Wow, that was a great article. Good long-form journalism is not dead yet and hopefully never will be.

I've known a half dozen heli pilots over the years and for most of them there was a battle between the daily monotony of the job and the intense vigilance, the never-ending concentration it requires.

The pilots who answer questions on Quora are saying that computerized flight controls are making their jobs immensely easier so they can keep their feet on the floor (off the pedals) and hands folded in their laps.