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Tuesday | June 08
Is the Aviation Industry Ready for 5G?
Initial use case analysis, solution development and deployment of 5G connectivity is occurring right now across multiple segments of the global air transportation industry. Similar to all new advancements and generational leaps of technology, the adoption of new 5G antennas, modems and networks onboard aircraft will face a stringent regulatory testing, performance and certification process. As service providers begin deployments of 5G networks for aviation, this panel will feature some of the major players enabling the transition to 5G aviation connectivity technology within the next few years.
The Cost of Making In-flight Internet Free for Commercial Airline Passengers
In-flight Connectivity providers are shifting into their third, fourth and fifth generation networks, but a question among airlines remains, whether those networks will come at a price point that allows passengers to connect for free. On a widespread basis, the cost passengers pay to access in-flight Internet varies, with some carriers using tiered structures, per hour charges or limited access to specific free services like messaging applications.
While there are some airlines that make IFC available to passengers for free, the connected aircraft ecosystem still has not established a widespread business model that would allow airlines to make in-flight Internet access free. This panel will provide multiple perspectives on the status of free IFC availability today, and where industry changes can make free IFC available on a more widespread basis.
Airline Tag Team Duo Roundtables
In a unique set-up, we bring back our popular airline roundtables where two airlines moderate discussions on key topics. Rather than make them topic based like last year, we have two airline executives charged with leading the discussion and providing insight and sparking debate between different companies within the eco-system.
Scale Up or Pause: How is COVID Impacting Technology Investment Plans
When looking at the IFC market, there are a number of conflicting statements. On the one hand, over the last year, the importance of connectivity has become more important than ever. However, airlines already operating on thin margins, must balance how much they can invest in expensive IFC projects when customer numbers took so a massive downward spike. So, as we enter year two of the COVID era, will IFC projects be scaled up to meet customer needs, or will there be paused because airlines simply do not have the spare cash to invest in these projects right now.
Wednesday | June 09
Innovation Streams: Live Demonstrations of New Connected Aircraft Technology Advancements
Based on feedback from our airline-industry advisory board and audience surveys over the last year, the program and events team behind the Global Connected Aircraft Summit continues to see an insatiable demand for knowledge of where technological innovation and advancements are occurring right now in aviation despite the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the industry.
This session will feature a new approach to demonstrating that experience, where GCAS event partners have been invited to provide live demonstrations of new advancements in aviation technologies ranging from aircraft connectivity, to data analytics, testing and other segments of the industry.
How Air Cargo Airlines are Adopting New Connected Applications
While the demand for air travel from passengers has been historically down since the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, operations on the air cargo side of the industry have remained relatively stable and even increased in some cases for airlines. An increasing portion of cargo that continues flying today is being transported within a growing air and ground digital infrastructure enabling a new Internet of Things (IoT) era for air cargo operators. The IoT air cargo in-flight tracking concept started to emerge in flight trials conducted by several air cargo carriers in recent years, and now is really beginning to take off through the deployment of new technologies on and offboard aircraft.
This session will feature the different players that enable connected air cargo providing intelligence on new applications they’re discovering and using connectivity for.
Airline Case Study: Keynote
One major airline talks its connectivity play in a time of change, and what its connectivity roadmap looks like going forward.
Thursday | June 10
Small Satellites: Big Pay-off for Airlines
We have seen some major announcements from the likes of Telesat and OneWeb regarding their constellations this year. The era of smaller satellites is here now. But, what does this mean for airlines. Should they be looking at these constellations compared to traditional GEO satellites. Plus, with more options than ever, are they still confused about the difference of satellite tech.
Aircraft Interface Device: Expanding the Key Connected Aircraft Enabler
Commercial airlines, business aviation operators and OEMs have clearly established an infinite number of new connected aircraft applications enabled by the installation of aircraft interface device (AID) technologies onboard aircraft. In 2020, we explored initial adoption, installation and available services for connected aircraft AIDs. Now, it's time to explore where there are actual examples of operators installing AIDs and experiencing some type of measurable gain in operational efficiency.
Join this panel of experts understand the status of efficiency gains enabled by connected AIDs, and areas of end user workflows where it could continue to expand right now in 2021.