Instead of a pilot in the cockpit, how far are we from having commercial airplanes with remote pilots (like drones)?
- The remote pilot won't have any kind of space disorientation
- Each of its actions would be scrutinized in real-time
- pilot could be swapped every t time, so you'd always have a rested pilot
- less costs, all remote pilots could have a 9-17 type of work. The airlines would just pick one in the matching time zone
- the cockpit could be converted into a 1st A class space
Is there any situation where the pilot needs to feel the airplane, maybe not to override the information from instruments, but to complement it?
I'm aware that this might be a big no-no for some passengers, but how far are we of implementing this in a cargo airplane?