Global Fleet Could Generate 98 Million Terabytes of Data Annually, New Report Says

By Juliet Van Wagenen | April 8, 2016
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Oliver Wyman Fleet and MRO data forecast
Oliver Wyman Fleet and MRO data forecast. Photo: Oliver Wyman

[Avionics Today 04-08-2016] The latest aircraft designs now entering fleets are equipped with technologies that could generate upwards of 98 million terabytes of data annually by 2026, according to forecast estimates released by management company Oliver Wyman. According to the company’s yearly Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) survey, the unprecedented collection and transmission of data at the system and part level could create new opportunities for more prognostic maintenance, according to the company.

The survey focuses on how MROs and OEMs are adopting, using, and investing in Big Data capabilities — particularly relating to Aircraft Health Monitoring (AHM) and Predictive Maintenance (PM) systems.

“Many carriers are enjoying improved margins and also ramping up investments in new aircraft despite current low fuel costs and impact on new aircraft economics,” said Tim Hoyland, Oliver Wyman partner and report co-author. “These new next-gen aircraft provide a robust data stream, which will enable operators and providers to better forecast, plan and deploy aircraft assets. However, the industry faces a real disconnect on how to integrate this data into aging IT infrastructure at many airlines. Until this is resolved, the real power of this data cannot be leveraged.”

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