The other day I was watching the Discovery Channel about the future of aviation. I tell you they had some pretty wild ideas:
The cockpit of a future large commersial aircraft would have no windows, instead the land outside the plane would be re-generated in a virtual image in front of the pilots. Most future planes would have no pilot, instead a computer would have much safer and reliable control over the aircraft. Passengers would not have to worry about crashes, all future aircraft would carry a parachute on the fuselage that would make a falling plane touch down gently on the earth. A plane the size of a 747 would need a chute the size of three football fields! All controls on a future aircraft would be digitalized and automatic. The pilots (if any) would only need to turn it on and set the autopilot. All future planes will be supersonic or nearly so. A transatlantic flight in a future aircraft would take 4 hours with the aircraft reaching an altitude higher than the space shuttle for a moment. Passengers will not need windows.
What do you think? I hate these ideas. No need for pilots, ha! What if the sytem fails, you need manual backup! And the passengers would feel uneasy about a computer flying the plane. And no windows! Who wants to fly if they can't enjoy the view! A parachute for a 747-sized plane!
What do you think? These ideas seem too far-fetched. I like aviation the way it is!