Who regulates the aviation industry

Strict regulation slows down innovation

This can be, for example, directions to the correct gate. "Many passengers spend a lot of time finding their way. That stresses her "says Bakker: "But stressed people spend less money." And it is no secret that airports are becoming more and more trading companies, so that spending is decisive.

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Regardless of which ideas will ultimately prevail in the end, Sita Manager Bakker is absolutely certain of one thing: "Airlines cannot treat their passengers longer than one in three billion. The days of 'one size fits all' are over." That is why it is so important to look at all new technologies for possible applications.

This also applies to drones. The Sita experts are currently dealing with the consequences of a lightning strike in aircraft. If that happens, the machine has to be laboriously and lengthily examined by technicians for possible damage. "Why can't you use a drone with a powerful camera?"asks Bakker: "The computer can then compare the images with stored photos of intact aircraft and quickly find possible spots that the experts then have to take a closer look at." That would save both time and money and would make the aircraft operational again more quickly after a lightning strike.

Everything is regulated

However, it is precisely this idea that shows the hurdles that new technologies and ideas must overcome, especially in aviation. The use of drones at airports is strictly prohibited, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to search for damage would probably first have to be approved by the authorities.

Everything is regulated, nothing works in aviation without prior acceptance and approval. The result: the technology used in aircraft is often out of date by the time it is installed. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, pointed out this growing challenge to the aviation industry at the Cebit computer fair two years ago. "With computing power doubling every two years, the innovation gap between your and my industry is getting bigger every day"said the manager at the opening ceremony of the IT show.

Even a new reading lamp on the aircraft seat, which at first glance appears banal, has to be released through complex processes. "The demands on new technologies in aircraft are extremely high. They not only have to be reliable, they also have to meet special requirements, for example with regard to flammability", says Klaus Portmanns, the manager responsible for aviation at the glass and light guide specialist Schott in Mainz.

But for Bakker from Sita, that's no reason to bury your head in the sand: "Flying is cheaper today than ever before. For the price of three iPads you can fly around the world"says the manager. And adds: "This makes it all the more important to keep increasing efficiency and improving what is on offer."

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