BCI4@ Team: What do you reckon about the importance of civil pilot training programs in this and future era?
Luciano Belviso (LB): We started to be active in the field of pilot training but, unlike most solutions offered, we specialized in the skills to be delivered to pilots. In other words, we create tools to train captains, not simply pilots. Until autonomous commercial flights will be possible (we don’t have the enablers today) this sector will need captains accountable and responsible to keep air transportation the safest way to move people. As suppliers of integrated systems that allow the selection and training of pilots, this is our mission and our commitment.
BCI4@ Team: How do you evaluate the future of autonomous piloting? What is Blackshape position in this industry? Are there any new projects on this subject?
Luciano Belviso (LB): Autonomous flight has great potential and like all technologies with a possible disrupting impact need to be considered very carefully. We already flew remotely our ISR platform and for some markets, this technology has already the right level of maturity. We’re investing in this sector and we do have new projects in our pipeline.
BCI4@ Team: Do you think VTOL aircraft will expand their use in the future? What moves can Blackshape make in the VTOL aircraft market? Which aspects will it differ from its competitors in this market?
Luciano Belviso (LB): VTOL is a very attractive way to expand the customer base and enable other forms of mobility (i.e. urban areas, goods delivery, etc.). However, the technology to enable such a revolution needs uncompromised attention to go through its growth and become ready for certification. I believe there’s a huge difference between demonstrating that vertical flight is possible (of course, it is) and making it a realistic solution, certified and available to customers.
We’ve always been interested in the aviation business itself; we unveiled our last aircraft (the Gabriél) only after its certification, so what I can say – for now – is that we’re considering very seriously all perspectives that technology offer.
BCI4@ Team: What are the Blackshape and Angel products’ interests in the Turkey market? What do you think about Turkey marketing the future?
Luciano Belviso (LB): Turkey market is surely interesting to us, we are confident the next years will unlock important opportunities in the aerospace and aviation sectors. Moreover, we have a historically proficient relationship with Turkey within Angel Group: MERMEC, a global leader in Railway Diagnostics and sister company, provides Diagnostics Solutions helping to monitor the health status of the entire Turkish Railway.
BCI4@ Team: What would you recommend to young people aiming for a career in the ultralight and light aircraft industry?
Luciano Belviso (LB): Be passionate. Every sector with the right passion is good, but if your taste brings you to aerospace, you’re lucky. We face very interesting times rich of opportunities and those who have the passion to go through difficulties will be happy to be in the domain which will potentially reshape our world.