2018 Agenda

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2018 Exhibit Hall Hours

Monday, June 4th:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 5th: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, June 6th: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

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Monday | June 4

  1. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Opening Keynote

  3. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Next Gen Passenger Experience - Going Beyond Basic Connectivity

    As most airlines are well on their way to connecting their entire fleets, the conversation is turning on how airlines can best use this connectivity. What partnerships can they form? What levels of engagement can they ultimately have with their passengers beyond providing just connectivity? This panel which will kick off GCAS will examine this question as we figure out what could constitute winning strategies for airlines here.

    • Moderator: Mark Holmes Chairman, The Global Connected Aircraft Summit / Access Intelligence /
    • Moderator: Ryan Stone President, a Director, and Co-Founder / SmartSky Networks /
    • Speaker: Tara Bamburg Associate Manager, Product Development / Southwest Airlines /
    • Speaker: Spencer Wang Vice President, Finance / Netflix /
    • Speaker: Amanda Fish GM, Onboard Product / Delta Airlines /
    • Speaker: Patee Sarasin Former CEO / Nok Air /
    • Speaker: Babar Rahman Head of Global Sponsorships/CSR and In-Flight Entertainment/Connectivity / Qatar Airways /
  4. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Networking Break

  5. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Solutions Providers Showcase: Adapting to Airlines Future Needs

    The demands on solutions and technology providers is growing as airlines seek to make the most of their connected fleet. In this panel, we talk to key players about how they are adapting their offerings to market and how they see the market developing. With key issues such as smaller antennas, and passengers wanting terrestrial like speeds, key providers talk about the challenges ahead as airlines demand more than just basic connectivity.

    • Moderator: Andrew Penn Senior Associate / Avascent /
    • Speaker: Greg Montevideo Sr. Director of Connectivity Global Sales and Services / Panasonic Avionics Corporation /
    • Speaker: Roman Lopatko Sr. Director - Connected Aircraft / Honeywell /
    • Speaker: Shane Engle VP & Global Head TTL, IoT WoRKs / HCL Technologies /
    • Panelist: Scott Ralston VP of Product / Gogo /
    • Speaker: Paul Sameit VP of Commercial and Government Aviation / SmartSky Networks, LLC /
    • Speaker: Jerry Thomas Marketing Director / Thales Avionics /
  6. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Keynote Lunch

  7. 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

    Business Jets and the Connected Equation

    The demand for business jets to be connected is growing. But, this is a very different segment to the market compared to the commercial airlines. It is moving beyond being just a necessity. But, what are the dynamics of this market and how are industry players evolving their offers to this highly demanding segment of the market. In this panel, we talk to key players about the bizjet market and look at where it goes next.

    • Moderator: Alex Preston Editor, Inflight portfolio / HMG Aerospace /
    • Speaker: Lupita Wilson Channel Development Director / Rockwell Collins /
    • Speaker: John Peterson Senior Director, Connectivity Services / Honeywell Aerospace /
    • Speaker: David Colbert SVP, Flight Operations and Director of Maintenance / XOJET /
    • Speaker: Fernando Fontanet Development Director, Iridium FlytLINK / Thales Avionics /
    • Speaker: Jason de Mos VP Business Development and Aviation Compliance / Airborne Wireless /
  8. 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

    Re-Discovering Satellite Capacity for IFC

    What airlines need to know and (re)-discover about satellite capacity is the central theme for this workshop. NSR brings an unbiased, informed and clear view of what satellite capacity can do and not do for in-flight connectivity requirements. After years of hearing that operators or service providers offer the “greatest” capacity, this workshop will help airlines unearth real capabilities that various bands, orbits, ground equipment, SLAs and other important characteristics can bring to make an educated choice to enhance their passengers’ experience.

  9. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Exhibit Hall Hours

  10. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break on Exhibit Floor

  11. 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Airframer Perspective

  12. 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    TELCO Perspective

  13. 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    SmartSky Reception on Bayside Terrace

Tuesday | June 5

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Opening Keynote

  3. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Operations: EFB's and the Drive for Greater Efficiency

    In one of the most eagerly awaited panels of GCAS 2018, we talk to a number of airlines about the latest developments in apps, software and EFBs as they strive to use the ‘connection’ to improve all areas of efficiency. While a lot is talked about the passenger experience the boost in efficiency for airlines is significant and we look at how this is making a difference.

    • Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III Editor-In-Chief / Avionics Magazine /
    • Speaker: Dr. Zhihang Chi Vice President & General Manager, North America / Air China /
    • Speaker: Marwan Al Taimeh EFB Admin & A350 Project Engineer, ACARS & Datalink Flight Ops Engineer, Technical Operations / Scandinavian Airlines /
    • Speaker: Jim Baas Senior Manager, Flight Technical / FedEx Express /
    • Speaker: Jeff Rex Director of Panasonic Avionics Corporation / Panasonic Avionics Corporation /
    • Speaker: Tim Allen Commercial Business Manager / Astronics /
    • Speaker: Dan Marek Pr. Program Manager / Rockwell Collins /
  4. 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Exhibit Hall Hours

  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Regulation Perspective

  6. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Networking Break on Exhibit Floor

  7. 11:00 AM – 11:25 AM

    Airline Case Study 1 - United Airlines

  8. 11:25 AM – 11:50 AM

    Airline Case Study 2 - Turkish Airlines

    • Speaker: Ersen Engin General Manager / Turkish Airlines Los Angeles /
    • Speaker: Emre Tanrikulu Corporate Agreements and Marketing Manager, Los Angeles / Turkish Airlines Los Angeles /
  9. 11:50 AM – 12:15 PM

    Airline Case Study 3 - Alaska Airlines

    • Speaker: Bret Peyton Director of Fleet Technology / Alaska Airlines, Inc. /
  10. 12:15 PM – 12:25 PM

    Questions for Airline Case Study Speakers

  11. 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Keynote Lunch

    • Keynote: Michael Tchao VP, Worldwide Product Marketing for iPad / Apple /
  12. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Track 1: Operations

    As more aircraft become connected, airlines and business jet operators are seeing more benefits in helping them with operations. This track will look at how solutions providers are looking to cater different apps and opportunities for airlines to become more efficient in their operations.

  13. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Track 2: Satellite

    One of the key decisions facing any airline when looking at a connectivity solution is aligning with the right satellite provider. With a number of satellite operators in the mix, and satellite capacity in different bands, and even in the future, different orbits, the decision is a complex one. This track will see a number of the top satellite players talk about capacity and how they are looking to serve the airline community.

    • Speaker: Andrew Ruszkowski Vice President Strategic Initiatives Mobility / SES /
    • Speaker: Mark Rasmussen Vice President and General Manager, Mobility / Intelsat US LLC /
    • Speaker: Meherwan Polad Senior Director of Business Development, Viasat Aviation / Viasat /
  14. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Track 3: Hardware and Technology

    While satellite capacity is an important component for the connected aircraft eco-system, a number of companies are working to provide technology and hardware to this system. In this unique track three we talk to some of the main technology suppliers in this market and how they are coming up with the technology to fuel the satellite based eco-system.

  15. 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Exhibit Hall Hours

  16. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break on Exhibit Floor

  17. 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

    Fishbowl Panel: Has the Connected Aircraft Market Lived Up to the Hype?

    In a fun panel to end Day Two, we have a panel of revolving panel members to discuss the big issues of the ‘Connected Aircraft’ and what the key market drivers will be over the next few years. We bring people on stage after every 10 minutes to answer key industry questions and talk of the future of IFC and key developments we will see in the industry over the next few years.

  18. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Networking Reception

Data & Security Day – (Additional Fees Apply)

Wednesday | June 6

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

    Networking Breakfast

  2. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM


    • Keynote: Jessica Ferguson Director of Information Security Architecture / Alaska Airlines, Inc. /
  3. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Airline Predictive Maintenance Case Study

    An airline will give an actual real world case study looking at both the technological and cultural workplace shift that has to occur to go from a reactive to a predictive aircraft maintenance schedule through the use of data analytics.

    • Speaker: Tom Wagner ACMX Manager Technical Support/Data Analytics / UPS Airlines /
    • Speaker: Randall Miller MD11 Data Analytics / UPS Airlines /
  4. 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Exhibit Hall Hours

  5. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Networking Break on Exhibit Floor

  6. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Blockchain Plenary: The New Infrastructure for Aircraft Data

    Blockchain is best defined as a data structure that has the ability to establish a digital archive or to record blocks of data or transactions that can be shared and easily accessed by users across networks. It has the potential to solve the existing divide between operators, MROs, parts suppliers and the access to critical fault codes on parts that can sometimes get lost between them. Several technology companies, airlines and MROs are already using Blockchain, and the goal of this panel is to use a plenary presentation style of providing analysis of what’s already achievable with Blockchain and the potential that exists in the future.

    • Moderator: Eldon Thomas CEO / JetData /
    • Speaker: Thilo Knoop Blockchain 4 Aviation Project Manager / Lufthansa /
    • Speaker: Stephen Mead Engineering Fellow / Honeywell Aerospace /
    • Speaker: Chuck Marx U.S. Practice Leader for Aerospace and Defense / PricewaterhouseCoopers /
    • Speaker: Scott Scheer Regional Director, Business Development - SatCom and Connectivity / HCL Technologies /
  7. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Networking Lunch

  8. 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Aviation Security 101

    Ever since a now well known hacker in aviation circles claimed to access safety critical flight controls through IFE in 2015, the commercial aviation industry has seen an influx of headlines, white papers and analysis about growing cyber security threats onboard aircraft and to the ground and space-based infrastructure that drives flight operations daily. Here, an expert will give a breakdown of all the threats that exist to all of the connected access points within aviation and what the industry can do to address them.

    • Speaker: Peter Lemme Chairman Ka/Ku band Satellite Committe / SAE ARINC Industry Activities /
  9. 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    The Security Challenges Posed by the Internet of Things

    As IoT deployments bring a multitude of advantages to the aviation industry, they also create new vulnerabilities for organizations. IoT devices are difficult to secure and, as such, are often seen as the low-hanging fruit for hackers. The number of cyber-attacks utilizing IoT devices is on the rise – in 2017 Darktrace saw a 400% increase in the number of IoT security incidents in its customers’ networks. Industries and organizations need to know how they plan to gain visibility of and secure IoT devices before moving forwards with deployment plans and create an unknown and little understood multitude of vulnerabilities.

    • Speaker: Jack Moore Cyber Security Executive, Darktrace Industrial / Darktrace /
  10. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Exhibit Hall Hours

  11. 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

    Networking Break on Exhibit Floor

  12. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Securing the Transition from ACARS to IP

    One of the biggest demands expressed by commercial airlines globally is to transition away from the use of commercial aviation’s traditional ACARS network to the use of bigger air to ground and satellite-based IP pipes to syphon data off aircraft in near real time. The use of more bandwidth provided by newer networks gives operators a more cost effective way of accessing non-safety related operational aircraft data. This shift is already occurring in many different forms, but the security risks associated must be addressed. Here, ACARS service providers will lead a discussion of how this is occurring in a secure way.

    • Moderator: Woodrow Bellamy III Editor-In-Chief / Avionics Magazine /
    • Speaker: Rob Mead Lead Engineer, Connectivity, Digital Aviation & Analytics / Boeing Global Services /
    • Speaker: Andrew Onken Global DataLink Product Manager / Rockwell Collins /
    • Speaker: Sai Ravuru Flight Operations Performance Engineer / Allegiant Air /