7 Panels to Watch at The Global Connected Aircraft Summit 2016

By Woodrow Bellamy III | June 6, 2016
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[Avionics Magazine 06-06-2016] Today is the start of the third annual Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCA Summit) presented by Avionics and Via Satellite. Here are 7 panel discussions and presentations to look forward to at the event. As a reminder, you can view the entire Global Connected Aircraft Summit agenda here. We encourage you to attend ALL of the sessions!

 GCA Summit participants 2015
Participants at the GCA Summit 2015.

Monday: June 6, 2016

The Connected Cockpit: Driving the Change

Access to highly reliable and robust broadband Internet can provide a myriad of operational efficiency improvements for airlines. For example, airline maintenance crews can download performance data and perform near real time troubleshooting of aircraft systems. What type of possibilities are on the horizon for the use of broadband in aircraft cockpits? This panel of experts features perspectives on the connected cockpit from avionics manufacturing, satellite service provision and a first officer for United Airlines. 

Airframers: Building Connectivity In

This session will be a 30-minute Q&A session with experts from the world’s two largest airframe manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing. In addition to her role with Boeing, Faye Francy is executive director of the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC) and can provide some updates on the group’s research on aircraft cybersecurity. Ingo Gathje, vice president and head of cabin and cargo innovation at Airbus, also has some exciting updates to provide on the latest connected aircraft research and development efforts by the European airframe manufacturer as well as a major win for the aviation industry on spectrum allocation for wireless on-board safety services.

Tuesday: June 7, 2016

Airline Case Study: Nok Air

Thailand-based Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin competes in one of the world’s toughest markets: Asia Pacific. Sarasin’s Nok Air offers in-flight internet free of charge because he believes the process of typing in credit card numbers for payment at 30,000 feet is too long and cumbersome. The CEO will provide a unique connected airline case study and an overall perspective on running and managing an airline in a region with huge growth potential.

Cybersecurity: The Latest Advances

Bob Gourley is one of the information technology industry’s leading experts on all things cybersecurity, and he will moderate a panel with three companies that can provide an in-depth look at the latest protection against cyber attacks on aircraft. Fred Scrheiner, chief technology officer at Thales Avionics, Vinit Duggal, chief information officer at Intelsat, and Nils Helle, director of strategic initiatives at Cobham, will discuss the challenges airlines face in order to keep connected aircraft secure from cyber attacks.

Tech Talks: Executing the Connectivity Lifecycle

In illuminating and rapid-fire-style, 15-minute presentations in the tradition of TED Talks, six presenters from companies across the in-flight connectivity ecosystem will discuss new and exciting developments in the industry. In the spirit of the far-reaching connectivity landscape, presenters will explain and discuss everything from satellite connectivity to ground infrastructure, and antenna technology to surface communications in order to provide viewers with a well-rounded understanding of where we stand in the in-flight connectivity revolution and what’s quickly becoming possible. Connected aircraft experts from SES, Inmarsat, Teledyne Controls, Phasor, Panasonic Avionics, and Rockwell Collins will give presentations using this new presentation style that the Global Connected Aircraft Summit is featuring for the first time this year.

Wednesday June 8, 2016

EFBs and Operations: How Connectivity is Changing the Game

iPads and other smart tablets are no longer singularly being used as replacements for paper-based information used by pilots. The advancements in aircraft broadband occurring in the market today are opening up some unique benefits coupled with challenges for operators. Airline Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) project leaders and information technology experts from Delta Airlines, Scandanavian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines will provide some specific, in-depth information about how the role of the EFB is changing and growing within their operations.

The Connected Ecosystem: IoT and Managing the Data

As the technologies and capabilities associated with the connected aircraft continue to expand, and aircraft produce terabytes of data per flight, today’s airlines are beaming examples of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept that has developed over time in many other industries. Experts from Fed Ex, Hawaiian Airlines, Honeywell, Thales and SmartSky Networks will analyze operational perspectives on what IoT means for the commercial aviation industry.

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