18 Feb 2017

THE CONNECTED AIRCRAFT – PART III Smooth Operator – Secure, Sustainable, Connected

The benefits of The Connected Aircraft may be difficult to grasp on the ground, until you understand how they simplify everyday problems and open up unimagined opportunities.

Then the next step is simple: find the right partner to help you take off.

A resilient future

At its annual general meeting in Dublin, International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO Tony Tyler celebrated the steps the industry has been taking toward making the industry more resilient for the future.

“This year we expect a collective net profit of $39.4 billion,” Tyler told airline CEOs and industry leaders gathered in Dublin last June. “Lower oil prices are certainly helping, though tempered by hedging and exchange rates. And your hard work is strengthening the business. Load factors are at record levels. New value streams are increasing ancillary revenues. And joint ventures and other forms of cooperation are improving efficiency and increasing consumer choice while fostering robust competition.”

He suggested that this progress is reinforced by what he called the four foundation pillars of healthy operations: safety, security, global standards and sustainability.

“The first three pillars focus on improving technology, operations and infrastructure. As a result, emissions are growing more slowly than the kilometers we fly, and we are on track to meet our fuel efficiency target,” Tyler said.

Ensuring the right technology is in place to support operations and infrastructure is the best way to satisfy IATA’s fourth pillar of sustainability.

IATA has identified connected aircraft as one of the technology upgrades the airline industry needs to meet its targets.

By reviewing each of the pillars of progress, Tyler spoke about at AGM, it’s easy to understand why.

Safer flights

IATA estimates that a single flight diversion can cost an airline as much as $200,000.

Fortunately, airlines and avionics companies are getting better at figuring out how to decrease the number of weather- and health-related diversions — and connected aircraft are a huge part of the solution. For example, live weather visibility on connected aircraft improves safety by helping pilots avoid dangerous turbulence which can lead to passenger and crew injuries.

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Source : Panasonic Avionics Corporation

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