The aerospace industry is in the midst of a digital transformation that will change the flying experience for millions of people across the globe. We no longer have to be disconnected from the rest of the world when we’re soaring across oceans at 35,000 feet. High-speed Internet connectivity on aircraft is no longer something we strive for, but rather a differentiator for airlines that want to put efficient operations and passenger comfort at the center of their business. The “Connected Aircraft” is clear for takeoff.
What is the Connected Aircraft?
We all hear about the internet of things, big data and high-speed data transfer. But what does this really mean as it relates to aviation?
The connected aircraft is not just about watching inflight movies and scrolling through your Facebook feed. It’s revolutionizing modern-day flying by dramatically improving fleet management, flight safety, passenger experience, maintenance, flight operations, turnaround time and costs.
Opening the data pipe to and from the aircraft reveals a variety of opportunities for flight crews, fleet managers, air traffic control, maintenance personnel on the ground and others. Suddenly, the aircraft becomes a data-rich node on a larger network, leveraging new technology and more reliable high-speed Wi-Fi connections to link an airplane’s components and equipment to immediately send, receive and analyze data.