UAS Unlikely In Large All-Cargo Operations: FedEx

While FedEx can see a future in which small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) might be involved in air freight, FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith today stopped short of predicting widespread use of UAS at the larger end of the spectrum, declaring that aircrews will likely remain essential to large aircraft operations for a long time.“While we see a logical transition to unmanned, small-freighter aircraft, we believe well-trained aircrews will be required for large commercial, all-cargo aircraft for the foreseeable future for many reasons including sociological concerns, safety and operational flexibility,” Smith said in an address to the International Aviation Club in Washington.

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