You know aircraft. Quick question: Can an Apache fly with 1 pilot, or are both the pilot and copilot/gunner needed for the aircraft to function properly? Wikipedia says both seats can do everything (in terms of flying and fighting), but didn't specify if both are necessary for it to operate, or if just one pilot can fly it.
As far as I know the pilot can fly it alone just fine, the reason for the dual controls being a safety measure.
Fun fact: There has only been one single-seat attack helicopter, the Ka-50 Black Shark:
And while a successful machine, field testing proved that it was too much for a single pilot to be the gunner as well, specially when dealing with guided armament, hence production of this machine was stopped, and a twin-seat modification was born, the Ka-52 Alligator
Helicopters are much harder to fly than planes, that’s why there’s always a necessity for a second pilot, while many combat aircraft operate just fine with just one, the A-10 and Su-25 being prime modern examples of this.