Why the FAA is keeping pilotless aircraft out of the air
A new study shows that pilots are becoming less and less willing to take on the job of flying the planes.
The study from the nonprofit Aviation Safety Network, which focuses on aviation safety issues, found that pilots’ willingness to fly is declining at an alarming rate.
The pilots surveyed were also far more likely to have experienced an accident during the course of their career, with a 25 percent rate of injuries in the study.
The pilotless plane industry is booming, and the FAA’s rules about pilots have allowed it to expand.
The rules, which were first enacted in 1996, require that pilots be at least 25 years old and have completed two years of flight training.
The FAA also requires that pilots must maintain a minimum of 10 hours of airtime per week, which is typically what pilots of other aircraft do.
In the new study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Business, the authors found that pilotless airplane crashes have dropped from a record high of 1,700 in 2009 to about 450 last year.
But the researchers also noted that the number of pilots has continued to grow, from about 2,000 in 2009 and 2,400 in 2010 to about 5,000 today.
The FAA has a few new rules to try to slow down the growth in the pilotless industry.
In 2016, the agency issued a new rule requiring that new pilots must have two years or less of flight experience, which will require a lot of training to be a safe pilot.
The agency also wants pilots to take responsibility for their own safety and be prepared to take over for a passenger on a busy route.