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Andy Woolard

Roger that. Great points.

Albert Norwegian

Ignoring the metaphor, I believe that in the near-to-not-quite-distant future, the only humans flying aircraft will be recreation/hobbyist flyers. It is likely that computers will almost eliminate pilot error from commercial flight, making them far more desireable to aviation businesses.

The two desireable skills you raise, anticipation and brevity of communication, are things which an automated, computerized pilot will excel at beyond the reach of any human being (unless that human is himself somehow cognitively augmented). A flying computer would have instant communications access to complex data streams concerning meteorological, atmospheric, and traffic conditions, and be able to almost instantly calculate the necessary adjustments and corrections for the perfect flight/landing.

Many humans will likely continue flying simply for the joy of it but I doubt they will be hired by aviation companies.

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