Areas of Innovation and Thought Leadership
This is an exciting time to be in the aviation industry. There is so much change underway not only in aviation but in other industries and society as a whole. We see two big innovations driving much of the change in the aviation industry over the coming decades – greater levels of automation and new emerging modes of aviation (i.e. AAM). This will be coupled with a more urgent need to address and adapt to of our changing climate and an aging population. To this end, we wanted to preview some of the topics that the L&B LAB will be exploring in the areas of thought leadership over the coming months and years:
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM): Previous L&B LABs explored issue such as airside/vertiport issues, noise and the challenges facing this emerging mode. L&B will continue to explore this new mode of travel and the impacts to aviation and further incorporate AAM into our research to better understand its viability as a service and its interplay with airports.
Energy Transition: Globally, L&B recognizes the importance of our role in being thought leaders in aviation for Environmental Social and Corporate Governance (ESG). We see it as a critical issue that has the potential to reshape our airport and air travel. There are implications to planning, design, operations, the environment and finances.
Aging and Aviation: An issue the LAB first engaged in our May 2022 LAB and for which we believe is particularly critical to our industry. Airports will need to adapt to their customers as they age, and their mobility is impaired. The LAB will continue to focus on this issue moving forward.
Terminal Transition: We have discussed how “Wellness” plays an important role in terminal design, along with the need to address the ever-increasing distances between the curb and gate. Over the coming months, the LAB will explore the impacts of emerging technologies on terminal design.
Automation at Airports: While the LAB has touched on automation, it has not woven together the many threads of these emerging technological advancements that touch all aspects of airports. Automation at airports has the potential to change how airports operate and are designed. The LAB will take a deeper look at automation throughout the coming year, and its various applications at airports.
While this highlights some of the areas that we want to research for the upcoming year, there are likely to be additions and omissions as we progress. As always, L&B welcomes our reader’s feedback and areas of interest.
These are complicated times that will likely continue to challenge our industry, but there are also encouraging signs as well – innovation is abound in aviation – and the that will come opportunities for airports and the communities airports serve.