Discover the major trends and technological transformations and the related impact on current professional roles
Single pilot operations
The increasing pressure to reduce costs and modernise the air transport service is requiring airline companies to implement new operational concepts. Over the last 10 years, there has been growing research in a concept known as Single Pilot Operations (SPO). The concept of SPO refers to operating an aircraft with only one pilot in the cockpit. The technological progress is expected to be an enabler of this process. Innovative systems, advanced technologies and augmented sensorial solutions onboard will support the pilot onboard in managing the flight. The SPO concept also foresees the introduction of a new role: the ground pilot, who will assist the pilot and take control in case of Single Pilot on board's incapacitation or other adverse events.
Technologies for supporting Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management allow higher levels of automation, creating an opportunity to transit to Single Pilot Operation
Future flight deck will provide more complex and accurate information combined with virtual digital assistant, multitouch displays, new enhanced audio, visual and automation systems supporting the pilot in the decision-making process
Impact on the role of the pilot
The leadership role of the captain may remain unchanged, but the individual tasks and duties of the captain will change significantly. Some of the conventional duties (Pilot flying and Pilot Monitoring) will be allocated to automated systems or ground operators
A new role of ground pilot will assist the Captain during the flight. The ground pilot will assist the Captain in any adverse and high workload conditions and take over in case of Captain incapacitation