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Right: Nearly 700 university students from
around the world designed and built
radio-controlled aircraft to compete in the
2022 AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition in
Wichita, KS, gaining real-world aircraft
design experience by validating their
analytic studies. (Image: AIAA)
Left: AIAA gathers the
aeronautics community at
forums and events, showcasing
today's solutions
and tackling tomorrow's
challenges. (Image: AIAA)
* Focus on new R&D
* Development of the " green " aviation workforce.
Smart People. Smarter Machines.
We need smart people. The aeronautics industry relies on a
robust STEM workforce. Yet, we face a skills gap as a sizeable
percentage of the workforce is approaching retirement eligibility,
and we have experienced pandemic-related layoffs and career
switches. Industry leaders and policymakers must continue
working together to support the growth, evolution, and diversification
of the future workforce to fill the job needs across aviation
and aeronautics.
We need smarter machines. The fourth industrial revolution
- digital transformation - will create exciting opportunities
for revolutionary transitions. Interdisciplinary work fostered
by advanced collaboration promises to yield break throughs
in aeronautics and aerospace systems. Digital transformation
is driving model-based technological advances such as digital
engineering, digital twin, and digital thread, which are expected
to accelerate the pace of R&D to deployment of advanced
systems significantly. Such innovation can lower overall total
lifecycle cost and ultimately improve customer experiences.
In aeronautics, we are information rich, but knowledge poor.
We need smarter collaboration between people and their machines
and tools to harvest the data. Digital transformation will
allow us to capture knowledge, use it in models, and then apply
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it to new materials. Rapid prototyping and integration will accelerate
first-design feasibility. We also need to enable artificial intelligence
and machine learning to make our machines smarter.
Shifting routine tasks to machines will allow our workforce to
focus on tackling the next generation of technology challenges.
Your greatness is measured by your horizons. - Michelangelo
The aeronautics community will continue to chase the
horizon. Innovators will push technology to deliver new
products and services for the benefit of society. In the next
five-to-ten years, many new capabilities will be introduced,
and the next generation will experience flight in ways we
are just imagining. AIAA is excited about advancing these
opportunities as we shape the future of aeronautics and
aerospace.
This article is written by Dan Dumbacher, Executive Director, American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. For more information,
visit http://info.hotims.com/82323-280.
REFERENCES
[1] Tom D. Crouch, " Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers, A History of the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ... and What Came Before. "
2006. p. 1.
Read more on aeronautics.
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