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The Aussies Pursue Pilotless Aircraft Business

by John M. White |  | 3 comments

Ah, I can hardly await. The Australians have decided to invest $6M at an airport in Brisbane to develop the unmanned aircraft business.  It will open in January next year and employ some 35 scientists from the Queensland University of Technology in a joint venture with the Brisbane Airport Authority. Before we get to worked up, the truth is these are rather small aircraft being developed for special purpose use such as powerline patrol, search and rescue and bushfire fighting. The development of these aircraft will create new aviation jobs and will range in size from a small dog to a large jetski. While the Aussies are developing peaceful use pilotless aircraft, the Chinese are developing military pilotless aircraft for themselves. The truth is technology marches forward, and I can not believe it will be too long before we see pilotless large commercial aircraft. Click on image to enlarge Not in my lifetime, I hope. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 To invent a plane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything. -- Otto Lilienthal

Comments (3)

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019


    Not quite sure I understand your comment. Why would not wanting to see pilotless commercial aircraft shorten my life?

    If you don’t believe that some of this technology isn’t always helpful you should read about the Air France flight that crashed when computers took over the flight.


  • Global Express Range on June 24, 2019

    i hope to see pilotless large commercial aircrafs in my life time.

  • Dave Brough on June 24, 2019

    You say you don’t want to see pilotless commercial aircraft in your lifetime. Are you deliberately trying to shorten it?

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