SYSTEMS: Drones are controversial for all sorts of reasons, but they're not the only pilot-less aircraft flying around. Commercial aviation might be a long way from having only the passengers chilling out in the cabin, but the technology is in place for aircraft to be controlled from the ground. READ MORE on BBC News.
A Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly across UK shared airspace last month without a pilot at the controls - almost.
An on-board pilot handled the take-off in England and landed it in Scotland at the end of the test flight.
But during the 500-mile journey, the specially adapted plane was controlled by a pilot on the ground, instructed by the National Air Traffic Services (the UK's national ATC service)
There were no passengers, but the 16-seater aircraft flew in airspace shared with passenger carriers.
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