During an Association of the United States Army-sponsored aviation forum, Major General Bill Gayler made it known that it was not 'complete', but "supervised autonomy" that's in favor.

As the commander of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Maj. Gen. Gayler had much to say in the case for supervised autonomy, citing scenarios where human intervention would be required to override controls, and likewise the ways automatic systems could fail against sophisticated cyber and electronic countermeasures. Sensors that can detect hostile fire and scan terrain to help pilots choose the best flight path is the kind of future he sees, stating they would "aid a human in the loop and augment the pilot rather than replacing the pilot."

Colonel Thomas von Eschenback seemed to agree with the supervised autonomy goal, while simultaneously cautioning against sensors that might take over the pilot's or maintenance crew's ability to determine an aircraft's needs, making automated decisions that may be unnecessary.

According to Chris Van Buiten, vice president of Sikorsky Aircraft's innovations, the daily efforts being made toward reaching the supervised autonomy goal are to aid pilots in various critical situations, such as degraded vision and high-intensity flying environments. 

To learn more about the advantages of and ideas for supervised autonomy, you can read the original article here.

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