Farnborough Airshow 2022: focus on e-mobility and AI with skills in demand

Farnbourough Airshow provided Sky Hunters with an interesting perspective related to the new skills and competencies required by companies operating in the Aerospace and Defence sector. The massive introduction of artificial intelligence-related technology and the development of new projects in the smart mobility field highlight the growing need for new professionals not typically found in aviation and aerospace. In this article, we explore some of the areas that will lead the aerospace field and the needs for specific skills.

Artificial Intelligence

The introduction of A.I. into all major processes in the aerospace industry is no longer just a “fad”, but rather a pressing need for technological development. IBM’s UK Aerospace leader, James Petherbridge, gave a lecture about the applications of A.I. in this sector. He explained that A.I. will become prevalent in the aerospace and defence industries, as companies, since 2020, are looking to become digital, rather than just having digital at the edge of their organisations. 


An example of what could be a great application for A.I. in space is Cimon, IBM’s chatbot used on the International Space Station, that uses natural language to assist the astronauts.


James illustrated that one of the most important parts in the adoption of A.I. is connectivity: 5G will help with this, as it will bring more connectivity. 


To be able to work with A.I., big data and predictive analytics will play an important role in the future, and everyone in the business must be able to comprehend A.I. technology.

Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility is and will be for sure “crucial” in the next decade. 


The need to rethink and redesign a new concept of mobility finds in the aviation sector a thriving new market that companies in the sector have begun to develop with increasing strength and determination.


We met with Supernal, a company that is reimagining the way in which we move around cities, by creating air buses that will be able to avoid traffic and fly to their destinations. This vehicle is electric, and will reduce pollution; it will reduce costs and time.

Smart – or as we like to call it today – Advanced air mobility is finally emerging as a viable way of transportation, and it is predicted to become a $115 billion market in the US alone in the 2030s. The industry has already received substantial investments all over the world, and it is predicted to create many new high-paying jobs.


Drones are already a part of our daily life: we see them not only in defence applications, but also in a civilian context.


Regarding the aerospace and defence industries, drones applications are endless. There have already been trials where drones have been used to move medicines, and, as stated by Deloitte’s Chris Metts, the potential applications for drones are growing every day, from risk management to search and rescue. 

With the continuing shift to the use of A.I. in the aerospace industry, smart mobility and drones, there will be an ever-increasing need for engineers and employees with a broad set of competitive technical skills. The demand for talents will continue to grow while well-trained personnel are still rare and difficult to identify in these sectors.

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Deloitte – Advanced Air Mobility


Finn – Drones will become part of the new normal