Undoubtedly, 2020 was one of the worst years for the general aviation sector due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, this year is now behind, and people should concentrate on how to revive the industry, what lessons have been learned and trends to focus on to guarantee employees and passengers’ safety, and ways to simplify airline and airport operations with training, technology, and sustainability in the main of improving its growth.
The Importance of Sustainability
The negative effects the pandemic have had on the world are well known. However, if there’s one positive aspect that stands out, it’s the decline in pollution. It’s positive that COVID-19 had an effect on the drive towards the industry’s sustainability.
The pandemic has been good for the ecosystem, with far less planes in the sky and the departure of less efficient and older aircraft eliminating tons of carbon, both for the future and today.
The key goals in terms of sustainable development for the future years are decarbonization and green technology investment. Companies such as Qantas, Japan Airlines, and IAG are dedicating to net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.
Moreover, Finnair, for its part, strives to accomplish carbon neutrality for 2045. Indeed, that can be made simpler with the general aviation industry’s digitization.
The Use of Cloud, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Technology
2020 wasn’t the perfect year for travelling. However, it has been one of innovation and technology for sure. Airlines and airports should redouble their efforts to raise trust and passengers, but also workers with measures that should be taken to keep their working environment 100% safe.
2021 will be a big turning point in digitization. To get the confidence of both passengers and workers, the advancement of digitization is needed. Now, this needs artificial intelligence.
The contactless process people are currently used to, like facial recognition, payment by phone, handwashing fixtures, and touchless washroom doors, are going much further thanks to artificial intelligence.
Entire airports are becoming more data-collecting environments that offer real-time safety data like social distancing, crowd management, and thermal scanning or even alerting cleaning teams to prompt on issues. What’s more, recommendations and predictions given by machine learning algorithms allow improvement and adaptability of health and safety precautions, as well as processes.
Advancement is also seen in management software. Whether it’s for training, cloud migration, group handling operations, or equipment management, cloud migration has become vital to guarantee unified and continuous visibility of operations, as well as unbiasedness and data reliability. Apart from such perks, cloud-based platforms bring privacy of data and maximum protection.
Ultimately, the trend continues to the Internet of Things (IoT). Combined with artificial intelligence, IoT builds a network of data-producing assets and devices that converse and boost efficiencies across the general aviation industry, such as autonomous vehicles, robots, virtual agents, and more.
Training in the General Aviation
As cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence training will be key to efficiency in the new few years. Of course, the whole implementation of such technologies can’t have a good effect without perfect employee training and awareness.
Retaining and engaging your employees is important to guarantee their satisfaction and hence offer an excellent customer experience. Reskilling and upskilling are essential to support and make the digital transformation a huge success in which all workers should be involved.
IT changes like cloud migration need teams to adopt a new model and outstanding change management. For instance, in cloud migration, the implementation of a DevOps process is highly suggested to enable smooth synchronization of teams and ensure the projects’ speed and efficiency.
How Can Digitization Be a Solution?
The coronavirus pandemic has and continues to challenge the general aviation sector. However, the efforts that have been and continue to be developed in terms of sustainability, technology, and training are significant and give hope for a positive future.
This outbreak is a chance to refresh and rethink an industry that was recently lagging when it comes to digitization and now provides not just an outlook for a rebirth of activity but also employment viewpoints.
On top of all, the increased adoption of a digital future is the answer for a more fruitful and efficient recovery.