At last week's largest Asian air show in Singapore, several leading experts shared their vision of the future of global aviation.
3D printed aircraft
The Airbus A350 has already produced over 1000 different parts using 3D printing. And this trend is gaining momentum. According to Ido Ilon, a spokesman for one of the largest manufacturers of industrial 3D printers, Stratasys, she will primarily touch on frequently replaced parts, secondary flat parts and individual tools used in assembly.
3D printing simplifies fabrication, reduces time and material costs. Material savings are up to 90%, and the weight of products is 30-55% lighter than conventional ones.
Multitasking in-flight entertainment systems
The world's leading air carriers are actively implementing in-flight entertainment systems. One of them is AVANT. So far, it is installed mainly in premium places. According to the manufacturer, the system will replace a home TV, tablet and smartphone for passengers at the same time.
The user will be able to watch movies, while his smartphone can be synchronized with the system to perform parallel tasks.
Eye Tracking Technologies
Next-generation onboard entertainment screens will be eye-monitored. So, for example, at the moment when a stewardess comes up to a passenger watching a movie with a glass of champagne, the broadcast will be stopped as soon as he looks up from the screen.
Mobile application that brings together all flight information
Currently, developers are busy creating adaptable applications that are responsive to changes in user location and needs. For this, Bluetooth beacons will be used. So, for example, if there are difficulties with finding luggage, the application will tell you which "carousel" it is on.
Virtual Reality Pilot Simulators
The need for qualified pilots is growing every year in the world. Singapore Technologies Engineering has unveiled a virtual reality headset specially designed for pilot training at the airshow. With its help, cadets will be able to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of flight, simulating various situations. This will eliminate the need to create bulky and very expensive exercise machines. They will be replaced by a set consisting of a headset and laptop.