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Old 03-27-2019, 01:08 PM   #1  
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I was wondering what peopleís thaughts on this topic are, and what you think the unions will do when aviation companies attempt to do this? My personal opinion is that it is inevitable in the not to distant future, just unsure how the industry will react to it?

Iím sure it will start in another country with air freight and spread from there.
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I was wondering what peopleís thaughts on this topic are, and what you think the unions will do when aviation companies attempt to do this? My personal opinion is that it is inevitable in the not to distant future, just unsure how the industry will react to it?



Iím sure it will start in another country with air freight and spread from there.


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Old 03-28-2019, 12:38 PM   #3  
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I was wondering what peopleís thaughts on this topic are, and what you think the unions will do when aviation companies attempt to do this? My personal opinion is that it is inevitable in the not to distant future, just unsure how the industry will react to it?

Iím sure it will start in another country with air freight and spread from there.
Trains arenít even driverless, so until that happens it wonít be anytime soon.
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Old 03-30-2019, 01:52 PM   #4  
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I have been wondering about this a lot lately. I think we will see some form of it in my lifetime, and on the surface there stands be to a lot of economic incentive for someone to figure out how to do it. My opinion is it will take a long time, and I doubt passenger planes will be pilotless in the next 5 decades. Technology advances at amazing rates though.
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I can just imagine the size of the IT department trying to keep that them running.
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Might gain some traction, then one goes in the dirt and that will be the end.
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As a guy who operates a MQ-9 Pred on a daily basis, there is a lot of logistics involved in launching and recovering a UAS. 1st all takeoff and landings are done LOS (line of sight) so there is no delay. Once your up and airborne, operating on KU satellite there is a slight delay. Having a delay in flight control inputs during landing has its obvious dangers, so KU is out for landing.

I don't see how there could be line of sight antennas and ground control stations at every major airport for carriers to make it work. Also the KU satellite time is extremely expensive, again not making it worthwhile for carriers who need to turn a profit.

Once Trains are fully automated, then I might be concerned, but I don't see UAS taking over 121 or even 135 operations anytime soon
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From an aviation claims perspective, the first time a small automated commuter aircraft like those being developed crashes into a building downtown and plummets to the ground, killing 10s of people, the movement will be set back 10 years at least. Right now a Cessna 172 crash is still an exotic way to die and the media swarms like flies to s&*t. Countless people will post videos on twitter and youtube of the unfolding disaster. Then the lawsuits will roll in and these start ups will shell out big bucks to make it go away. They might be financially robust enough for 5-10 death death settlements, but the optics alone will be a major blow.

Now scale that up to airliner size. Insurers won't insure them, so the risk is 100% on the airline/manufacturer. One crash is bad. But then if there is another? Oh boy, the lawyers will come after them with everything they got, punitive, possibly criminal damages. The MAX issue times 10.
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