As part of our “Flightpath” series, we are showcasing leading perspectives on the latest and most promising technology in the industry. We hope these conversations, along with the rest of our series, inspire you with new ideas and actionable ways to move forward, together.

Watch: Using technology to drive better outcomes in aviation fuel

Airlines must innovate and become more efficient while safely supplying aviation fuel by addressing the next generation of processes and technologies in the aviation fuel industry. Shell Aviation’s Global Technical and Quality Manager Rob Midgley talks about several steps on how airlines can adopt technology in their operations to stay ahead of the competition.

Watch: How technology can make aviation fueling more efficient and cost effective

Elevating the aviation industry’s understanding of new technologies is key to realising the next generation of processes and improving operations. Shell Aviation’s Compliance Lead for the Americas, Mark Boyd, talks about embracing remote and digital inspections that will make airline operations more efficient and cost-effective.

Watch: The next generation of fuel filtration

Our Flightpath host, Mike Farmery, recently sat down with Alastair Hobday, Fuel and Lubricants Specialist for Rolls-Royce, to discuss challenges facing the world of jet fuel and emerging filtration technologies.

How sensors, cameras, and data can fuel the next wave of innovation in aviation

The aviation sector is eager to return to the skies safely after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. As airlines grapple with enormous uncertainty about the way forward, they also have the chance to embrace new opportunities that could make the industry more efficient and sustainable. Rob Midgley, Shell Aviation’s Global Technical and Quality Manager for Aviation Fuels, shared his thoughts on these topics and more.

The threat of microbial contamination in grounded aircraft

In response to COVID-19, unprecedented numbers of passenger aircraft have been grounded with fuel left standing in aircraft wing tanks. For many airlines, this creates the unfamiliar need to proactively monitor and manage the risk of microbial contamination. Shell expert, Robert Midgley, Global Technical and Quality Manager highlights the problem and response to microbe contamination which, if left unchecked, can lead to defuelling and clean-up, or worse, airframe corrosion and blocked fuel systems.

It’s time to eliminate traditional filter monitors

Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) is a key component in filter monitors that are in standard use across the industry to ensure fuel quality while refuelling aircraft. However, given the accumulated evidence against SAP, the industry recognises the need for new options. At a time when the industry's margin for risk is smaller than ever, is your airline doing enough to mitigate the hidden threats associated with Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP)?

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