We live in an era where technology is advancing more rapidly than it ever has in any other point in history. Virtually every industry worldwide is undergoing some sort of technological revolution, and the aviation industry is no different. From the advent of predictive maintenance to the improvement in cloud technologies, this article will break down the top 5 aviation industry innovations and trends in the year 2022.

Cloud Technologies

When it comes to aircraft transportation, commercial aircraft in particular, information transfer needs to be instantaneous, or as close to instantaneous as possible. More than anything, cloud technologies enable other technologies in the aviation industry to prosper, several of them mentioned later in the article. With artificial intelligence and big data playing an increasingly large role in aviation, the efficiency and security of cloud-based technologies becomes more important than ever.

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance is one feat greatly enabled by advancements in cloud technology. As opposed to traditional maintenance, which is both time-consuming and inefficient, predictive maintenance leverages machine learning to optimize time and resources spent on maintenance tasks. The best predictive maintenance software can determine which aircraft components need repair before they show any signs of suboptimal performance. Not only does this save time, but it also helps save costs for an airline, as they can now purchase spare parts in advance and only when necessary for repairs.

Sustainability Innovations

The aviation industry has committed to a self-imposed goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Through this ambitious objective, green technologies in the industry have begun to emerge. One such technology is sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Of all the technologies that could potentially bring the aviation industry closer to its ecological goals, the popularization of SAFs shows the most promise in terms of its impact and effectiveness.

Digitization of Airports

Although digital technology has existed for quite some time now, digitizing an industry as large as the aviation industry is a complicated process. Thankfully, airline engineers are up for the task, as evidenced by the bleeding-edge technology used to replace manual processes in Helsinki Airport (among others). Such technology doesn’t have to be convoluted to be impactful either. Something as simple as better security control so that passengers can leave electronics and liquids in their bags while scanning them will save loads of time in the long run.

Social Distancing Technology

The Covid-19 pandemic hit the aviation industry especially hard, and to fight back, airline engineers have designed ways to maximize the safety of the boarding and flying process. Using cameras and 3D sensors, smart airport technologies are capable of monitoring airport traffic and rerouting it in such a way as to minimize the amount of human contact that may occur during a passenger’s travel day. Other simple measures such as virtual queueing make safe travel in this day and age a possibility.

2022 is proving to be yet another productive year when it comes to reaching new heights in the aviation industry. Every year, flying becomes safer, faster, and more eco-friendly thanks to advancements in technology. Despite the hurdles that airlines have had to face, from the pressure to go carbon neutral to the Covid-19 pandemic that has reduced the number of daily flights, it’s these advancements in technology that have allowed the aviation industry to continue to prosper.

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