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Pilotless flight trialled in UK shared airspace

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

In April of this year a Jetstream airplane became the first “unmanned” aircraft to fly through shared airspace in the UK.

The 16 seater aircraft carried no passengers, and take-off in Warton was handled but a pilot on board.  The remainder of the 500 mile flight to Inverness was handled by another pilot on the ground, overseen by the National Air Traffic Services.

During its journey it flew through airspace with passenger carriers.  The aircraft contained many on-board sensors to help it detect and avoid an hazards.

This could have very big implications for the future of aviation.  What kinds of passenger carriers will we see in the future? Will pilots even be necessary in the air?

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk

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