Visionary list of 6 future aviation changes pose regulatory challenges

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by Benjamin ZhangBusiness Insider US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Visions of future aviation

What might be the regulatory implications?

 Please add your visions of tomorrow’s flights and systems in the below comments section

 

The good news is that the world’s CAAs are getting to learn something about autonomous flight with drones a/k/a UASs. The performance-based certification standards which will be promulgated before this aircraft type will be applying for a TC. The risk assessment may exact high criteria for the onboard/ground control of these pilotless planes. It is also quite likely that consumer attitudes will demand more stringent failsafe testing. And, oh by the way, IFALPA will certainly provide a high level of technical criticism. Once again, the UAS and AAT industries should provide some useful data on this challenge.

Aviation safety professionals, in particular those who write regulations, are frequently so immersed in the present that they rarely have time to try to envision over the horizon. Fortunately, Mr. Zhang has had the time to be hypermetropic and has shared his view of what is coming. All of his article is fascinating, but here, the items which should go into “tomorrow” file for those who must be ready for the regulatory challenges from these changes:

1.   Electric propulsion

There are some recent events which point to the need for the regulators and aeronautical engineers to better understand the high tech batteries needed to power these greener planes and the risk parameters that they pose.

 

 

  1. Hypersonic travel

future hypersonic aircraftThis 2040 prospect should make the ATC experts hyperactive. This unbelievable bird will fly at altitudes which have not been controlled. Thankfully NextGen’s space platform will be able to track them, but the speed profile will mandate greater airspace preclearance with multiple national ATCs and upon reentry will test the systems needed to integrate these uberfast planes with the pedestrian speeds of the rest of the fleet. Industry has the challenge of delivering a plane which voids all of the regulatory impediments of the SST. WOW!!!

 

 

future biofuels

 

  1. Biofuels

The FAA and other CAAs are leading Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise and other similar programs; so, they should be abreast of these developments. The bump-in-the road

may be the local airport infrastructure needs.

 

  1. Autonomous flight

future uav-unmanned-cargo-aircraftThe good news is that the world’s CAAs are getting to learn something about autonomous flight with drones a/k/a UASs. The performance-based certification standards which will be promulgated before this aircraft type will be applying for a TC. The risk assessment may exact high criteria for the onboard/ground control of these pilotless planes. It is also quite likely that consumer attitudes will demand more stringent failsafe testing. And, oh by the way, IFALPA will certainly provide a high level of technical criticism. Once again, the UAS and AAT industries should provide some useful data on this challenge.

 

 

 

  1. 5. Biometrics This will be the work of TSA’s staff and they are already playing a hypothetical game of chess planning counter moves to the terrorists’ efforts to circumvent this future biometricsemerging technology.

 

 

6.Connectivity and entertainment

 

 

 

future In-Flight-Entertainment-and-ConnectivityIFEs and onboard use of PEDs  are already a known regulatory issue; so the parameters of future developments should pose the least of these six challenges. As connectivity increases, the opportunity for hacking into the onboard control systems increases. FAA and EASA are advancing protection measures and must stay ahead of the malevolent individuals.

 

These are the predictions of one man. Readers are likely to have other over-the-horizon insights.

Please share your future visions in the COMMENT SECTION below.⇓


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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