“I have no idea how we’re going to do that; But we’re studying it right now and we’re developing those algorithms.” Sinnett, Boeing’s vice president of product development said
Boeing is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and aims to test some of the technology next year,
Jetliners can already take off, cruise and land using their onboard flight computers and the number of pilots on a standard passenger plane has dropped to two from three over the years.
“plans to test the technology in a cockpit simulator this summer and next year with some artificial intelligence that makes decisions that pilots would make”, he said.
Airlines are among those backing the idea, in part to deal with a projected need for 1.5 million pilots over the next 20 years as global demand for air travel continues to grow.