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NASA Advances Single-Pilot Airliner Possibilities

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on Jan 16, 2015

Another bad idea promoted by Aviation Week. Let's see the negative side of this idea published.

on Jan 18, 2015

Apparently you don't understand Aviation Week's business model. They are NOT in the business of promoting PUBLIC SAFETY; they're solely in the business of promoting aviation industry INTERNAL COMMERCE.

They make money from selling advertising to businesses trying to sell aviation THINGS to other aviation enterprises ("business-to-business" or "B2B" marketing). The business-to-business selling of aviation THINGS improves if AvWeek promotes aviation THINGS, and generates excitement about aviation THINGS, and keeps the industry focused on THINGS -- not people. The purpose of AvWeek is to make money off of selling THINGS, not supporting PEOPLE.

Flip through any back issue in the last decade, or most especially since Penton Media's recent takeover of the publication.

Similarly, NASA's culture is all about THINGS, GADGETS, TECHNOLOGY -- not about human affairs. Only the most imaginative interpretation -- and very-long-chain (often convoluted) line of reasoning can connect MOST of NASA's infatuations with substantially improved human life, overall.

The aerospace industry is largely built on the notion that enough technology can make the owners of it so powerful that they have no reliance on, nor vulnerability to, the vast majority of human beings -- concentrating power and wealth in the hands technology owners, stripping it from most other people.

This economic and political philosophy has been the driving force of technology in a free society for centuries, but especially in the last half-century, with technology used to concentrate most power and wealth in the hands of a few technology owners and (to a far lesser extent) technology operators. (The politics of democracy somewhat counteract the concentration of power inherent in ruthlessness free-market economics, but lately that's losing ground.)

AvWeek's business model is built on being the conduit of information for that accumulation of power and wealth.

Just as the Koch brothers have built their fabulous wealth on being the main owners of America's (and the world's) oil-distribution networks (pipelines, refineries, storage & shipping sites) -- playing the almost sole (and near-monopolistic) middle-man between an array of producers, and a vast array of consumers -- so, too, does AvWeek (particularly under Penton Media) envision itself as being that primary conduit of technology, or at least crtiical technology information, through which all the priceless news of the aerospace technology world must pass between producers and industry users.

To AvWeek's target audience of aviation industry executives, one of the greatest interests is eliminating labor costs (and threats), and replacing them with gadgets wholly owned and uttlerly controlled by the executives and their companies.

AvWeek is eager to oblige by providing crazy-assed "technology solutions" that nevertheless make the AvWeek-reading aviation executives salivate, and leap to buy from the technology vendors who advertise, lavishly, now and in the future, in AvWeek.

It's a way to get the power-buyers to flip through the pages (and ads) of AvWeek's countless technology vendors -- which makes those vendors very happy, and keeps them as continuing, ad-buying customers for AvWeek -- making Penton Media rich.

Technology doesn't have to make for good PUBLIC policy, at AvWeek. To AvWeek, ALL technology is good BUSINESS policy, no matter how bad for America and the world.

(And, in that tradition of thought, NASA isn't far behind.)

on Jan 16, 2015

So "stuff" happens and the pilot keys the mike with a MAYDAY!!!!
Then, a few seconds after; the comm link goes down, followed shortly after by the plane!
Need I say more?

on Jan 16, 2015

"Pilot Shortage" More like sacrificing the safety of a highly trained crew for the convenience of not having to pay a FO.

on Jan 17, 2015

This is a terrible idea for at least a dozen reasons that I could come up with without thinking too hard. As a passenger I would not fly on a single pilot airliner. As a commercial pilot, I would not fly alone up front on one. Dangerous all the way around.

on Jan 18, 2015

See my comments, and many others', along with the matching AvWeek text article, at:


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