Discuss: Boeing Tests Air Taxi

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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Boeing has tested its first autonomous air taxi. Discuss here if you think this represents a viable future travel option, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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January 28, 2019 at 10:27:57
I can't see how it will ever be possible to control air space - not for ordinary individuals use that is.

Maybe a market for remote areas and the super rich.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 28, 2019 at 13:02:06
Air space is already heavily controlled by ATCs. How different would it be for them to punch in the desired heading / altitude instead of saying it over a radio? Other than no longer requiring English and the aviation alphabet, of course. Current aircrafts are already heavily automated. Modern pilots are basically troubleshooters, in the cockpit for those rare times something goes wrong. Will complete automation lead to increased crashes? Probably. Will those crashes decrease tickets sold? Probably not appreciably.

The cynical take is airline companies have been in a race to the bottom for years, usually at the expense of pilots and crews. It's gotten to the point where new pilots are expected to work 80 hour weeks for $30,000 / year, and that's after they've completed a multiyear, expensive training schedule required to begin their career. High barrier to entry + long work hours + low pay = No pilots. The existing stock feel trapped in their industry, but they're starting to retire. What's an airline executive to do? Increase pilot salaries and pay for it with higher ticket prices or by cutting executive compensation? No! Continue to cry about the hole you dug yourself, and use it to justify total automation.

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