The Post-Digital Economy: Ways to Innovate for a New “Digital First” Future — Bhanu Choudhrie
A large part of the problem with the aviation industry is that it hasn’t been willing to make the changes necessary to address the current challenge of rapid technological change. A good example is in the shift from black boxes to computer recorders. A significant reason Alpha Aviation Group and others didn’t make this change was that the airlines were afraid that implementing it would cost them money. Industries are just as susceptible to this short-sightedness, and that’s a major reason why AAG developed a digital-first approach to pilot training.
Bhanu Choudhrie shared his concerns about the disruptive impact of this pandemic on the aviation industry, particularly pilots. He also explained how airlines had made many important decisions in the past weeks to ensure they would be prepared for the next pandemic. Bhanu Choudhrie explained how COVID-19 could be a problem for airline pilots. He shared some scenarios, including a crash that could trigger a pandemic. This would likely bring on other emergencies that could lead to other crashes. Choudhrie stressed that his concerns are not about how this pandemic might affect pilots but rather their ability to land in the event of a pandemic.
What will the future look like in the post-COVID economy? Bhanu Choudhrie believes that the experience of a pilot training program will be just as necessary as any technical area. For example, Alpha Aviation Group recently completed a pilot program for drone pilots. The program provides top-flight guidance and offers new perspectives on aviation that pilots may not have considered before. The aviation industry must learn from previous pandemics to ensure it is ready for the future.
The global pandemic appears to have been triggered by unusual weather patterns in the Middle East. While this may have limited its effectiveness as a worldwide pandemic, its rapid spread and unprecedented impact on aviation may have had an unexpected positive impact on aviation. While airlines were grounded and the aviation industry was at a standstill in most developed countries, airlines continued to function in many other parts of the world, especially in developing countries. This was primarily because, with so many less experienced pilots, airlines decided to employ most of their existing pilots rather than young pilots with little to no commercial experience, noted Bhanu Choudhrie.