China's Smart Airplane
A Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), is starting to utilize cloud technology and big data in order to build safer airplanes. The Chinese aircraft manufacturer is shifting their focus on to how to effectively minimize safety risks which are often caused by abnormal human error. They are also investigating ways on how to completely recover crucial data necessary for analyzing an air crash.
"The time for revolution in aviation safety has come,"
said the president and executive director of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China America Corporation, Wei Ye.
Just recently a year ago, the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety of France (BEA) started an investigation which recently confirmed that the crash of an airplane for Germanwings, a budget German airline, was intentionally caused by its co-pilot, who was suffering from depression at that time. This incident resulted in the Airbus 320 crashing in southern France while traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24, 2015, killing all 150 people on board.
COMAC America Corporation is analyzing ways of creating an “unmanned flight with human supervision” by utilizing a big data-based computer in order to reduce such risk caused by human factors. This computer would operate in its own closed environment that would not be subject to influence from the outside.
"Without the influence of pilots' 'emotions' and mishandling, a computer-piloted plane is safer than a manned one,"said Ye.
These big data computers would consist of a hard-drive with vital information including weather information, flight routes, emergency processing programs, as well as flight data accumulated in 20 years of 200 pilots. Such computer-piloted airplanes may be the “pilot” of the future.