Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
Quickly, what do all of these have in common?
- Bowling Alley Pinsetter
- “Knocker Uppers” (Human Alarm Clock)
- Ice Cutter
- Pre-radar Listeners For Enemy Aircraft
- Rat Catchers
- Lamp Lighter
- Switchboard Operator
Yep, you got it, these are all professions/occupations that no longer exist. And, if you are one of those who believes in what British Defense company BAE Systems says, “Pilot” may be added to the list. That’s why if you are a pilot, or want to become one, you should be most interested in PILOTLESS PLANES AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“Well,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, noted, “a while back the folks at AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORP. (AFSC) in Rome, New York tested their new craft, the Centaur, in an FAA-designated area and, from what I understand, things went pretty well.”
While the Centaur, a four passenger craft that is considered an “optionally piloted aircraft,” may have done well, a key factor is that, to date, “pilotless planes” are only allowed in restricted airspace away from other air traffic. John Langford, CEO of AFSC, stated that he is “a firm believer that the unmanned aircraft revolution will make aviation safer for everybody.”
“Well, the ‘unmanned aircraft revolution’ certainly is a possibility,” TURBINE TRAINING Vice President Jason Wolcott, shared, “but I think I tend to agree with Patrick Smith, who authors Cockpit Confidential.”
Smith contends that a pilot does far more when a plane is flying via “auto pilot” than anyone has any idea. Further, Smith goes on to add that “technologically we have the capability of creating pilotless flights, just as we have the capability of living in glass domes on Mars.” However, he continues, “just because it is possible doesn’t mean that it is practical, affordable, safe, or even desirable. And, the technological and logistical challenges are daunting to say the very least.”
“I think,” Jason said with a big smile in his voice, “that pilots are going to be needed for quite some time to come.”