Like other transportation-related industries, there are constantly new updates in the world of aircraft technology. Whether you’re working in the industry or simply interesting as a hobbyist, it’s important to know what’s new and exciting in the world of flying machines. Here are some of the latest ones today:
1. 100% “green” flying
This month two men will attempt the first round-the-world flight in a plane that only functions via solar power. If they are successful, it will be the first step towards eliminating the use of fossil fuels in airplane. And that will have a huge impact on how “green” the aviation world is. The decrease in carbon emissions alone would be quite substantial. Besides that, it would also decrease the cost of operating commercial planes and jets.
However, besides commercial planes and jets benefiting from the industry going green, NASA is also on track to go 100% green.
2. Video screens
Besides the video screen used to watch movies, video screens might soon make their way to airplane’s walls and windows. It’s a logical innovation in today’s high-tech world.
3. Remote Flying
This is one of the big ideas that are trending in the world of aviation. Consider the fact that in years past, up to four pilots were required in the cockpit. However, today, that average has been significantly reduced to two pilots.
A related issue is that computers have become extremely important in the operation of planes and jets today. The vision portrayed in movies such as “Star Wars” prove that sometimes science fiction can become science reality.
In terms of computers being used in today’s airplanes and jets to reduce manpower and reduce human error, arguably the next step would be remote control airplanes. Arguably the biggest issue related to the use of 100% unmanned jets and planes is the issue of safety. If something were to go awry while the plane is in flight, having a human there to handle any malfunctioning of computers is highly advisable.
4. Replacing car engines with airplane engines
In recent years there’s been growing interest in taking this step. In fact, on YouTube there have been some videos showing the engine swap. Why would this be practical? It’s important to note that vehicles often minimize the amount of power they use.
On the other hand, planes and jets tend to focus on their power’s efficiency. While cars use about 10% of their potential power, airplanes use about 70%. That’s a huge difference.
As with any other innovations involving airplanes, the logistics of making this swap are theoretical in the beginning. It could take years or decades to work out the technical issues to swap the engines. However, the idea itself is critical in determining how to make the transports’ engines more efficient.
Today, the number of technological innovations in the world of aviation continues to increase. While they might or might not eventually be implemented, what’s important is to remember that the sky’s the limit in terms of what’s possible.