully relied upon in the event of any unusual circumstances or adverse weather conditions. In such cases, I would assume there is a greater chance of disaster if something has happened to the pilot.”