The aviation industry is approaching a time when the use of pen and paper will become nearly obsolete, underscoring the importance of ensuring the accuracy of data, industry leaders agree.
Speaking during an EBACE Connect session on “The Importance of Data and Why EVERYTHING Must Be Connected,” which Tim Ford moderated, president of air operations software provider myairops, executives from an operator, and multiple data providers explored the growing uses of information throughout business aviation.
“We are in the very early stages of digitizing aviation and automation will come very soon on top of that,” said Diego Magrini, CEO of airport and operational data service aviowiki. Magrini noted the importance of having accurate, up-to-date information in areas such as airports. “We all realize that we cannot follow 28-day cycles in modern days. With airport data, we are now talking about near real-time information about the availability of these airports.” Information that is a day or two old can be outdated, he added.
“It’s no surprise that we get some information updates on airport closures for example, from Twitter quicker than from the notams,” he said, stressing a need for “information that you can trust” and update quickly. This is true for other information such as visa, permit, and other requirements.
“We cannot rely anymore on pen and paper.”
Shay Har-Noy, general manager of space-based flight and weather data provider Spire Aviation, stressed the importance of adding data that is useful, reliable, current, and actionable. “If you’re missing any one of those