Unmanned technology is often portrayed as potentially replacing the pilot. But a DARPA program is showing how autonomy could be used to reduce workload and improve safety in existing aircraft, while at the same time building trust in automation to pave the way toward reduced crew sizes on certain missions. Aurora Flight Sciences and Sikorsky conducted demonstrations in October concluding Phase 2 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Both are bidding for Phase 3. ...


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