Look Ma, no hands!
Could the pilots of the future only have to thinktheir commands to control an aircraft?
Scientists working on an EU project called ‘Brainflight’ have now demonstrated that this isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.
In tests they had seven people with varying levels of flight experience fitted with electroencephalography (EEG) electrodes, which measure electrical impulses naturally produced by the brain.
They were then sat in a flight simulator and instructed how to ‘think’ their plane around the skies.
The accuracy with which they followed the instructions was high enough to satisfy the requirements for a pilot’s licence.