This week at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit, executives from the world’s largest airlines, aerospace and avionics companies came together to discuss trends in the aviation industry. From insights on the evolution of the connected aircraft to emerging technologies that will impact the future of flight connectivity and dramatically improve the passenger experience, the two day event was packed with intriguing conversations.
In case you missed it, we’ve captured the highlights from the event and the buzz from the show floor:
The first day of Global Connected Aircraft Summit kicked off with Patrick Brannelly, VP of Customer Experience for Emirates, talking about the importance of passenger experience. He has been responsible for shaping the at-seat customer experience for Emirates since 1992 and sits on the board of the Emirates Innovation Lab.
— Avionics Magazine (@AvionicsMag) June 4, 2018
— Woodrow Bellamy III (@WBellamyIIIAC) June 5, 2018
Other airline executives also took the stage to discuss the current state of aircraft connectivity. Executives from Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, Nok Air, and Qatar Airways looked at lessons learned, as each airline has made significant progress in connecting their fleets and now are considering how to move forward to address challenges of today and into the future.
— Peter Lemme (@Satcom_Guru) June 4, 2018
"Connectivity on aircraft has gone beyond the novelty." Read about Day 1 at #GCAS18 and connect with us today at our booth to continue the discussion about #InflightWiFi and #PaxEx https://t.co/xdSmTdUrEn
— SmartSky Networks (@SmartSky4G) June 5, 2018
The second day of Global Connected Aircraft Summit was centered around technology innovations, including everything from Internet of Things and Big Data, to electronic flight bags (EFBs), and devices on the aircraft. Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and Turkish Airlines each provided use case studies of connected aircraft.
“Alaska was the first to bring iPads into the cockpit.
United was the first to issue iPads to all pilots.
American was the first to receive approval to use the iPad in all phases of flight.
300,000 pilots using iPads.”
Michael Tchao @Apple #GCAS18
— Peter Lemme (@Satcom_Guru) June 5, 2018
The conversation on the future of connectivity also focused on its impact on increasing efficiencies throughout the entire flight process. A group of panelists came together to talk through the latest developments in apps, software, and EFBs, which help flight crews perform flight management tasks more easily.
— Rockwell Collins (@RockwellCollins) June 5, 2018
Connectivity is much more than the passenger experience. It’s also about safety and efficiency. Extracting data from a connected aircraft allows for real-time data that can offers weather updates, so flight routes can be altered if needed. It also helps airlines manage their fleets, improves fuel savings and much more.
However, the Summit couldn’t end without addressing data and security concerns. On the last day of the event, the discussion was dedicated to security in aviation. Jessica Ferguson, director of information security for Alaska Airlines delved into lessons learned in aviation security from this past year.
Excited to be giving the keynote at Data and Security day at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit! Will be talking about lessons learned in aviation security in the last year. #GCAS18
— Jessica Ferguson (@c0verfire) June 6, 2018
Looking forward to how these issues continue to unfold through the year and looking forward to next year’s event!