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Old May 15 2013, 10:11 PM   #44
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Re: Is there a need for a Helm Department?

MacLeod wrote: View Post


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.
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