The future of the airways

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Flying should become even faster and more environmentally friendly, and more flights will be flown on direct routes in the future and detours will be abolished. In Salzburg, the SESAR INNOVATION DAYS, an EU congress of aviation experts from all over the world, has been taking place from 3-7 December.
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Looking and reaching for the stars

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, CEO of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)/Photo: Johanna Wenninger-Muhr

At the “Economic Summit Germany 2018” on 22 September in Frankfurt am Main, the day of critical self-reflection with the provocative question “Germany at a standstill?” there was also the question whether Germany is at a standstill in the field of research and development, Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund (picture above), CEO of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), answered: “In research, we need to look and reach for the stars in order to catch up.” Visionsblog.info wanted to know more about it and asked Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund.
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Economic Summit Germany 2018 – a day of critical self-reflection

The “Economic Summit Germany 2018” on 22 September in Frankfurt am Main was a day of critical self-reflection. It was under the provocative question: “Germany at a standstill?” What catching-up needs Germany in the global comparison in the field of digitization? Representatives from business, research and politics, but also young startup entrepreneurs, such as Christoph Bornschein, CEO of Torben, Lucie and the yellow danger, or André Schwämmlein, co-founder and CEO of Flixbus, made a rendezvous and were quite unanimous: Germany has to catch up in order not to be controlled from the outside someday!

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Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization

For the second time this summer, the business magazine Capital selected the best digital laboratories of major German corporations. The innovation labs from Lufthansa, Linde, Daimler and Pro Sieben Sat 1 are best, according to a study. But Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization, as many say, such as Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU General Secretary, or Gleb Tritus, co-founder and CEO of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub founded in 2014 in Berlin and a pioneer in many disciplines. Visionsblog.info talked to the serial entrepreneur, Business Angel and Innovator.

Gleb Tritus/Foto: Lufthansa

Visionsblog.info: Mr Tritus, there is too little awareness of the efforts needed to maintain Germany’s economic strength in a completely changed world for the future, said Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU general secretary, to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on 16 September. How do you see that?

Gleb Tritus: I agree that there is still too little awareness of the fact that the need for technological understanding and adaptability is no longer linear but disproportionately high. Fundamental changes happen faster than they did ten or fifteen years ago. Here, the business location of Germany is increasingly falling behind. At the same time, Continue reading “Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization” »

Digitalisation in aviation – new challenges that must be understood

‘digitisation’,‘digitalisation’ (a two-letter difference!) and ‘digital transformation’ are often confused/Photo; aviation-insider.com

“The progress of digitalisation is already showing its tremendous impact on civil aviation today. While being one of the most advanced sector in the

process, is yet to face further developments resulting from this deep transformation. New technologies are crafting new opportunities for all those involved in air travel but also creating new challenges that
must be understood”, says Salvatore Sciacchitano, Director General Transport European Commission/ Executive Secretary European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).
Operators, as well as regulators, would need to keep pace with the fast transformation driven by innovation and digitalisation.

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ILA Berlin 2018 – Bauhaus Luftfahrt plans to present numerous innovations

Booth View/Image: Bauhaus Luftfahrt

This year Bauhaus Luftfahrt will have its own booth (Hall 2, Booth 403) at ILA Berlin – the most innovative trade event for the aerospace industry – from April 25th to 29th, 2018. The futurologists from Munich promise to have a lot of innovative food for thought and discussion in their luggage, which has the potential to fundamentally change the air transport system.

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Will Industry 4.0 drive the pilots out of the cockpits?

Future control of commercial aircraft from the ground? / Image: Psibemetix.Inc.

With the fourth industrial revolution – the industry 4.0 – the interplay of man and machine changes dramatically. The symposium of the Research Network for Pilot Training (FHP), of the Technical University of Darmstadt, this year focussed on this topic.

Can, or will, the artificial intelligence drive the pilots out of the cockpits? How will Industry 4.0 affect the training of pilots and air traffic controllers and change their requirements profile? What about the security risks caused by digital automation, hardware and software failures, the effects of hacking and viruses, the automation scenarios and the cockpit constellations in the future? The following is an excerpt from the report about a two and a half day symposium in the Rheingau with scientists, pilots and training officers of airlines and the German air traffic control, who tried to find answers. Continue reading “Will Industry 4.0 drive the pilots out of the cockpits?” »