Frank McLoughlin Posted over 1 year ago Should passenger aircraft become fully automated (pilotless)? I see there is a TED talk referring to the Hudson river event as a "Miracle landing". I'm sure it felt like that, but in fact it was the product of a large amount of knowledge, extreme professionalism, expert handling and fully engaged crew with instant response in the front end of the aircraft. Listening to the recording of the air traffic control conversation, the men on the ground could not have handled this - they had only just understood the situation when the aircraft was lined up on final approach. . When things go smoothly, remember the aviator's adage: "The superior pilot is the one who uses his superior knowledge to avoid situations which require him to use his superior skills." I would fly with Mr Sullenberger anywhere any time. Not so with a computer or ground crew in command.l.