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The purpose of this research paper is to shed light on the feasibility and implications concerning the introduction of single-pilot operations on air transport category aircraft. As technology has been advancing over the past few decades, autonomous artificial intelligence software has started to become more popular, finding higher demands in various industries. With current issues such as the pilot shortage and raising pilot wages, airlines are looking for ways to cut down on costs and preserve a healthy work force level. The implementation of this artificial intelligence technology on the aircraft flight deck provides a potential solution to this problem. On a functional level, this software could easily prove to take on many of the tasks that current pilots face. There are, however, other considerations that play a large role in the overall feasibility of its implementation, most notably the human factors aspect of removing the first officer. Due to these human factors concerns, the likelihood that this technology can be incorporated effectively is improbable.


Aviation Science

Thesis Comittee

Veronica Cote (Thesis Advisor)

Michael Welch

Michael Farley

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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