The concept of a digital apron at airports

May 31, 2023
The apron is a physical space used for parking aircraft, loaded and unloaded passengers and refueling. A digital apron integrates various digital technologies to optimize and streamline airside operations, Joe Petrie reports for AviationPros.

FORT ATKINSON, Wis., - Airports are bustling hubs of activity, where efficient operations are vital for the smooth movement of aircraft and passengers. To enhance operational efficiency and embrace the digital age, airports are adopting innovative technologies, Joe Petrie reports for AviationProsContinue reading original article.

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31 May 2023 - At the heart of the digital apron lies IoT connectivity, enabling communication and data exchange between aircraft, ground handling equipment and airport systems, Petrie writes. IoT sensors and devices can be installed on aircraft, ground support vehicles and infrastructure to gather real-time data on fuel levels, maintenance requirements, baggage handling and more. This data enables airports to make informed decisions and improve operational efficiency.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies can play a significant role in the digital apron concept. Ground personnel can access virtual overlays of aircraft systems, providing detailed information and guidance during maintenance and inspection tasks by utilizing wearable devices or mobile applications. AR and VR can also be used for training purposes, offering realistic simulations of apron operations and emergency scenarios.

By leveraging real-time data, automation and connectivity, the digital apron optimizes ground handling processes, reducing turnaround times and increasing operational efficiency. Improved efficiency translates into shorter aircraft turnaround times, minimizing delays and enhancing the overall passenger experience.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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