The safest year ever in civil aviation was 2017. That 2018 was worse has to do with the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737-8, among other accidents, raising questions about the extent of automation and how pilots can deal with it. The future role of pilots is also starting to be discussed as digitalization accelerates and commercial use of artificial intelligence begins. The options for future avionics and the redefinition of the pilot role appear to be more open than ever, given the ...

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