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The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges in the aviation industry — but it also showcased the potential of emerging technology, from aircraft monitoring systems to remote inspections, and beyond. Such technology will be the key to improve efficiency, anticipate problems, and minimize risk in the future.
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.
The aviation sector is eager to return to the skies 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.
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.
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)?
The aviation industry is on its way to returning to the skies, and part of that return must include reducing its contribution to climate change. The current options are limited and complex, but with urgent action and collaboration from multiple stakeholders and consumer demand for sustainable aviation still strong, significant reductions in aviation emissions are possible.