One in three would fly in a pilotless aircraft

Research by Revolution.Aero revealed a huge gap between genders and age groups when it comes to willingness to fly without a pilot in the cockpit

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Research found 37 per cent said they would definitely not fly pilotless
Research found 37 per cent said they would definitely not fly pilotless

One in three people would be prepared to fly on an aircraft with no pilot in the cockpit, new research finds.

 

According to Revolution.Aero some 15 per cent of people would ‘definitely’ fly in a pilotless aircraft with a further 19 said they would ‘probably’ do this. A similar number (37 per cent) said they would definitely not do this, with the remainder undecided.

 

Rethinking personal aviation

 

Revolution.Aero is a “global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionising business and personal aviation”. It pointed out that many in the aviation industry believe pilotless commercial aircraft will become a reality as the industry cannot produce enough pilots to meet growing demand for air travel.

 

A recent report from Boeing reveals that between 2018 and 2037, the world will need 790,000 new pilots.

 

The findings further reveal a huge gap between genders and age groups when it comes to be willing to fly in a pilotless aircraft.

“It is therefore fact and not fiction that in the not too distant future, people will be flying on aircraft that don’t have pilots in the cockpit”

Only 5 per cent of women say they would definitely do it, a further 17 per cent said they would probably do so. The corresponding figures for men are one quarter (23 per cent) and a fifth (21 per cent) respectively.

 

When it comes to different age groups, nearly half (47 per cent) of respondents aged between 18 and 24 say they would fly in an aircraft with no pilot in the cockpit, but this drops to under one fifth (19 per cent) for those aged 65 and over.

 

“Demand for air travel is increasing dramatically around the world, but the aviation sector cannot produce enough pilots to meet this,” said Alasdair Whyte, co-founder, Revolution.Aero.

 

“It is therefore fact and not fiction that in the not too distant future, people will be flying on aircraft that don’t have pilots in the cockpit.”

 

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