The Paris Air Show is arguably the largest in the aerospace industry, due to the sheer size of industry leaders and exhibitors that participate. The show is also known for having its finger on the pulse of the industry and highlighting the latest trends and innovations for aerospace. This year, one notable change was the shift from the connected aircraft to the connected ecosystem.

The key difference? The connected ecosystem goes beyond the aircraft. It starts before the passenger arrives at the airport and connects them through arrival, check-in, baggage drop, security, boarding, and during the flight. In this travel experience, all the systems along the way should be able to connect seamlessly to improve efficiency of operations and safety of travel.

“The connected ecosystem is the ability to take disparate pieces of the airplane, both the cabin and the cockpit, as well as the airports and the airspace, bringing them together in a way that brings value to the end-user customer,” according to Steve Timm, President of Avionics at Collins Aerospace. 

Timm explains that customers are thinking beyond the connected aircraft to the connected ecosystem. “They are concerned with IT systems from a security perspective, the amount of data that they generate, and how to securely get flight data off of the airplane and make it useful,” he stated. In many cases, airport and airline operations users are buying systems from multiple vendors, and many of the systems are not interoperable. This siloed approach is causing headaches for users that are seeking to develop a connected ecosystem.

“Customers are looking for a trusted source that can bring disparate systems together securely,” Timm concluded. If done correctly, the connected ecosystem holds the promise of creating significant operational efficiencies, elevating the passenger experience, and ensuring the highest standards of safety. Watch the full video on the connected ecosystem here.