The Future of Aviation Courses: What Might You Be Learning in 50 Years?
The future is hard to visualise. And why should it not? In the lifespans of many people, society has seen the most ridiculous elements from science fiction become commonplace. Don’t believe it? Find the nearest smartphone and marvel at the difference between a rotary dial phone and this pocketable computer/telephone/camera/face-communicator.
All within one lifetime. What unimaginable breakthroughs are in store for aviation?
Living the future
First thought is what futuristic technology do we currently enjoy on air travel?
In-flight connectivity. Programs can send you up to the minute weather, terrain, traffic data, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), and other relevant data to the cockpit.
Voice control. Inputting waypoints by hand may soon be a forgotten pain. Voice command software and hardware are already on the market and getting more sophisticated every generation.
How long will it be until auto-pilot becomes a fully automated plane?
The possibility of automated planes
With the coming of automated planes, surely the human issues of an airport must also follow suit? The future of air freight is likely to be the first phase of automation. Already existing national and international freight companies that are fully automated. Further, some of the largest container ports in the world run 24 hours a day, fully automated and electrified.
What would an automated airport look like?
Shorter delays on the runway, more precise scheduling, perhaps even wings of an airport built exclusively for Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs). Why? To take out the human error of repetitive, tedious tasks.
If we already have the technologies in similar fields, keep an eye on global air hubs. As soon as UAV freight is introduced, these will be the places to watch.
Alternative energy and sustainability in flight
From homes to supercars, alternative energies and fuel efficiency are the hallmarks of technology today. How close is technology to replacing jet fuel?
The future of aircraft propulsion. Is the destination for technology to create artificial fuels that don’t require drastic changes to design? Or will we start flying with battery laden, solar-charged aviation? Or maybe a little from both?
Hybrid designs are at the current forefront of thought. Issues with fully electric flight are found in the weight of batteries versus liquid fuels. Companies like Boeing and JetBlue are already putting money into the development of electric flight, liquid fuel recharge systems.
Want to be a part of the future? Enrol in one of our aviation courses today
This is just the tip of the iceberg of new, exciting innovation for aircraft. The coming decades will see changes to passenger experience, aerodynamics, engine formats and more we cannot yet imagine. Like the smartphone in a pocket, many of these changes will be so intuitive, you may soon forget what life was like before they came along.
If you want to be a part of this exciting future for aviation, or wish to be at the cockpit of the next generation of flying, contact Bunbury Flying School today for information on our aviation courses.