‘monumental Aviation Achievement’: A Pilot-free Plane in California Flies Above San Jose


Recently, a California-based business declared that it had pilot-free flight tested a small freight plane.

The successful autonomous flight of a Cessna 208B Caravan last month without any passengers, according to Reliable Robotics, a manufacturer of aircraft automation systems, was a first for the aviation industry.

On November 21, the Cessna 208B Caravan took off from a location just outside of San Jose.

Reliable’s control center, located 50 miles away, dispatched a remote pilot to oversee the pilotless aircraft, according to the Mountain View, California-based company.

The business went on to say that this is all a part of their efforts to introduce cutting-edge safety-enhancing solutions to the American market.

Col. Elliott Leigh, Director of AFWERX and Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of the Air Force, said, “This historic aviation achievement is a great example of how AFWERX accelerates agile and affordable capability transitions for the world’s greatest Air Force.” “This milestone accelerates dual-use un-crewed flight opportunities, increasing aviation safety and enabling us to bring a broad range of autonomous military capabilities into denied environments.”

According to an announcement from the firm, Reliable Robotics has been working with the Air Force under a number of contracts since 2021. In June 2023, the FAA formally accepted the certification plan for Reliable’s autonomous flight system.

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