The internet undoubtedly made the world a global village, but before its advent, the airline industry made countries across the neighboring continent towns.
Since the invention of Lockheed Jetstar, the first official private jet in 1950, and later the popular Learjet 23 in 1963 by Bill Lear, the private jet market has undergone tremendous transformation.
Even though we have different types of private jets today, there have been reports of companies making all-electric and supersonic jets.
Before these great technologies are introduced for commercial usage, let us talk about the ones already present and their significant impacts.
Wearable technologies have become an easy addition to our lives, thanks to the ease of connectivity. They come in different forms: smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR headsets, among others.
Experts in the aviation industry have been brainstorming on how this technology can benefit aircraft.
- Google Glass
The Google Glass is one of the 100 futuristic ideas compiled by Google’s founder and executives. It was introduced to the market in April 2012 but would later be criticized for its flaws and eventually withdrawn.
Meanwhile, there have been indications that the project is in no way dead. Interested developers are licensed the technology under the Glass at Work program.
On the 5th of March, 2014, a flight training school in Spain used Google Glass to communicate pre-flight checklists, procedures, navigation maps, and other important information to trainee pilots.
In its report, the school noted that using new technology like this could reduce training costs by as much as 2 million euros.
The usage of Google Glass on private jets can improve maintenance. Flight instructions and updates can be communicated to pilots without them needing to get their hands off controls.
Pilots can also live stream important visuals to remote experts.
- Microsoft HoloLens
The Microsoft HoloLens, known by developers as Project Baraboo, was introduced into the market on March 30, 2016. This headset with transparent glasses takes the hologram technology a mile further.
It can display information in 3D while blending your visuals with real-world simulation.
Engine mechanics usually have to read many textbooks and watch training tutorials. Using technologies like HoloLens, they can virtually view and work on engines without needing a physical jet or book for practice.
Its adoption can hasten the progress of the private jet industry as regards production.
An aerospace products manufacturer, Airbus, in 2019 announced it would be doubling its production while halving the typical production time. Before the consideration of the usage of Microsoft HoloLens, the company produced 10,000 aircraft in 40 years; now, it is aiming production of 20,000 aircraft in 20 years.
The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a technology approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
It permits the exchange of signals among aircraft it is fitted on, which relegates the need for conventional radar.
Data from ADS-B technology is more reliable and costs less to operate compared to typical radar.
Computed information from the device is shared automatically with other pilots and air traffic control towers on the system. The technology enables private jet pilots to detect the precise location of other aircraft.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects referred to as things. These things work in unison through embedded sensors, software, and other technological enhancement for optimal deliverability.
It is also worth noting that experts in the aviation industry have different names for IoT, including Internet of Aviation (IoA), Internet of Aircraft Things (IOAT), and Aerospace internet.
Data generated in-flight by sensors embedded in private jet engines is used in optimizing fuel consumption and engine noise reduction.
The information keeps track of engine performance and identifies when it needs replacement or servicing.
Before the telecoms company deployed the 5G technology, the FAA had warned airlines of possible hazardous interference.
Therefore, when AT&T and Verizon announced the broad deployment of the technology, many US airlines warned of its impact on airline traffic.
These precautions and warnings were not because the 5G technology is bad for the industry. Instead, it is due to the need to adjust the already available technologies to be compatible with the latest broadband cellular networks.
This technology is a game changer for the industry.
According to SITA, an IT provider for the air transport industry, 5G will allow massive connections on an IoT network, unlike 4G, which supports about 10,000 devices per square kilometer.
Some private jets are designed without windows, and the interior is lined with screens instead of allowing an open view.
The screens display the outside view images captured using fiber-optic cameras. Some are capable of projecting a 360-degree real-time view with controls that permits multiple displays.
If the fuselage used in replacing the windows were lighter, it could reduce the overall private jet weight and consequently improve fuel efficiency.