Although the presence of a pilot in the flight cabin is still considered to be one of the essential features of any commercial flight, it’s quite possible that in the not too distance future artificial intelligence in aeronautics will take on many of the pilot’s tasks.
It’s a proven fact that we passengers feel much safer if we know that the aircraft we are flying in is controlled by a person rather than a program.
If we don’t see pilotless planes flying in our skies in the future this won’t be down to development shortfalls but rather to the qualms felt by many passengers or certification problems, since aeronautical certification calls for a deterministic input that AI algorithms cannot offer.
Despite this AI is still playing an increasingly important role in pilots’ decision-making processes, not in order to replace them but rather to help out in particularly complex operations.
The future of aviation
The aeronautics industry foresees a huge rise in air traffic over the coming years. The upshot will be a higher number of planes flying and hence a corresponding increase in the complexity of air traffic management.
This new panorama makes it essential to take up decision-making aids, both from the ground and from the aircraft itself, in the interests not only of flight safety but also route sustainability.
Pilotless aircraft in the not too distant future
This transition from manual piloting to more automatic arrangements, transferring to AI decisions on technical faults, adverse weather or reduction in headway, will lead us in the not too distant future to autonomous planes.
The aeronautics industry and associated sectors are already girding their loins for this great transition. Far-reaching decisions have to be made not only on safety but also on the airlines’ operational profitability. The aim is for the itineraries to become safer and more efficiently organized.
Artificial intelligence in traffic control too
It is also planned to take up artificial intelligence applications and solutions in air traffic control, with the aim of helping to manage the growing volume of data and to be able to make decisions more quickly.
From the passengers’ point of view, artificial intelligence in aeronautics will help to cut fare prices due to the lower number of personnel in the flight cabin and in air traffic control facilities.
The future of aviation is shaping up to be thrilling and eventful. Enjoy the ride.
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