Happy New Year!

At the start of a new calendar year, most people take a moment for introspection. Making resolutions, reflecting on the time that’s passed and setting goals for the next 12 months are on many agendas.

At AXIS, we believe that it’s only by looking outwards – at emerging technologies, market forces and industry trends – that individual progress can be made. And the global landscape presents a very interesting backdrop for aviation training.

Across business, commercial and general aviation, we are in a period of renewed optimism, with growth across the board. This is reflected in pilot training: new ATOs and training facilities are springing up all over the world – and they are often heavily technology-led.

Combined with the ongoing pilot shortage, fed by rising passenger numbers (especially in Asia), the onus is on the flight training industry to provide a route to fast, efficient and comprehensive training. The solution will, inevitably, come from investing in simulation technology.

Developers working on advances in augmented and virtual reality, AI and machine learning will be under pressure to deliver on what these technologies have promised. Though we are still some way from seeing the real-world benefits of these in full flight simulators, with pilot supply lagging behind demand, the needs of the industry will ensure that aviation equipment is on the front line for these innovations.