The Commercial Aviation sector cover many segments, there is no single owner who controls the entire solutions, or systems. The aircrafts and ground maintenance facilities are owned by airlines and others services like (avionics radio, the aircraft communication & reporting, the flight operation typically run by government agencies.
The entire ecosystem is challenging because of multi-owner, multi-tenant environment, the high value real time performance and navigation data transition in this segment, its equally challenging to implement emerging concept of IoT system for streamlining efficiency and reducing operational expenses.
The airlines must upgrade existing systems to provide enhanced data, which must be transmitted through the aviation network to the air traffic control centers. Although the automation provided by these upgrades allows for the more efficient operations, it also introduces new security and safety requirements to ensure that the excellent safety record of commercial aerospace is not compromised. While using System Wide Information Management (SWIM) with support of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) will facilitate the addition of new systems and data exchanges and increase common situational awareness.
The use of cloud-based service provides an open architecture framework that allows system users to benefit from these new services. By combining data from various sources, additional benefits can be provided. For example, aircraft encountering turbulence can report that information through SWIM to allow other airspace users to avoid that area.
Use of IoT Concepts in the Management
Using IoT intelligence also drives multiple innovative business models. For example, IoT systems give engine manufacturers the ability to lease engines to carriers based on actual usage in flight, rather than selling them outright, reducing capital expenses (CAPEX) for operators. Under this business model the engine manufacturer takes responsibility for maintaining and optimising the engine, which can be of significant value to the carrier.
Predictive maintenance, along with synchronized logistics—made possible by interconnected smart sensors and data analytics linked to the logistics system—reduces not only the risk of in-flight failure but also the number of aircraft sitting idle in hangars, awaiting parts and service.
The scope and use of IoT extends beyond technical and business model changes to the scope of the business itself.
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Opportunities exist today for the deployment of IoT technologies to the commercial aviation industry. These opportunities span both operational efficiencies in commercial aircraft flight as well as opportunities to exploit real-time device data to provide integrated predictive maintenance and intelligence linked into advanced flight management.
The commercial aviation industry is poised to reap the benefits of the next generation of high-value network-enabled solutions, enabling an affordable Internet of Things for commercial aviation.