February 5, 2020
The relationship between work and technology has existed for as long as human society, from the invention of wheel to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). Technology has been used to make work faster, more efficient, and more productive, and nowhere is that more true than in the aviation industry. Aviation is a line of work that requires a deeper level of interaction between human and machine— whether it’s the design and engineering of an aircraft, or the coordination between pilot and air traffic controller. Modern society has come a long way from the Wright brothers’ 59-second flight in 1903. Now, more than ever, technology has become part and parcel of the aviation experience. Here’s what working as a pilot today is like.
The emergence of AI has had far-reaching impacts on a variety of fields, and aviation is no different. Airplanes are complex machines that are affected by a variety of factors like weather, cargo load, aerodynamics, and human management. The aviation industry makes use of AI to minimize error and maximize efficiency in aircraft. Systems such as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) use sensor data to automate the management of the aircraft due to flight …