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Boeing buys into automated aircraft technology company to deal with scarce, and costly pilots

Boeing buys into automated aircraft technology company to deal with scarce, and costly pilots

Let's not beat around the bush, Boeing is investing in getting rid of pilots to solve a growing shortage of them

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Certainty in component quality and a potential drop in costs drive more complex uses of 3D printing in jet making

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

Air NZ tries robotic check-ins at Sydney Airport this week

The Kiwis may be about to prove that they are much nicer to deal with than robotic automatons at airports

Asiana crash finding criticises airline, Boeing, automation, training

Asiana crash finding criticises airline, Boeing, automation, training

America’s NTSB has determined that the fatal crash last July of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, as it was landing at San Francisco,  was caused by the pilots mismanaging the descent and not aborting the landing to try again. However the safety agency has also criticised the training given to the pilots,  and the pilots’ over […]

Contest of the Control Freaks grows louder after AF447

Contest of the Control Freaks grows louder after AF447

A headline calling it a ‘battle’ of the control freaks would be an over reach at this stage, but there is no doubt that recent incidents and tragedies involving a loss of control over a modern computer aided airliner are turning up the volume on an important airline industry debate.

Pilotless airliners possible says prominent critic of automation

Pilotless airliners possible says prominent critic of automation

While remotely piloted, or pilotless airliners are inevitable one day, so is a 'cloudless' day inevitable, when the 'cloud' on which such plans rely will not only severely damage or destroy entire enterprises through 'impossible' system failures, but thousands upon thousands of unlucky air travellers.