UAV-like passenger flights are in the works

09/6/2013 | CNN

BAE Systems is testing technology for pilotless passenger jets and has worked up to putting passengers and two pilots on board. The on-board pilots handle taking off and the climb to 7,000 feet, but then the remote pilot takes over. "(Next) we've got to find ways of introducing technology to replace the man on the aircraft and indeed amending the regulations. All the (current) regulations assume a pilot to be onboard the aircraft and that's the way it's been for the past 100 years or so," said Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal, who heads up BAE's ASTRAEA program.

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