The future of the connected aircraft was on the agenda for the second annual Global Connected Aircraft Summit, June 8-10, in Chantilly, Va.
Honeywell Aerospace was the sole platinum sponsor for the event, which brought together thought leaders from throughout the aerospace industry to discuss what is fast becoming one of the biggest and most important priorities for air travelers and airlines alike.
“Technology advancements both on and off the aircraft are enabling high-speed communications that make the fully connected aircraft practical, desirable and affordable for both passengers and operators,” said John Hajdukiewicz, Honeywell’s director of Product Marketing for the Connected Aircraft.
“As connectivity comes of age, passengers will find the whole Internet at their fingertips. Flight crews will have real-time information to enhance safety, situational awareness and passenger satisfaction and stay on schedule. Airlines, corporate flight departments and government operators will be able to improve operating efficiency, aircraft utilization and maintenance scheduling.”
The June summit featured various panel discussions, keynotes, case studies and networking events, all aimed at the connected aircraft community.
In addition to serving as platinum sponsor for the summit, Honeywell Aerospace hosted a panel discussion on “The Connected Cockpit: The Future Look.” Hajdukiewicz moderated the discussion, which covered the impact of connected aircraft technologies on the commercial flight deck of the future and how connectivity will drive improvements in safety, cost-efficiency and on-time performance.
Other panelists included Jason Wissink, director of Technical Sales for Honeywell’s Air Transport and Regional business unit; Ben Griffin, regional director, Inmarsat; Matthew Underwood, Aerospace Research Engineer, NASA; and Robby O’Dell, program manager, Advanced Cockpit Programs, Gulfstream.
Other sessions looked at ways connectivity can improve aircraft operations, cyber security, the Internet of Things and strategies for improving the passenger experience.
The Connected Aircraft Summit was staged by Avionics Magazine and Via Satellite.