With on-board computers in control of many functions on commercial flights, the idea of airliners being flown solo, without the need for a captain and first officer, as is currently the standard, could soon become a reality. Embraer says it has set a goal of making planes capable of single-pilot flight within 10 to 15 years, and avionics group Thales is developing a next-generation cockpit to enable single-pilot operations without the need for a backup.

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