Every year, aviation experts and engineers come together to predict the technology trends that will impact the aviation industry. These predictions can vary from new aircraft designs to advances in cockpit instrumentation. To stay ahead of the competition, aviation businesses need to pay attention to these trends and plan accordingly. More sustainable and long-term options of air travel are now being developed, and business owners like Rob Wiesenthal, CEO of Blade Air Mobility are considering investing in more cost-effective technology that can revolutionize the industry.
Here are some of the most important technology trends for the aviation industry to focus on in 2022.
1. Increased Focus On Sustainability And Reducing Emissions
The aviation industry is now heavily focused on reducing its carbon footprint. In 2012, Boeing estimated that the aviation industry is responsible for 2% of worldwide greenhouse gasses. Newer aircraft are being designed to use lighter materials and more efficient engines, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, in 2022 there will be a significant rise in electric-powered airplanes that run on batteries or hybrid power systems. This is a revolutionary step in making air travel environment-friendly!
2. More Automated Flights
There is a significant rise in the use of autopilots and Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems. The Flight Management System, which automates certain aspects of flying, will be relied upon more by pilots to monitor the aircraft’s position and adjust course as required to ensure safety. In addition, planes are now equipped with Head-Up Displays to provide essential information such as speed and altitude directly in front of the pilot without having to look down at their instruments. Automated landing systems have been implemented on commercial airliners for better landings. This provides increased safety due to reduced human error, thus increasing passenger confidence. With automation becoming a part of everyday life it is easy to see why many airplanes will become even more automated.
3. Increased Use Of Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning
AI and Machine learning are taking over every aspect of technology. The aviation industry is no exception, using these technologies for everything from piloting the plane to fueling and maintaining. These fields are the future of technology, and the aviation industry is already using them in its modern planes.
4. Commercial Use Of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Or Drones
Drones were once only used for military purposes, but now they are becoming a common sight in our everyday lives. Drones are used commercially all over the world for many tasks such as deliveries, inspections, surveillance, etc. Airlines will most likely begin to employ this technology in the future with unmanned aircraft systems taking over menial jobs at airports so pilots can concentrate on other tasks during their time on duty.
5. Automation of Air Traffic Control Management
Aircraft are increasingly being equipped with systems that allow direct routing through airspace by the end of 2022. This reduction in congestion will save time and money while increasing safety. Air traffic control has become a very important aspect of making sure flights are safe within designated areas, thus creating immense possibilities for advancements in this area.
6. New Aircraft Technologies to Fly at Supersonic Speeds
Supersonic flights are becoming more prevalent due to technological breakthroughs allowing for stable supersonic speeds beyond the capabilities of current aircraft. Although these flights are faster than subsonic, they still take longer than conventional rocket-powered travel because of their reliance on airports for takeoff and landing. However, this is expected to improve over time with increasing aviation technologies.
7. Growth In The Number Of Passengers Traveling By Air
As services like air taxis become common, more people will have easier access to air travel, resulting in a rise in the number of passengers. The increase will be due both to economic growth and population growth, as people all over the world see greater opportunities for economic advancement and improved quality of life.
8. Further Growth of Low-Cost Carriers
The dominance of low-cost carriers is expected to continue as their lower price point makes them more accessible to those looking to fly domestically or internationally on a budget. In many cases, these carriers are able to provide tickets at a much lower cost than traditional carriers by operating with fewer amenities and features that drive up costs, such as first-class seating options.
The aviation industry is changing for the good! From more sustainable options to advanced technology, these are some of the trends you need to look out for in 2022!