Six Avionics Things You’ll Learn at the 2019 Aerospace Technology Week


Attendees of the 2018 Aviation Electronics Europe event, which has changed its name to Aerospace Technology Week in 2019.

On March 12, 2019, Europe’s biggest aviation electronics conference and exhibition, Aerospace Technology Week, returns to Munich in a new format, with more exhibitors and speakers than ever before.

The two-day event features government and industry giants such as Airbus, Boeing, Eurocontrol, Honeywell and Thales among others. Unlike in recent years, the event has changed its format in 2019, adding a third “Connected Aircraft Europe” track to its existing avionics and aerospace testing tracks.

Here is a preview of some of the topics that will be discussed by panelists and presenters at the Munich convention center.

Connected Flight Deck Airline Strategies

Two of the program’s opening keynote speakers will provide some perspective on how today’s commercial airlines are using air to ground satellite-based connectivity for pilot electronic flight bag applications in the cockpit and data acquisition and analytics use by maintenance technicians and engineers on the ground.

Two connected aircraft experts from Air Canada, Warren Lampett and Jason Brown, will start the conference off on this topic. Mehmet Emin Yildiz, a systems engineer for AeroLogic, will then give an air cargo carrying perspective on how connectivity can be used to drive efficiencies in his connected flight deck presentation.

GADSS Status Update

Henk Hof, head of the ICAO and concept unit for Eurocontrol, will moderate a panel entitled “Demystifying Flight Tracking” to provide attendees with a status update on ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) concept of operations.

ICAO’s amended aircraft tracking standards, a response to the still-unresolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370, became applicable Nov. 8, 2018. The standards are the first of two phases of international airworthiness recommendations that will make GADSS a reality. Speakers representing Inmarsat, SitaOnair and FlightAware are among those featured on the panel with Hof.

Cybersecurity for Connected Aircraft Applications

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently proposed new cybersecurity amendments to the way aircraft electronic networks and systems are certified.

During a session lead by Teledyne Controls, presentations form EASA, Air Canada and Curtiss Wright will provide government, industry and operator perspectives on the challenges facing airspace users as their aircraft becoming increasingly connected and susceptible to cyber threats.

Future of Aircraft Data Comms

According to a recent update published by the Single European Sky ATM Research Deployment Manager (SESAR DM), the challenges facing the loss of connectivity between aircraft and data link ground stations deployed in Europe are improving. But questions remain.

How are solutions based on the modern digital architecture of micro-services benefiting the aviation industry? What are the safety service barriers of ACARS over IP? What is the future of safety services over IP and what is the potential for aircraft data communications?

These questions and more will be answered during the “Aircraft Data Communications – The Alternatives and Future” panel.

Neural Networks in Avionics

Throughout Aerospace Technology Week, while the conference panels and exhibitions are occurring, two days of technical workshops are also open to attendees.

One of the more interesting workshops this year will be a discussion of how to provide design assurance for the use of neural networks in avionics by Dr. Luuk van Dijk, CEO of Daedalean.AI. Lukk van Dijk’s company is currently developing artificial intelligence-based technology for the electric vertical takeoff and landing market.

Connected ATM

What role do air traffic controllers, airport workers and air navigation service providers play within the connected aviation ecosystem that Collins Aerospace Avionics President Kent Statler discussed in the February 2019 edition of Avionics?

While Statler is not at Aerospace Technology Week, the Connected Aircraft Europe track features a “Connecting the 4 As” panel discussing how the overall air traffic system in different regions can be improved by the type of speedier aircraft connectivity that is becoming available today.

Check out the full agenda for Aerospace Technology Week for more information on speakers and exhibitors at the event this year.

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