In aviation, data is everywhere.
It comes from passengers tapping their phones to book flights, choose seats and check in. It comes from radars watching the weather and transponders telling air traffic controllers which plane is which. It comes from all over the aircraft, with systems and subsystems creating a detailed digital record of the flight – when the brakes come off, when the wheels come up, even every time an engine valve opens or closes.
Within those billions upon billions of data points, Raytheon Technologies experts say, are patterns, trend lines and prognostics with untapped and extraordinary value – and a key to the future of aviation.
Bringing that information together, analyzing it and delivering the insights to the right people at the right time is a concept Raytheon Technologies calls the “connected aviation ecosystem,” and the result, experts say, will be greater efficiency and smoother operations across the industry.
“We’ve got a lot of independent systems deployed throughout our aviation footprint that don’t talk to each other today,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, who is leading the connected aviation ecosystem effort at Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies business. “We believe that by working with our customers, we can fuse various data sources and apply smart analytics that will provide value for our customers in terms of operational efficiency and the ability to offer an enhanced passenger experience. This really sets us apart.”
Here are some of the ways Ridgeway and her colleagues across the company are working to bring the connected aviation ecosystem to life – and why they believe it is so important to the future of flight.