FRANCE - Airbus Ready for Pilotless Jets

Arno Froese

The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all—and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea.

While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Christian Scherer said Airbus already has “the technology for autonomous flying” and for planes flown by just one pilot.

“This is not a matter of technology—it’s a matter of interaction with the regulators, the perception in the traveling public,” he told The Associated Press.

When it comes to autonomous passenger jets, safety is an obvious concern. It’s an issue that is on many minds after two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max jet that have implicated problematic anti-stall software.

Scherer said the crashes “highlighted and underlined the need for absolute, uncompromising safety in this industry, whether from Airbus, Boeing or any other plane.”

Scherer forecast continued growth in the aviation industry after several boom years, predicting the world will need at least 37,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years, especially in Asia—and that eventually the whole industry will stop creating emissions and “decarbonize.”, 17 June 2019

Arno's commentary

The airline industry is an important piece of the puzzle of globalism. For example, safety regulations are not a matter of a sovereign country, but are subject to the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program, established by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1992. It states, “The regulatory authorities in any sovereign country are obliged under the Chicago Convention to exercise regulatory oversight over air carriers within the state. Such international standards and recommended practices are laid down by the United Nations’ technical agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization.”

Here the issue is, will there be a full-size airplane operated by batteries? Based on the experts, it’s not a question of if, but only when. The need for 37,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years will force this technology to become reality.

We are living in a world that has experienced a technological explosion during the last two centuries, as never before in history. Here we are reminded of Daniel 12:4b: “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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