AerospaceTechWeek-2021 outline programme

Session 1 – Mandates and Regulatory Framework Updates

Despite the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic’s massive impact on the aerospace industry, enhanced safety and communications between the aircraft in the sky and the ground control continue to dominate the industry as technology becomes and increasing driver. Airlines need to move from capacity to efficiency, so what’s the latest regulations and how are regulators and mandates impacting on the industry? What needs to be installed in the aircraft to meet these mandates and what is the impact on avionics for operators? Following the Coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact on the industry, who is going to pay for updates?

Session 2 – CNS Updates

What are the latest developments and trends in Communication, Navigation and Surveillance and flight tracking to mitigate these possibilities. How can we optimise infrastructure and how can enhanced surveillance contribute towards safety and security? What is safety services approved? How do we make positioning more robust with hybridisation? How do we transition from SES to the next systems using the EASA framework?

Session 3 – Challenges for Avionics in the Environment

The aviation industry has been in the spotlight for its adverse impact on the environment, yet huge strides have been made to reduce the environmental impact of aircraft. The Coronavirus Pandemic has shone a bigger spotlight on the sector to be more ‘green’, with much government financial support linked to environmental change. What are technical capabilities for environmental challenges, how do we decrease emissions and what is the CO2 limitation challenge? What is impact of given technology of environment (at different stages of flight) and what realistic role can can electrical power play?

Session 4 – Connectivity, Architecture and Cybersecurity

As the aircraft becomes more integrated and connected, security and safety concerns are becoming heightened. What are the challenges with connected FMS and what are cyber security implications of IMA? How do we ensure safety and security with the increasing use of multicore processors?

Session 5 – Data, usage of data, trends and monitoring

Following the recent pandemic crisis, airlines need to move form capacity to efficiency. An important role for the need of Avionics  to analyse more and more different types of data rates – data which is difficult to treat with single protocol/architecture, causing major under or over use of bandwidth. How can new services and applications be better supported? What is the Data Value Chain and benefit of data sourcing (collected by airlines)?

Session 6 – Innovations in the Industry

How will the industry change after the impact of the Coronavirus panedemic and how will technology assist in efficiencies for airlines and aircraft? With more research and investment being applied in urban mobility, single pilot operations and autonomous systems, what does the future hold and what part will avionics have to play? How do we develop standards for use of AI and machine learning and what impact will autonomy have on the pilot and passenger?

Session 1 – The Connected Aircraft Evolution: Increasing the Benefits of Connectivity

Technology has been developing at a rapid rate, but what do we now mean by the ‘Connected Aircraft’, especially in a post-Covid-19 age? A truly Connected Aircraft becomes a great business enabler and offers airlines and the broader industry great benefits and opportunities. With many airlines focusing on cost savings and efficiences, how can investment in the connected aircraft contribute towards these? What are these benefits and opportunities and how can we deliver enhanced services and solutions for a more integrated aerospace world?

Session2 – Connectivity, Communications and E-Enablement

For the Connected Aircraft, communications systems are key, but each offer different benefits and solutions. The drive for cost savings and efficienices means airlines are streamlining or optimising systems. What you can do with satcom, LEO, L and Ku Bands? What type of system is best for different communications such as traffic, ACARS messages, safety services and non-safety services? 

Session 3 – Application and Benefits of Connectivity and E-Enablement

Savings come from applications that bring value and efficiences. The syngergy and compatibility of applications are of prime importance to enhance efficiencies. What are the applications of connectivity and how do these most benefit airlines/operators and the supporting supply chain? How do we get the most value from connectivity? Here we explore case studies of connectivity applications.

Session 4 – The Increasing Value of the Connectivity Through ATM

What services can be expected from ATM and what is the value chain of connectivity from the ground to the air? Where can the connected aircraft contribute to the wider chain and how can it impact on other operations within the 4 As?

Session 5 – Aircraft Data Management Solutions and Cyber security

As data becomes more prolific and more ‘valuable’ to an organisation, how do we control this flow of information and who ‘owns’ the data? As processing data offline becomes more economical, what are data limitations, how do we value data and share just required data and ensure its security?

Session 6 – Future of Connectivity, E-Enablement and Satcom (Funky Future Stuff!)

What could be done in the future with connectivity and how can new tech assist airlines in reducing costs and enhancing efficiencies? With giant leaps in technological development, what is possible, how can AI and machine learning benefit safety and security? What are other industries doing with connectivity that could be applicable to the aerospace industry?

Session 1 – Urban Air Mobility, EVTOLS and UAVs

The concept of Urban Air Mobility is rapidly developing, but with little in terms of regulations and understanding the impact on the airspace – what do we have to test for if we have hundreds in the sky? What are the requirements, how do we appropriately test a crash, what about acoustic emissions tests, how to test without autorotation, what about detect and avoid? In this session we discuss some of the requirements and implications.

Session 2 – High Level Integration and Testing, Complex and Embedded Systems

With systems becoming more complex and the integration of systems of systems, greater use of multicore processors, how can we ensure testing and certification integrity, including COTS components? What are the issues with GPUs and GPGPUs with no current regulatory guidance? How can we test blockchain authentication to identify corruption?  In this session we investigate the challenges in integration and testing of high level, complex and embedded systems.

Session 3 – Ensuring Successful Testing in the New Environment

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the working environment, including how testing is undertaken. Remote and virtual testing has moved rapidly forward, whlst developments in digital twinning has revolutionised the way the testing and verification is undertaken. What’s the impact of the new working environment on multicore, digital twins and digital manufacturing, and what role can predictive maintenance play? How do we employ measures to ensure the reliability and integrity of testing in this new age?

Session 4 – Cybersecurity Within The Testing Environment

Cyber attacks are a major threat to any organisation and is increasing in activity. As more testing moves to server or cloud based environments, securing test processes and data is becoing increasingly important. Cybersecurity also needs to be designed into avionics to maintain continuous airworthiness & testing requirements. What do regulators want the idustry to do to meet cybersecurity standards, what does airline need to do to enhance network security on connected aircraft & test it?

Session 5 – Electrification, Aerostructures, Materials Testing

With more new materials in aerostructures, new processes are required to successfully test from birth to death. How do we standardise testing for 3D printing, conductive inks, graphine, ALM  for temperature, pressure, loads, corrossion, reliability, obsolence or robustness? Electrification brings new power supply issues, providing potential problems for avionics. How can electrification develop reliable tests of electrical systems?

Session 6 – The Future of Testing

With Machine Learning and AI the current buzz for the future of the aerospace industry, how do we approach designing and testing for automation? How do we identify what to test and to what standards, how do we ensure safety of systems and how to test new processes such as transition from automation to pilot and vice versa? In this session we take a look at what the future of testing holds.

Session1 – The Business Case and Use Case for Flight Ops IT

A well-established use case motivates airlines to investigate new Flight Ops technologies, while the business case quantifies these benefits and encourages investment. Following the Covid-19 pandemic and additional challenges and pressures on airlines, this session addresses the ‘combined business case’; that is, the importance of partnerships between airline departments in addition to third party providers. An IT support team’s role in realising potentials is also addressed. 

Session 2 – EFB Operational Use & Regulations

The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has been in operational use for some time, however implementation and use is closely regulated. The regulatory framework is summarised, and benefits analysed via real use cases. Maximising the use of the EFB requires integration of various data sources, and subsequent training for Flight Crews on effective use of these technologies. As EFBs conitnue to evolve, we explore key considerations here. 

Session 3 – Additional Operational Drivers

When one considers Flight Ops IT, the EFB is a leading factor. Yet there is a wealth of additional benefits on offer other than fuel savings and efficient route planning; process efficiencies and greater operational reliability are recognised here. To define these wider operational drivers, real-time data, weather ‘nowcasts’, and ground handling / line maintenance efficiences are explored, combined with an appreciation of Flight Ops IT in the overall enhancement of Flight Safety.

Session 4 – Data – standardisation, management and analysis

An airline’s ability to ingest and analyse flight data efficiently, then filter effectively to pilots via a suite of EFB applications is complex but of key importance. Interfacing different applications to communicate and process data is one aspect, while assimilating various data standards, codes and formats from a mixed fleet of aircraft is another. Learn from the experiences of airlines, OEMs and software providers. 

Session 5 – Innovations

Development and progression are vital aspects of technology. Join this session to see what is evolving to benefit flight operations, and what innovations can / will extract additional value for airlines. The capabilities offered by new and emerging aircraft types are discussed, in addition to an exploration of what other industries are doing and how this might inspire aviation’s own technological endeavours.

Session 6 – Joint Panel Discussion: Flight Ops IT & MRO IT

Conflict between Flight Ops and Maintenance – able bedfellows!

How can MRO IT and Flight Ops IT best work together for maximum efficiency and minimise turnaround times? With the advent of paperless aviation, where do TechLogs, EFBs and CabinLogs converge and how can the supply chain best support the airlines to ensure complex decisions are made easier?

Session1 – Creating a value case – the business proposition – ROI

Significant investment in IT/technology is required to ensure successful digitalisation of systems, often with ROI not immediately visible. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, airlines are needing to look at cost savings and efficiencies, however, also needing to invest in different areas. How do we create a value case for new mobile application of new systems and to help transform maintenance, increase productivity and efficiencies?

Session 2 – The ETL and Other Regulatory Considerations for MRO IT

The Electronic TechLog (ETL) is an important tool in digital maintenance. But what regulatory considerations are there, and what are the implications for safety management, such as the Aircraft Network Safety Program (ANSP)? What are the problems with legacy systems moving to modern platforms and what are the best approvals processes? Key compliance and approval requirements are also explored.

Session 3 – Business modelling and Risk modelling

Technology and data being used for predictive maintenance provides many challenges. Why is predictive maintenance important, but what are the risks involved and how can this affect the business model and supply chain? How can you develop predictive modelling and provide levels of protectiveness through business continuity?

Session 4 – Enhancing MRO Efficiencies Through use of Emerging Technologies

As technologies advance at rapid pace, how do airlines best take advantage and ensure technology gets into the production environment? How can we successfully and safely implement newer generations of mobile technology, software in legacy systems and paperless systems? What role can AI and augmented reality play in creating efficiencies? What should the long term digital strategy look like?

Session 5 – Data, Analytics & Cyber Security

Big data provides the potential to facilitate maintenance planning and predictive maintenance, and the opportunity to optimise decisions, but how do we best achieve this? What role can machine learning and digital twins play? What is our ability to maximise the use of data? What role can the Cloud play and how do we ensure data transfer/delivery is secure?

Session 6 – Joint Panel Discussion: Flight Ops IT & MRO IT 

Conflict between Flight Ops and Maintenance – able bedfellows!

How can MRO IT and Flight Ops IT best work together for maximum efficiency and minimise turnaround times? With the advent of paperless aviation, where doe TechLogs, EFBs and CabinLogs converge and how can the supply chain best support the airlines to ensure complex decisions are made easier?