Only 37% said they would definitely not do this, with the remainder undecided.
The research into what percentage of people would fly in a pilotless aircraft is from Revolution.Aero, the global meeting place for people who are reshaping, rethinking and revolutionising business and personal aviation.
Many in the aviation industry believe pilotless commercial aircraft will become a reality as the industry cannot produce enough pilots to meet growing demand for air travel. Indeed, a recent report from Boeing reveals that between 2018 and 2037, the world will need 790,000 new pilots.
Revolution.Aero’s findings further reveal a huge gap between genders and age groups when it comes to be willing to fly in a pilotless aircraft. Only 5% of women say they would definitely do it, a further 17% said they would probably do so. The corresponding figures for men are 23% and 21% respectively.
When it comes to different age groups, 47% of those aged between 18 and 24 say they would fly in an aircraft with no pilot in the cockpit, but this drops to 19% for those aged 65 and over.
Alasdair Whyte, Co-Founder, Revolution.Aero said: “Demand for air travel is increasing dramatically around the world, but the aviation sector cannot produce enough pilots to meet this. It is therefore fact and not fiction that in the not too distant future, people will be flying on aircraft that don’t have pilots in the cockpit.”