Flying-Tiger wrote:strfyr51 wrote:that might well be ok for outside the USA bot were one to crash with fatalities in the USA? The loss of life would not start to compare with the lawsuits. were the airplanes to have a drone copilot? someone NOT on the airplane who could also fly in an emergency? That might also work . But? At what cost?
Why not? The idea is acutally a pretty good one. You certainly won´t need to have a 1:1 ratio. What about having a "flight ops" center monitoring all flights of a specific single pilot type, manned by type-rated pilots? Say one pilot on the ground monitors 5 flight and is available to these five flight to chip in remotely if needed. Maybe have a full flight simulator next door which can have live feed from the flight in trouble, where an on-ground pilot takes over?
The cruise industry established something similar after the Costa Concordia accident of Italy, all the major cruise lines now at minimum remotely monitor what is happening on a vessel´s bridge resp. they are able to take over full control if necessary as far as I´m aware.
That’d be more expensive than just putting the second pilot in the seat.