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Old 06-11-2009, 05:09 PM
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Given how safe airplanes are compared to cars, given that every dumbass can drive drunken in a car and endanger you while pilots ago through a thorough, long training and given how many people die on the streets and how few in the air, I say: no autopilots!
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:17 PM
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But...but...Look at the big board...
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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About your concern that companies might substitute pilots with computers, my uneducated guess is that this is not feasible or affordable yet.

But if computers are one day really cheaper than pilots, why not? And if real pilots are saver while computers are cheaper, discount companies will adept the new technology while conventional ones will stick with pilots. Like today, if you want higher quality, implying safety in this case, you gotta pay more.

But as the real crucial piloting decisions have to be done fast and rely on human qualities like experience and intuition, I seriously doubt that any computer in the near future will substitute the best supercomputer known to us, the human brain.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:33 PM
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Well no, you're right it's not feasible much less affordable at this point, but there certainly is a push for it from elements within the aerospace industry. It's usually from younger people that are just entering the work force in the industry. Most of the old salts like my dad aren't really enthusiastic about it.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:44 PM
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We should rely on experienced pilots! Machines can't learn but we can.
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We should rely on experienced pilots! Machines can't learn but we can.
We do need them! But some computers can lean...beware the age of Colousus may not be that far off...
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Let me know when any of you decide to step aboard a fully automated 737.
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The place where computers are definitely are a must have are in flying wings like the B-2 bomber. The flying wing design isn't a new idea. In fact German engineers first started to experiment with the idea in the 1930's or earlier. Both German and the US came up with the first flying prototypes in during WWII. What they found was that there are certain aspects of the flying wing that made it inherently unstable and a human doesn't have the reaction time needed to make all the necessary adjustments and maneuver the plane. This contributed to a number of fatal crashes involving experimental flying wings during and after WWII. It wasn't until modern computer assisted avionics that Jack Northrop was able to realize his dream of a flying wing. I think he died before the plane was ever completed, but I think the US Air Force did make special arrangements for him to see the project even though it was top secret.

Still, those computers serve to assist the pilot, not do the pilots job.
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Let me know when any of you decide to step aboard a fully automated 737.
I'd have to be properly tranquilized, that's for sure.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:46 PM
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I'd have to be properly tranquilized, that's for sure.
I'd love to see you walk up into the cockpit during a flight and meet your new pilot face to face.

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