AI in Aviation

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As commercial aviation strives to minimize human contact in response to this post-pandemic period, what better time to look how Artificial Intelligence can advance the field of air travel? While airlines have been previously accused of being slow to implement AI, it’s now expected to grow from $152.4 million in 2018 to $2.2 billion by 2025.

“FLY AI”

The European Aviation High Level Group released its first “FLY AI” study in March. The document combines the analysis of EUROCONTROL with that of navigation service providers, airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, EU bodies, the military, and more.

“With European aviation facing growing pressure to reduce its environmental impact, as well as persistent capacity bottlenecks, we need more sophisticated changes on the ground and in the air (…) Artificial Intelligence can be a key ally in pursuit of this goal,” 
Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport, commenting on the report.

“FLY AI” found that Artificial Intelligence has an enormous potential for use in complex scenarios, such as Air Traffic Controllers Optimization (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) which would benefit pilots, airport operators, flow controllers and cyber security officers.

For example, in 2019, the air traffic management service NATS began a test at Heathrow Airport to see if the use of ultra-HD 4K cameras combined with machine learning technology could improve punctuality and improve airport landing capacity during periods of low visibility.

In 2018, Rodin Lyasoff, CEO at by Airbus, said that areas such as taxiing and ground operations are “ripe for disruption” through the use of AI.

Software For Security

Last year, AI security company Synapse Technology announced the release of the first proprietary AI platform for X-ray machines, Syntech ONE 200. Software designed to improve the performance of checkpoint scanners has already been requested by Osaka’s Kasai International Airport.

Wide Range Of Application

While aviation has sometimes been accused of lagging behind other fields in its use, AI has already made some significant changes to a diverse array of operations within the industry. To date, airlines and airports have utilized AI technology for facial recognition, customer Q&A, baggage check-in, factory space, and fuel optimization.

AI has a broad area of application and the industry is reaching a tipping point in accepting its potential. Whether it’s in our JetOS products or aviation at large, AI accomplishes the same goals: cost-efficiency and the improvement of customer service.

Take aircraft management, an arduous task that, if carried out inefficiently, can cost a carrier enormous amounts of cash. According to Forbes, Delta Air Lines decreased its maintenance delays by 98% in 2018 by relying on Big Data and predictive maintenance.

Ticket Prices And Crew Management

AI algorithms can also enable airlines to adapt their ticketing rates based on multiple parameters such as seasonality, fuel prices, competition, etc. Having worked with AI solutions for some time, we’re ahead of the game in developing these helpful models and have been able to provide forecasts of roughly 75% accuracy up to three months before each flight.

Then there’s crew management. Factors such as certification, availability, pilot qualifications, flight attendants, and engineers must all be taken into account. To schedule and re-schedule staff using an AI-based roster system increases HR efficiency. We at Avian Solutions have invested a great deal in these cost-saving areas and AI technology is at the core of our JetOS products.

Will R&D Suffer?

Prior to the pandemic, 52% of airlines planned major AI R&D programs over the next three years, and 45% of airports had plans in place for the next five years.

Business and technology are growing together. As commercial airlines struggle to make a comeback after this crisis, the worst to ever to hit the industry, they would do well to look to the future and not withdraw from investing in innovation. If the pandemic has proven one thing it’s that technology is more important than ever. To benefit passengers and aviation operations, Avian Solutions has chosen to increase our investment into AI and other technologies in our constant quest to support the industry.

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