7BOEING7 wrote:Anybody thinking this (single pilot) can't possibly happen is like the proverbial ostrich -- sticking their head in the sand.
Even today after takeoff on a "normal" flight the only actions required by the pilot is raising and lowering the gear and flaps, setting climb and descent altitudes, setting approach information and speeds, selecting autobrakes and reverse thrust. With a little more automation and uplink capability most of this could be done with no pilot action what so ever. It will come in little bits and pieces until takeoff is automated, then its all over.
Single pilot monitors auto takeoff, gear retracts automatically when airborne, flaps retract automatically as speed increases, airplane flies FMS provided vertical and lateral profile, FMS accepts ATC uplinked modifications automatically, descent profile including altitudes, landing speeds and autobrake setting is uplinked, gear and flaps are extended automatically and the airplane makes an automatic landing, braking as necessary to clear at the ATC selected turn off. Much of this can be done already.
But again you better redesign the whole ATC system. There is this view on here that everything is done like a movie script. It’s not. You also forgot setting the navigation points, or deviations for weather or a bunch of other things. Look when you “tech” guys vastly change the ATC environment I work in I’ll buy all of this. Uplink this up link that. Funny especially when I just had to do my own landing numbers and data because wait for it the uplink didn’t work. But this argument goes around and around because the tech gods will always say that wouldn’t happen because of this this and this. Fired up the new cpdlc the other day waited waited waited, picked up that old technology radio to call clearance oh yeah it’s down and we are having a hard time with sending clearances are you ready to copy? Sure I used even older technology the pen to write it down. But yes I know that would never happen. I have seen pilots do weird thing and I have certainly seen my airplane do some weird stuff.