The event, launched in 2014, has been a resounding success in the first four years and has keynote speakers from distinguished brands such as Facebook, Google and Visa, plus, top drawer speakers from the likes of Emirates, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, ANA (Japan) Saudia, Scandinavian Airlines, Nok Air, British Airways, the FAA, Etihad Airways, Norwegian, Icelandair, Hawaiian Airlines, Finnair, Gulf Air, Royal Caribbean, Rolls Royce, Federal Express, Cisco, Marriott Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, NetJets etc. We had over 300 attendees at the 2017 version of the Event in Arlington, VA.

The Global Connected Aircraft Summit brings together companies from all across the industry to assess some of the early market lessons, potential demand, and best practices. In this three-day summit, Avionics and Via Satellite magazines will bring together panels on topics ranging from airline business models and cockpit improvements, telemedicine, to satellite bandwidth and alternative industry perspectives. It is the most comprehensive event of its kind anywhere in the world. The Global Connected Aircraft Summit continues to grow, branching out to look at more operations capability and how the connected aircraft will make a difference here.

The 2018 event will take place at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in sunny San Diego, CA. This three-day educational summit will feature keynote speakers from world renowned brands and numerous speakers from the world’s top airlines, multiple networking opportunities on and off site, and a chance to truly understand the concept of global connectivity beyond the passenger experience in order to increase efficiency and offer cutting edge services.

The Global Connected Aircraft Summit is a powerful relationship-building and marketing opportunity – giving you access to executives representing some of the world’s largest airlines, fast-paced companies, and dynamic organizations in the aerospace and avionics industries. This premier summit is the only industry event dedicated to complete connected solutions, with a protected networking environment for attendees and sponsors to help you have the one-on-one, personal conversations that will move your business forward.


New This Year: Data & Security Day

In response to popular demand from past attendees of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit and subscribers to both Avionics and Via Satellite, this year’s GCAS will introduce its first ever GCA Data & Security Day. This one day supplement added on to the end of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit will feature real world examples and insights into the collection, optimization, and protection of Big Data in aerospace.

Data & Security Day will bring together operators, OEM’s, MRO’s, part suppliers, and more who are actively utilizing Big Data to show real world examples of the benefits of driving flight operational efficiency through advancements in edge computing and data analytics platforms. Airline case studies will provide a perspective on the technological and cultural shift in the workplace needed to transition from being a reactive airline to proactively scheduling maintenance based on Big Data.

The security track will focus on the two biggest aspects of aerospace cybersecurity: protecting the connection between the aircraft and the ground based infrastructure that drive daily flight operations, and protecting the connection between the passengers’ personal electronic devices and the aircraft itself. Each additional connection point presents a new risk to the security of the aircraft, and aircraft IFEC cyber experts will provide insights into strategies for maintaining the security of the aircraft.