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Airbus Wants To Take The Cockpit Out Of The Cockpit Of The Future

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Airbus has received a U.S. Patent that could literally reshape the way planes are flown. The design will be like flying a drone, but the pilots still be on the plane, looking at a digitally displayed real-time image rather than through traditional cockpit windows. (flightclub.jalopnik.com) More...

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btweston
btweston 3
Or they are considering new ideas for efficient aircraft of the future. Either way.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
In any case, you have a 100 percent power failure on the aircraft in flight.. No cameras, no video... What are they going to do other than Pray....
preacher1
preacher1 1
Stuff can and does happen. You don't hear a lot about it because in most cases a good team of pilots overcomes the small stuff and gets it on the ground, all safe and sound, and nobody but them and mx knows about it.
captainjman
Jason Feldman 1
If they plan on having pilots sit in the tail I really need to lose weight! LOL - Gotta love those high tech drawings used for the article... I am surprised they didn't just use stick figures!

yeah - the nice thing about glass is that still lets you see outside even when computers or electricity fails.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
LOL, you would look good flying a Tail Dragger version of a 380 :) LOL...
captainjman
Jason Feldman 4
if my fat ass sat in the tail it would be a A380 tail dragger
preacher1
preacher1 1
Are you trying to say your hiney has gotten larger since you been on it. LOL
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
I did not know they had a Mind to Set...
preacher1
preacher1 2
You would have thought they'd have had second thoughts about that after the 447 fiasco
jwmson
jwmson 5
Reminds me of the old joke about the cabin announcement welcoming passengers to the first fully automated flight with no pilots. "We have reached our crusing altitude of 33,000 feet and turned off the seatbelt sign. This is the first fuly automated plane with no pilots, only a foolproof computer. We assure that nothing can go wrong ... go wrong...go wrong..."
It's way I say, "If it ain't Boeing, I'm not goin'. "
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 3
And the other joke about the "cockpit of the future":

The flight crew?
One pilot, and a dog. The dog would be there to bite the hand of the pilot if he/she tried to touch anything.
Klingman
J.D. Klingman 3
The pilot would be there to feed the dog.
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 2
"Kibbles & Bits", "Kibbles & Bits"....hmmmmm....reminds me of some crew meals from the past...(I kid you NOT!).

A can of tuna, a packet of mayonnaisse and some crackers....THAT was a description of an ACTUAL "crew meal" back during the time of "Continental Lite" (please, look it up)!!! Oh WAIT!!! Here it is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_Lite
preacher1
preacher1 1
You ought to have been able to fatten up on that.LOL
avihais
Brilliant the pilots can sit on the loo and fly. Damn a circuit breaker just popped... your screens blank too?
onceastudentpilot
tim mitchell 2
stupid
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
I have to laugh at this one.. I have seen real jokes before, but this one tops it...
rayzeeman
I have my doubts about this one, but I do kind of like the other patent mentioned in the last paragraph, about the trap door that drops potential hijackers into a cell beneath the cabin floor. Maybe go one better and make it an airlock, first into the cell, then on out the bottom.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Well, if they put the cockpit in the luggage rack, it will be ready to go. Two trap doors, so you don't lose much pressure.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Not surprised. They've been taking the flying away from the pilots for a long time now.
jbbooks1
Lewis Tripp 1
Yeah, right. Sounds like the something idiots would try to do.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Airbus has long made know their disdain for a pilot and by bits and pieces finding ways to take them out of the loop. As I understand this, pilots would be on board but would only have a virtual view of the outside via a camera. How many of you have ever had a screen go dark in your face, whether on an aircraft panel, or your PC at the house. Can we say flying blind. A failure here would make "under the hood seem like child's play. I don't think I won't to participate in this.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Airbus may want to populate the interim ground station I mentioned above with folks with Medicare cards.....
tcmarks
Tim Marks 1
I believe this idea came from the bean counters without consulting any engineers or pilots for their input. I can see Scarebus putting a big picture window in the front of their airplanes to put the next level of 'ultra' class passengers to charge them 10X what a first class passenger currently pays.....they will get a panoramic view of the earth just before the computers nose the aircraft into a building, side of a hill or another aircraft when the pilot's viewscreen goes blank.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I do have a question here though; all kidding aside, if they still have the pilots on board and flying the plane, where is the savings? except maybe in the windscreen area but then that would be offset by the cost of screen/computer? Maybe I'm missing something unless this is just a first step toward a pilotless aircraft; either that or they really have some computer salesman that has some stroke. LOL
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
No Forward Windshields to break, Since people would be forward of the crew, the crew would no longer be the first ones to the crash site... I think they are looking at a pilotless aircraft. There philosophy has always been the computer should have prioty over the pilot and they have proven this time and time again. They believe too much in automation. I think it is very funny to have a pilot located in the tail of the aircraft in the Vertical Stab.

I am certainly glad they patented this, as I would hate to see someone else steal it... This idea needs to go underground... WAY UNDERGROUND....
preacher1
preacher1 2
Sad part is that some of these Airbus slugs would talk about how great it was as they sat down in the tail. Maybe they should not have patented it and let somebody steal it. LOL
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Sounds like a not-so subtle concept to move the pilot to a ground station somewhere. Then the next step is to automate the ground station.
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 1
I think this is a terrible and scary idea. There's something comforting knowing your flight crew is in the front of the plane. Boarding and knowing they were in the aft portion or under the deck would be really creepy to me. I seriously would have a hard time flying commercial knowing that.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
What is there to be scared of other than the famous Microsoft "Blue Screen Of Death", Auto Pilot failure, or one of his Monitors to go blank, or even a power failure....

Besides, this would be better for the crew in the case of a crash.. LOL, it would be harder to blame it on pilot error and they would no longer be the first to get to the crash seen... :)
skuttlerats
Jeffrey Babey 1
I think I soiled myself reading that Sparkie....lol I hope Airbus doesn't destroy my love of flying. And I just started flight school too! But I don't think I can sit in the tail of a 1978 Cessna 172....lol
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Last to the party, so to speak?
preacher1
preacher1 1
Did THE ONION publish this story?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
LOL, I don't think so, but it could be a close relative
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Airbus doesn't do satire....on purpose anyway.
sgbelverta
sharon bias 1
They've already proven that smart cars can be hacked to their brakes stop working. See this 2013 article: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/09/04/hackers-find-weaknesses-in-car-computer-systems/

I do not want to fly in a plane that doesn't have a human in the cockpit that can at least try and override or correct a hack.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, according to this, there would be pilots on board; they just would not have a real life look out the windshield; all on camera. Hence they could locate the cockpit anywhere in the plane.

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