Last month, one of the largest international aerospace events took place in England: The 2018 Farnborough Airshow (#FIA2018). More than 73,000 experts from all across the aviation industry gathered at FIA 2018 to discuss the newest aircraft technologies on the horizon.

In case you weren’t able to attend, Connected Aviation Today captured some of the top highlights from the show. Here’s what attendees and industry leaders had to share on the ground (and from the air) at the event:

As is often the case at major aviation trade shows, the importance of industry partnership and how it improves the passenger experience was covered at Farnborough Airshow. Turkish Airlines’ selection of Rockwell Collins’ high-fidelity visual simulation training option ensures that crew members have the most accurate training possible for the safety of their passengers. Cobham and Inmarsat discussed how improvements in aircraft connectivity are largely dependent on industry leaders’ ability to collaborate. Boeing and Spark Cognition also shared news of their partnership that leverages data analytics for a more modernized approach to airspace management, especially as it relates to autonomous air vehicles.

The effective utilization of data and how it can optimize aircraft operation remains a key talking point among aviation experts. At FIA 2018, trends like increases in IT system integrations and how data analytics factors into company bottom lines were noted. Airbus also announced that its open data platform Skywise would become available to suppliers, allowing them to benefit from the invaluable insights gleaned from that data.

Furthermore, FIA 2018 attendees and speakers dove into the safe, trustworthy utilization of that data through the implementation of blockchain technology. With the rise of big data in aviation, keeping sensitive passenger information as well as supplier information safe with a strong cybersecurity approach is critical.

Looking forward to what the Farnborough Airshow has to offer for 2020!