Opinion: Pilotless Commercial Aircraft Likely In 2020s, 2030s

If your kid is thinking of going to flight school and maybe incurring serious student debt—in your name—to become a commercial pilot, you might want to reconsider after reading this.

A new report from financial analysts at investment bank UBS takes a deep dive into the economics of potentially pilotless commercial aircraft and concludes that it is not a question of if, but when. Their best guess is almost certainly before the 2040s—when today’s college-age students …


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