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    I know we had a debate about automatic cars and I was comfortable with that. Not so much with this. At least the cars had the operator in them in case of any issues. This seems like they won't have a pilot on board except for this trial run. That makes me uneasy.
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    They aren't "removing" the human error. Instead the decisions will be in the hands of someone somewhere monitoring perhaps multiple computer screens and planes at the same time.

    I appreciate that there is auto-pilot available on board as it helps alleviate pilot fatigue, but I want an actual pilot on board -- preferably one that continues to get regular experience in doing the job to enable him /her to react quickly to an emergency if needed. I do not trust the computers (or the person on the ground) to not have a failure either.

    I could support use of a drone being sent to investigate an exploding volcano, hurricane, or something equally dangerous in an effort to learn about impending danger without risking pilots.... but from a passenger standpoint -- no thanks.

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    I saw that they have people monitoring but I meant that there wouldn't be anyone on board that can control the craft (they had one in the trial that they spoke about but I believe that's it.) I'm not okay with that.
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    Don't think so. I work with computers enough to know that there is always going to be some glitch or lost connection or something that could be disastrous, let alone something like a bird strike or something that could take out an engine or any number of things that go wrong. Trains that are almost completely automated now still have an engineer. Even cargo planes could put other people at risk if it crashes. My brother is a pilot for Omni and he flies those big cargo planes and they do a lot of contract work for the military. He knew someone on this crash that happened recently at Bagram, he said that it was obvious from the way it crashed that either the load shifted or the plane wasn't loaded correctly. There is always a chance for a mistake somewhere along the way, and I am all for computers to be used as an additional tool, but they will never be able to replace having someone actually there that has a brain to think for themselves if something goes wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    They aren't "removing" the human error. Instead the decisions will be in the hands of someone somewhere monitoring perhaps multiple computer screens and planes at the same time.
    Not only that, but someone has to write the software that controls the computers and the planes. What do computers just magically do things on their own? So it just moves the chance for human error to somewhere else down the line. I wouldn't want to find out that someone made a programming error when the plane is in the air with no pilot.
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    I'd have to see it done routinely/frequently for large (cargo?) planes for over a decade before I'd trust it.
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    No way! It's a neat idea, and if it works, then great. However, flying as it is now causes me to panic and I would never try a pilot-less flight.

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    Just watch Mayday one time and you'll wish for a human backup pilot on every single flight you take. I don't think I would ever take an un-manned flight. Nope, I'm pretty positive.

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    I'd do it. The computer wasn't up all night doing blow off of a strippers a$s.

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