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BlueberryWheats
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Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:19 am

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2214731-robot-pilot-that-can-grab-the-flight-controls-gets-its-plane-licence/

This is an interesting development. We're all aware of aircraft being converted to drone aircraft for target practice etc, but here we have a robot that has been developed that can in theory be sat in the seat of any cockpit and fly a plane, and then be removed again to allow a human to fly the plane. No avionics integration, it apparently just "reads" the instruments and manually manipulates the flight controls.

It has already passed an FAA practical test, and can take off, follow a flight plan and land without human intervention.

All very impressive, but I'd still rather a human up front.
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:37 pm

The picture I saw when I clicked the article is not nearly as cool as the robot I was picturing in my head...
 
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:44 pm

N766UA wrote:
The picture I saw when I clicked the article is not nearly as cool as the robot I was picturing in my head...


Totally agree. I mean, it's not even wearing aviator sunglasses.
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:59 pm

BlueberryWheats wrote:

All very impressive, but I'd still rather a human up front.


There's a drive among some in tech to automate out as many jobs as possible. These people believe no job, including their own is safe. Transport such as planes, trains and automobiles are low hanging fruit to these people, a few notches above secretarial work. You may disagree with this assessment, but that's the view.

If machines can prove to be as competent as humans in similar circumstances, you bet airlines will give pilots pink slips. They don't need pay, won't unionize, won't call in sick. One of the few advantages we flesh bags have is adapatibility and the ability to process novel experiences.
 
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:44 pm

It had it's FAA practical test, then took its first flight? Yeah right. I'm assuming it performed practical test maneuvers is all. Sounds more like catchy journalism. Your telling me an FAA inspector sat in the other seat as sole occupant and examined as this robot performed tasks that he instructed it to do on the spot? Made and understood radio calls? "Simulated engine out", find a place to land... lol.
I'm curious about the robot's own mechanical redundancy in flight. One screwed up actuator or dislodged mount due to G forces and it's over.
 
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:50 pm

To quote Dr. Ian Malcolm, famous mathematician:

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:56 pm

How long until we see these boys rolling down the terminal wearing aviators flanked by robot flight attendants wearing skirts.
 
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:59 pm

But will it fly all maneuvers to ACS standards? Buy the DPE a cup of coffee? Shine his shoes?
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:08 pm

And so it begins. Pilots will be obsolete in my lifetime, count on it. We will get used to automatic vehicles, why not? First for cargo airlines and after that passenger aircraft will follow suit. Pilots are just one of many who will be automated away. Not a nice thing to say on this website, but it is one I firmly believe in.

BlueberryWheats wrote:
N766UA wrote:
The picture I saw when I clicked the article is not nearly as cool as the robot I was picturing in my head...


Totally agree. I mean, it's not even wearing aviator sunglasses.



:lol:

That made me laugh.
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Re: Robot with a pilot licence

Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:38 pm

I actually recognize those flight instruments !
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