Last month, aviation leaders gathered at National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) to discuss the latest trends and innovations in business aviation. Connected Aviation Today captured some of the top takeaways from the show as well as an exclusive interview with David Stanley, Vice President of Sales for Collins Aerospace.
Here’s what was captured from attendees on the show floor:
Several different trends in the aviation space were covered this year at NBAA-BACE. There was a noticeable push for programs around women in aviation as well as igniting interest in the aviation industry among more young people.
The “Aviation Leadership for Women” education session at #NBAA18 focused on strategies that both individual women and companies can use to develop and advance women in leadership roles across the #bizav industry. https://t.co/WK9S0Um1v7 pic.twitter.com/XuSVyNNNKi
— NBAA (@NBAA) October 19, 2018
A recent Boeing study concluded that nearly 100,000 pilots will be needed in #bizav in the next 20 years. At #NBAA18, the industry is looking to motivate and attract the next generation of professionals through programs like “40 Under 40” and Careers in Business Aviation Day. pic.twitter.com/yukPYLiTk6
— NBAA (@NBAA) October 17, 2018
The modernization of aviation and how it relates to the business arena of the industry was also a hot topic. NBAA featured talks around important technological advances like the use of blockchain technology in data security and weather tech modernization from organizations like the FAA.
Blockchain technology has the potential to change the way #bizav companies manage their most important data, according to Anthony Shook, founder and CEO of AeroChain during his forward-looking #NBAA18 presentation. https://t.co/m3UaCF6Q8z pic.twitter.com/NiNu22soap
— NBAA (@NBAA) October 18, 2018
Curious about the future of #weather for #bizav users? Join us in S320-ABC at 1:30 PM today at #NBAA18 & talk to representatives from @FAANews & @NWSAWC, as well as others in the greater aviation weather community in the “Weather Information Modernization and Transition” session.
— NBAA ATS (@NBAA_ATS) October 18, 2018
We also saw a strong presence from some of our editorial board members: Inmarsat, Iridium, and FlightAware.
Congrats to @InmarsatGlobal and its 400 JetConneX customers! That’s a lot of #BizAv planes with global wifi coverage now in service. #PaxEx #NBAA pic.twitter.com/S6bFGFfTQF
— Seth Miller (@WandrMe) October 17, 2018
We’re at #NBAA-BACE this week discussing the future of Iridium #aviation, safety services, #IridiumCertus, and more! Make sure to visit with our team – and check out our latest blog post on Iridium Aviation! ✈️ #bizav #Iridium #safety https://t.co/cwvHameP8w
— Iridium Corporate (@IridiumComm) October 16, 2018
20k receivers. 190 countries. Global coverage in the air and on the ground. Come see us at booth 4959 at #NBAA to see how we’re revolutionizing flight tracking for #bizav! https://t.co/7UBJSIypKX
— FlightAware (@flightaware) October 16, 2018
Collins Aerospace Collins also unveiled their new passenger experience portal for business aviation, featuring Internet Protocol Televistion (IPTV). This portal speaks to the growing connectivity demands, especially among the business traveler community, and paves the way for access to more entertainment and connectivity tools in these aircraft.
“Our solution provides operators streaming TV content without the need to install a TV antenna on their aircraft,” said Kim Pendergast, director, ARINCDirect Cabin Services for Collins Aerospace. “It doesn’t matter what connectivity service is enabled, whether it is a high throughput satellite service or swiftbroadband, we we can provide an IPTV solution globally, wherever the aircraft has an active ARINCDirect broadband service.”
Business jet operators will be able to control and optimize the bandwidth required for passengers with our IPTV, depending on their connectivity needs. Visit booth 228 #NBAA18 #PaxEx pic.twitter.com/6NLMqOG8zx
— Rockwell Collins (@RockwellCollins) October 18, 2018
As we mentioned earlier, we also had the chance to connect with Collins Aerospace’s David Stanley about some of the predominant trends in the business aviation space currently as well as a glimpse into some of the key themes from NBAA-BACE 2018. Here’s a clip from our conversation.
We look forward to seeing how the business aviation space continues to grow and change and anxiously await NBAA-BACE 2019!