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New Technological Advancements that are Impacting the Aviation Industry

We live in a world where technology is a key asset in our day to day lives.
We work on computers and communicate and connect with people on smart phones. Technology also plays a more important role in shaping the future of many industries, and continues to advance in all areas of travel -from cars, to trains, and especially air travel.

All training is important for any new job or skill, but becoming a pilot is a huge responsibility. There was a time where pilots didn’t get real first hand views of the sky until being up in the plane. That will soon be a thing of the past. Virtual reality is coming to the forefront of the newest technology we can use to help aviation training. (Source 1) According to Apex, there is specifically new technology called the “Oculus Rift” that will be a huge advancement in training. “ST Engineering showed how the Oculus Rift could be used to help pilots run cockpit procedure drills.” Pilots in training can wear eye wear and visually see and practice these drills.


Another key advancement in aviation technology is 3-D printing. Apex shared insights on General Electric’s new 3-D capabilities by saying, “General Electric (GE) Aviation has shown off its new 3-D printing capabilities, used to build fuel nozzles. To prove the power of the technology, GE also showcased a model of GEnx jet engine- with spinning blades- printed with a special technique called 3-D direct-metal laser melting.” This is going to be a valuable resource in saving time, money and resources for creating mechanical parts needed for planes.


Drones are also proving to be a huge advantage for future aviation technology. Drones are not just toys for your kids to play with in the backyard or neighborhood. According to Avionics, “Drone technology allows these professionals to visually identify areas in need of service without physical inspection. MRO’s can also use drones to verify the health of some aircraft parts.” This will be a huge advantage in being able to pinpoint problem areas in planes and avoid margin of errors.


Back in the day, the only way of entertainment on a plane was reading book or plugging in your headphones to your iPod to play music. We have jumped over hurtles to be able to supply passengers the entertainment they need and want during air travel. Connectivity is constantly being enhanced and improved for air travel. Digitalist Magazine and CNN shares, “Connectivity is a growing trend in airline technology, according to CCN-largely because passengers, employees, business networks, suppliers and procurement professionals all use digital devices and tools to stay connected. Connectivity also fosters growth in the airline industry by improving the travel experience, which in turn boosts customer loyalty.”


Technology truly is branching out into every aspect of our lives. We are excited to see what new inventions or advancements will come next to help the aviation and air travel industry!