Moves to license pilot-less aircraft worry German pilots association

Moves to license pilot-less aircraft worry German pilots association

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The new head of Germany’s Pilots’ Association has come out strongly against moves towards licensing pilot-less aircraft.

“The highest level of safety can only be achieved in a combination of human and machine,’’ Vereinigung Cockpit President, Markus Wahl, said in an interview with dpa.

He expressed concern over moves to do away with the third pilot on long-haul routes, seeing this as a step along the road to fully autonomous planes.

He declined to comment specifically on the recent accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max8, immediately after take-off that showed similarities with a Lion Air crash in October, but said there was a question mark over how much more technology pilots would have to master in the cockpit.

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Wahl also voiced concern about the increase in unmanned flying objects, such as drones and about future plans for pilot-less flying taxis to carry passengers to airports, calling for regulation. 

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