A consortium that includes aircraft companies, researchers, the US government and Nasa is at work on a system of computer-assisted piloting that will allow private pilots to fly with less training than is required to get a driver’s license. In one recent test, a twelve-year-old boy was given a short briefing before successfully taking off and landing a plane.
Manufacturers are expected to take advantage of the “Highway in the Sky” system and one company, Moller International, is already building a craft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities that can carry four people at up to 400mph. The company says prices will match mid-range BMW automobiles. An associated project is aimed at developing hundreds of small, automated airports called “smartports” for the enabled aircraft using computerized air traffic control.
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