Says the Robbster:
Over half of Air Force UPT (undergraduate pilot training) grads are now assigned to pilot drones rather than a real aircraft.* The big question is why are drone pilots, guys that fly robots remotely from a computer terminal, going to a very expensive year of pilot training?
And then gives the answer: so they can control personnel deployment and therefore protect budget lines. But if airpower maintenance goes the way of every other career, there’s no reason why drone piloting shouldn’t be organised on a call centre basis. It’s the sort of thing that could provide, for instance, Salford with employment, and Salfordians already employed standing outside doors with an entrée to the middle classes: virtual bouncing, conducted in the warm. I think this is more likely than the Robbster’s scenario of South Korean-inspired virtual thumb ninjas.