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The Germanwings crash earlier this year once again reminded us that human pilots are not always failsafe.With such incidents, the question is inevitably raised as to whether it is feasible or desirable to have commercial flights that do not require a human pilot.While there are cases of heroic pilots saving aircraft in emergency situations (most notably the U.S. Airways Hudson River landing in 2009), human pilot error is responsible for 80 percent of all accidents in military and commercial flights.Moving to single-pilot operations (SPO), however, is very different from moving to pilotless aircraft.Given this psychological need, passengers will likely be resistant to the idea of having no pilot on the plane.Instead of having a dedicated pilot, attendants may be required to be certified as pilots to allow them to both provide services in the cabin and be able to take over for the automation in the case of an emergency.
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