Writing for Mashable, Airline Captain, Chris Manno, on why remotely piloted airliners are not the solution to aircraft accidents
…as an airline captain, I can’t picture an airliner completely reliant on ground-based guidance, data and analysis.
Any remote-control solution hinges on a futuristic technical perfection, and there’s the rub: Today’s remotely piloted vehicle technology has so far chalked up an accident rate nearly 40% higher than that of airliners with pilots on board.
40% seems a bit high to me, but even if that’s true, I’m not sure the technology is there to even do this. Sure autopilot takes over as soon as you’re in the air, but landing and takeoff still requires quite a bit of calculation and judgment that I’m not sure we’re ready for technology to be handling, yet.