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Think Autonomous Flight is Not Coming to Drones?

As I wrote in my 2021 drone prediction piece, a greater autonomous flight capability is coming to drones with less need for a skilled stick pusher.

This video on the Xwing airplane should persuade you the technology is coming fast for airworthy aircraft.

These advanced levels of autonomous flight aren’t new. Testing has been undergoing for years now and some newly certified aircraft even have an autoland button in case the pilot is incapacitated.

If that technology is available in manned aircraft, there can be no denying it will come to drones.

The role of the public safety drone pilot will become more of the supervision and management of the aviation program to comply with rules and regulations. The pilot will also become more of a data technician to interpret payload data and advise incident commanders.

The days of needing to rush to an incident scene and push sticks to fly are rapidly dwindling.

About Steve Rhode

The Public Safety Flight website is dedicated to news, honest information, tips, and stories about the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UAVs, aircraft, and drones in the fire service and other public safety niches.The site was founded by Steve Rhode, an FAA-certificated airplane commercial and instrument certificated pilot and a very experienced Part 107 UAS commercial pilot. Steve is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North Carolina Public Safety Drone Academy. He also provides expert advice to drone pilots through Homeland Security Information Network and he is an FAA Safety Team drone expert. Steve loves to work closely with public safety pilots to answer questions and share information, real-world truth, and drone operation advice. You can contact Steve here, learn more about Steve here, or join his public safety pilot private email list here.

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