Flyer Fact Friday: Remote-controlled passenger planes, anyone?

Can you imagine a world where unmanned planes, trains and automobiles are the norm? While this idea may sound like a futuristic scene out of a sci-fi movie, it is actually a lot more realistic than we think.

Aurora Flight Science Corp., a developer and manufacturer of unmanned systems and aerospace vehicles, has been making great strides in their quest to produce the first remote control passenger plane.

Their 4,100-pound twin-propeller remote-controlled airplane, Centaur, is the first large-scale fixed wing unmanned aircraft to make a successful landing.

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For now, the FAA regulations are keeping this latest technology out of commercial airspace. However, John Langford, CEO of Aurora Flight Science Corp., believes that it is only a matter of time before unmanned airplanes become the way of the future.

In Langford’s interview with CNN he predicts that remote-controlled passenger flights are five years away.

“I’m a huge believer that the unmanned airplane revolution will make aviation safer for everybody,” said Langford.

It will be interesting to see where the future will take us, but for now, we are happy having our trustworthy pilots guiding us safely to our destinations.

Stay tuned for next week’s Flyer Fact Friday as well as our weekly update on what’s happening around the airport.

Happy travels,

– The Terminal

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