Re: Is there a need for a Helm Department?
Automation is all very well and good, but like any system it can fail. Today a plane could take off, fly to it's destination and land all by itself." But would you fly on it without a pilot?
Old-ish pilot joke:
They started introducing dogs to flight crews. Their job: to bite the pilot if he ever tries to touch the controls.
As of 2006 (when I was in school for aerospace engineering) the only thing the autopilot couldn't do was taxi to and from the gate. I'm sure that isn't an issue anymore.
You perceive wrongly. I feel unimaginable happiness wasting time talking with women. I'm that type of human.