- Jan 3, 2022
- Oh Canada!
Modern airliners can almost fly themselves. After the flight plan has been inputted into the FMS the plane can practically fly itself. And if I'm not mistaken, in certain situations autonomous landings do occur. Computers have become an integral component of modern aircraft. Modern fighter jets wouldn't be able to achieve the performance they have without modern computer systems (controlled by wire). With that being said, when diversions or emergency scenarios occur you want a well trained (and rested) human being at the controls. Technological innovation is progressing faster than ever, the time between one innovation and the next becoming smaller, I think it's only a matter of time before AI would be able to act as an actual pilot. However, I doubt it'll be anytime soon.
Yes, exactly. There is a temptation to think that the technology is almost there, just because it copes 99.9% of the time. But that other 0.1% is crucial, and can be a thousand times harder to achieve than the first 99.9% was.