This is big UAV almost 2-1/2 the size of Wingloong II . The first twin engine UAV. Who manufacture them? what is the useful load ?
Ok I got confused with Wingloong ITB001 has a MTOW listed at 2800kg
WingLoong II has an MTOW of 4200kg... Wingloong II is much bigger than TB001.
Pilot costs are quite significant, and pilot availability can also be a serious issue, just look at Ryanair.Never end what they can do with drone Now we have transport drone. why do you need transport drone shortage of pilot?
You've forgotten one thing: this pilot doesn't need to look out of the cockpit so isn't troubled by fog.Pilot costs are quite significant, and pilot availability can also be a serious issue, just look at Ryanair.
The pilot's salary and hotel costs are pretty much fixed weather he is flying an A380 or a Gulfstream. The bigger the plane, the more units of cargo/passengers you can use to absorb the pilot costs. But under a certain size and volume, having a human pilot becomes prohibitively expensive. But with a drone, you massively reduce that pilot cost and could potentially eliminate it entirely in the not too distant future.
Amazon is already trailing drones for small premium package delivery, so it's only a small step up to scale that up to converted small cargo planes.
What more, with a drone, you remove the need to worry about pilot fatigue, so could use piston engines that are slower but more economical than turbofan jet engines, further reducing cost.
Unlike passengers who are sentimental and paranoid, cargo doesn't care if there is a living pilot onboard or not, so I see cargo planes being the first to be automated.
Then, after a few billion miles of incident free flight, the airline industry and passengers will have more confidence about unmanned airliners.