In April this year, the US House of Representatives proposed and passed the FAA Re-authorization Bill, with a few surprises attached to the end. On top of allowing the country’s airspace to function for another year, the bill approved several research projects; the most prominent being the call for a study into the viability of single-pilot cargo operations assisted with remote piloting. While the bill must still pass the Senate, the current text of this direction is below and linked here.
SEC. 744. SINGLE-PILOTED COMMERCIAL CARGO AIRCRAFT.
(a) Program.—The FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, shall establish a research and development program in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.
“So, what is the big deal?” you may ask, “research is good!”