Whether they are being spotted on the approach to a busy airport, dropping on to the White House lawn or crashing while carrying drugs in Tijuana, the issues raised by unmanned aircraft arguably are the most controversial in aviation for decades. But the concern and contention lift to new levels with the potential for bringing unmanned technology on to the airliner flightdeck, whether the rationale is to improve safety or offset a looming pilot shortage, or both. The poles of the argument ...

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