Hey guys, Personally, I thoroughly enjoy the level of automation in modern-day cockpits (not to say that I don't enjoy stick and rudder flying, also). There's something about programming a route into an FMS, turning knobs, punching in numbers, and watching the machine's precision that I like (I was a crewmember in a decked out Cheyenne IIIA for a summer). However, where will this automation take us? We're already seeing UAVs become UCAVs, taking the pilot away from danger (a good thing) - will we eventually see crews reduced to one person on commercial flights? Will freight be hauled with no crew on board? What do you all think? Although we're all pilots, and therefore inherently biased, I think we can discuss this in an objective manner. Personally, I think the US Airspace system, along with weather, are too variable to put in the hands of a computer when dealing with human lives. However, I can easily see UAVs take the role of "eye in the sky" traffic reporting, border protection (surveillance), and limited freight function (I wouldn't entrust an important FedEx to a UAV, but maybe lesser items) within my lifetime (I'm twenty). Thoughts? J.