Can’t Live With Them, or Without Them

Curious thing, automation is.

At a time when pilot error is at the center of an investigation of a 777 jetliner crash in San Francisco, unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAVs”) and drones are suspicious technologies among the flying public for their lack of a on-board pilot.

The irony is rich.

All of this demonstrates, in fact, the importance of the human factor in aviation – even in 2013 and beyond.

While actual statistics of drone crashes are not known, there are significant (and reasonable) guesses  that human error is a large factor.

At this early stage of drone deployment, it is not clear what legal framework (local,  national, and international) would be necessary to compensate those injured from drone accidents where operator error is at issue.