Originally Posted by PurpleToolBox
No it isn't. A pilot is still there to take over when parameters are exceeded by the automatic systems.
The problem with drones is that they still have not demonstrated that they can see and avoid or sense and avoid. And once a system is created getting it certified and a standard adopted I believe is a long way off.
A big threat to drone airplanes would be hacking. Even our military's drones aren't exempt from that. We've seen our FAA systems crash, and nearly every airline has had their systems crashed or hacked.
It's going to be a while before the regulators, the lawyers, and the public is onboard when all this stuff is designed.
I fly a drone for fun, a name brand. These things lull you into a sense of "security" with their return-to-home features and their ability to land themselves. But they are in no way, shape, or form even REMOTELY ready to safely and reliably deliver packages!
Just ask any DJI drone owner about the "flyaway" problem. I had one do that myself.
-NOT to mention the problem that the FAA has with this. FAR 107 expressly forbids carriage of goods for hire beyond line of sight, and it forbids interstate commerce via drone as well. Even if the technology to use drones to safely deliver packages existed, the inertia and bureaucracy that exists at the FAA means that certification would take at least 10 years in my opinion.
Bezos thinks he can do ANYTHING. His ego is inflated due to the multi-billion dollar business he has created, and now he thinks he can enter the airline industry. An industry that is inherently unstable, barely profitable, and incredibly intolerant of any carelessness or neglect. He'll just be the latest to get his head handed to him by a corporate board, watch.
Again....never feed TROLLS.