Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start ups

the development of environmentally friendly mobility concepts will be one of the central challenges of the coming decades/Foto: Dassault Systemes

The development of environmentally friendly mobility concepts will be one of the central challenges of the coming decades. An interesting exhibitor in this field at this year’s Paris Air Show was “Dassault Aviation”, a subsidiary of the multinational software development company “Dassault Systemes”. “Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start-ups that are entering the market”, says CEO David Ziegler. Continue reading “Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start ups” »

Austrian Airlines inspects aircraft using drone technology

Since mid-year, Austrian Airlines has been testing a completely new technology for the technical inspection of its aircraft fleet:/Photo: Austrian Airlines

 

Using autonomous drones developed by the French start-up “Donecle”, Austrian Airlines’ aircraft are checked for damage to paintwork and structures. The innovation not only makes work easier for the airline’s technicians, but the shorter duration of the check – less than two hours instead of the previous four to ten hours – also ensures faster availability of the aircraft in daily operations. Continue reading “Austrian Airlines inspects aircraft using drone technology” »

Clear Air Turbulences – are on the rise

No pilot, radar, satellite or meteorologist can predict clear air turbulence/photo: reisenerd.de

Clear Air Turbulences, short CAT, which occur completely unexpectedly, increase. The tricky thing about it is that no pilot, radar, satellite or meteorologist can predict a CAT. The turbulence comes from nowhere. According to atmospheric scientist Paul Williams from the University of Reading (England),  this phenomenon is likely to occur much more frequently in the future, because climate change not only affects the ground, but also the altitude in a special way.

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Kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2

Solaranlage SUN-to-LIQUID zur Herstellung von Kerosin/Foto: DLR

The conversion from fossil to renewable fuels is one of the most important challenges of the future. The “SUN-to-LIQUID” project, funded by the European Union and Switzerland, was the first to produce solar kerosene. The production of renewable kerosene from water and CO2 is made possible by concentrated sunlight. Continue reading “Kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2” »

Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?

The work of air traffic controllers will in future be gradually replaced by artificial intelligence says Carl-Herbert Rokitansky/Photo: FlickR

The computer scientist Carl-Herbert Rokitansky speaks of “Stone Age´” when one considers that the communication between air traffic controllers and pilots is still analogous today. Rokitansky, who was involved in the development of the Internet as a young researcher at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), now heads the Aerospace Research Group at the University of Salzburg, after working on the development of mobile radio networks and the construction of automatic truck tolling systems on motorways. Continue reading “Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?” »

The future of the airways

Photo: sesarju

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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