How close is technology to creating civilian cargo and passenger aircraft that are unmanned?

By unmanned, I mean the aircraft are either operated by pilots on the ground, or operate autonomously. Are advances in military technology such as the creation of the MQ-9 reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk going to transfer to the civilian world? have any prototypes been made? Is general aviation as well as commercial aviation close to losing its aerial pilots? Should civilian pilots be fearing the loss of their jobs in the air or completely? Basically, how far along in unmanned technology outside of the military.

Asked By: Brian L - 8/20/2009
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The technology exists today... but it would be a problem of cost and public opinion... More
Answered By: Fly B - 8/20/2009
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You won't see passenger planes that are unmanned. You have peoples lives at risk. Do you think Sullenberger would have been able to do the job that he did with not being in the plane? Part of flying is feel. Also, if there is an emergency, the pilot needs to make decisions. I cannot see someone picking up the... More
Answered By: Anon - 8/20/2009
We're pretty far from having unmanned passenger aircraft... More
Answered By: Chris - 8/20/2009
They can do it now... but I want to see the first set of passengers faces when you tell them that there wont be a pilot on board today... and besides there not paying their pilots anyways why not keep them up there lol
Answered By: Ashley - 8/20/2009
The technology exists to allow for unmanned flight but it will never be allowed to be implemented on passenger planes where people`s lives are in the balance.
Answered By: Justin N - 8/20/2009
I pray to God that never happens, as even the best computer systems fail.
Answered By: flight simmer - 8/21/2009
We have the technology today; but do you really want MicroSoft flying any plane that you are in? They can't even get a simple home computer to work right... More
Answered By: Rapid Fire - 8/21/2009
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