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February 2021 Issue

Drone Tools – Safely using autonomous flight modes

In the early days of aviation, as aircraft range and endurance increased, so did the fatigue experienced by pilots. Autopilots were invented in 1912, guiding aircraft to fly straight and level on a compass course and greatly reducing a pilot’s workload. For more than a century, autopilots have improved many aspects of aviation safety, but they have also created new problems. Autopilots, formally known as “flight-control systems” and casually called “George,” greatly increase the complexity...

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