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The Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, launched in July 2018, continues the experience of the annual Global Connected Aircraft Summit by connecting with airlines around the globe to discuss their approach to cutting-edge connectivity technology.

Produced by the editorial team behind the Global Connected Aircraft Summit, and hosted by Avionics International editor-in-chief Woodrow Bellamy III, each episode features technicians and executives working to integrate connectivity into various aspects of their company’s operations.

Topics include, but are not limited to everything from airline business models and cockpit improvements, cybersecurity, to new IFEC technologies and more.

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To discuss the pandemic's impact on business aviation, we're joined by (left to right) Ian Moore from VistaJet, Per Marthinsson from Avinode Group, and Peter Antonenko from Jetcraft. On the second of this new four-part podcast series, we discuss the operational impact of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic on business aviation. Guests on this episode include the following: Ian Moore, Chief Commercial Officer, VistaJetPer Marthinsson, Founder and EVP, Avinode GroupPeter Antonenko, COO, Jetcraft At 01:30 Moore discusses how the outbreak of coronavirus...
On the first of this new four-part podcast series, we discuss the economic and operational impact of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the commercial airline industry. Guests on this episode include the following: Left to right: Brian Pearce, Michael Blades, Timothy Kuder. Brian Pearce, chief economist, International Air Transport Association (IATA)Mike Blades, Vice President of Aerospace, Defense, and Security Americas Region, Frost & SullivanTimothy Kuder, Senior Commercial Aerospace Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan After a brief introduction and some updates, at (time stamp),...
On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft podcast, we spoke with Peter Lemme, an aviation industry consultant, blogger and former Boeing engineer who wears many hats including supporting the research and development of standards by the Seamless Air Alliance, which just published Release 1.0. Lemme provides a connected aircraft “Cybersecurity 101” style overview of what types of cyber risks and potential threats operators face as the deployment of in-flight connectivity and its use cases continue to advance and scale up across the globe. Among...
On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft podcast, we spoke with Mark Cheyney, Virgin Atlantic’s head of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) development, for a look at how the airline’s use of connectivity continues to evolve. Cheyney explained Virgin’s perspective on business models for passenger access, how and why the airline uses multiple IFEC service providers, and how many in-flight internet sessions passengers have used on their new A350 this year through Inmarsat’s GX Aviation broadband solution. Listen to this episode below, or check it...
On a regional basis, airlines with hubs in North America have the highest rate of in-service airplanes featuring in-flight Internet in the world, according to the latest available data from Valour Consultancy’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) tracker. Established in 2012, the U.K.-based consultancy is a provider of market intelligence services, providing expert insight and analysis to the aviation industry as well as a number of other markets including maritime and drones among others. Through the IFEC tracker provided by Valour, the commercial aviation industry...
On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we caught up with Katya Vashchankova, head of IATA’s meteorology program and Brent King, head of flight operations for IATA. The International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Turbulence Aware platform is a tool makes aggregated turbulence data available to airlines using an algorithm developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which collects turbulence parameters from aircraft systems and sensors. IATA first started working on the system three years ago, and it has been operational throughout...
Bruce Johnson is the director of aircraft operations for the Flying Eye Hospital at Orbis International. Orbis International operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, an MD-10 converted into an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility that flies to developing nations around the world to bring training local doctors and nurses. On this episode, we speak with Bruce Johnson, director of aircraft operations for Orbis International, about the connectivity that powers this unique aircraft. Johnson discussed the process of reconfiguring the MD-10, the sensors and networks...
Marcus Di Laurenzio is the project manager for Aviatar at SWISS Airlines. On this episode, we interview Marcus Di Laurenzio on how Swiss Airlines is using Aviatar, a platform developed by Lufthansa Technik, to digitally monitor the health of its aircraft and manage maintenance operations. Di Laurenzio, project manager for Aviatar at the airline, explains how the open platform takes in aircraft data, places it in a centralized location maintenance staff can access via a web-based dashboard, and enables the airline to use predictive maintenance...
Brad Grady, principal analyst at Northern Sky Research, gave an insightful presentation on satellite connectivity along with president Chris Baugh at GCAS 2019. Drawing from one of the most insightful presentations from GCAS 2019, in this episode Chris Baugh and Brad Grady, respectively president and principal analyst at Northern Sky Research (NSR) — one of the most recognizable global satellite and space market research and consulting firms — provide a demystifying look at satellite-based in-flight connectivity. Baugh and Grady talk about the differences between LEO,...
[caption id="attachment_2705" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Nick van der Meer is the chief operating officer of VistaJet. Photo: VistaJet[/caption] On the latest episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, I spoke with VistaJet Chief Operating Officer Nick Van der Meer. VistaJet will be launching a brand new customized in-flight connectivity service across its fleet of 116 aircraft (combined with XOJet’s fleet after their acquisition) in the near future. Luxstream is powered by the SES Ku-band satellite network, distributed by Collins Aerospace’s ARINCDirect portfolio of services. The LuxStream...
On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, I spoke to Jack Mandala, CEO of the Seamless Air Alliance, about how their organization of more than 20 members, including Aeromexico, Airbus, Etihad Airways, Delta Air Lines, Sprint and more are developing open architecture standards for in-flight connectivity. The Alliance was launched in February 2018 with a goal of enabling airline passengers to use their connected devices in a seamless way on airplanes, without having to go through a complicated login process or paywall. A research...
On the latest episode of the Global Connected Aircraft podcast, we spoke with Air Canada's Shaul Shalev and Sisense CEO Amir Orad about how airlines can use data analytics to improve the way the analyze, process and communicate data points and information about their flight operations and overall organizational workflows. Next year's GCAS will take place in Denver, Colorado, from June 2-4! Stay tuned for ticket and agenda information, coming soon on the GCAS website.
Jon Merritt, senior director of flight operations and technology at United Airlines. The annual Global Connected Aircraft Summit took place in June and we're highlighting a few outstanding presentations from the summit on the podcast. One of the topics that always generates a tremendous amount of audience engagement at the Summit is the use of in-flight internet and connectivity by the flight operations and maintenance divisions of commercial airlines. During his presentation at GCAS 2019, Jon Merritt, senior director of flight operations and technology at...
Episode 10 of #GCAPodcast is here -- and this time, we discuss the current and future use of high speed in-flight connectivity as well as NASA’s Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR) and Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) technology by Alaska Airlines pilots with Bret Peyton, Director of Fleet Technology at Alaska Airlines. Bret will be a panelist on the “Airlines Operations” panel at the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit, along with representatives from Air Canada and United Airlines. Listen below, or click here to download the...
Arne Stoschek is the Project Executive for Wayfinder at Airbus A³. On this episode, we discuss artificial intelligence, machine learning and the exciting electric air taxi and urban air mobility projects being researched by one of the Artificial Intelligence panelists at the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit, Arne Stoschek, Project Executive for Wayfinder at Airbus A³. Check out the new episode in the link below, or get it from the iTunes store here. If you enjoy the GCAS podcast, make sure to subscribe so you'll...
Miles Rogers is the chief strategy officer of Wheels Up. Photo: Wheels Up. On this episode, we talked to Wheels Up Chief Strategy Officer Miles Rogers about in-flight calling, web surfing and how his company is becoming the Uber of private air travel. Previously, Rogers served senior vice president at Marquis Jet and NetJets from 2004-2014. Since joining Wheels Up in 2014, he has played an integral role in the marketing, branding, and business development of Wheels Up working with numerous Fortune 500 companies, media outlets...
Paulo Miranda, chief experience officer of GOL Airlines. The Global Connected Aircraft Podcast is back for an exclusive interview with Paulo Miranda, the chief experience officer (CXO) of GOL Airlines. He discussed the Brazilian airline’s latest cabin connectivity services and capabilities including streaming and live television. Check out the episode below, or download it from Apple Podcasts.
At the 2018 NBAA conference and exhibition in Orlando, we caught up with Mark Rasmussen, VP and general manager of mobility for Intelsat, to discuss the company's new FlexExec in-flight connectivity service for business jets. SPONSORED BY:
Ruben Santamarta, principal security researcher for IOACTIVE. Ruben Santamarta, a cybersecurity researcher with IOACTIVE used a "back-door" vulnerability to demonstrate his ability to hack into an in-flight commercial airplane's satellite internet modem. We discuss the demonstration with Ruben and his IOACTIVE colleague Josep Pi Rodriguez. The cyber experts explain how the flaw that allowed the hack to occur was resolved by the industry.
Alaska Airlines Director of Information Security Architecture Jessica Ferguson. This is the second part of our interview with Alaska Airlines Director of Information Security Architecture we discuss the aftermath of the hacking incident and her involvement with the Aviation Information Sharing & Analysis Center (Aviation ISAC) to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. SPONSORED BY:
The first half of our two-part interview with Alaska Airlines Director of Information Security Architecture Jessica Ferguson discusses the cyber attack the airline experienced in 2017. In this episode, we discuss how the attack happened and what Alaska did to resolve it. Look out for part two of our interview with Jessica when we discuss the aftermath of the hacking incident and her involvement with the Aviation Information Sharing & Analysis Center (Aviation ISAC) to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. SPONSORED BY: 
Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day. At the 2018 International Aviation Forecast Summit (IAFS), our host Woodrow Bellamy III caught up with Denver International Airport (DIA) CEO Kim Day to learn why the fifth busiest airport in the United States is undergoing a $1.8 billion terminal modernization office. The project will implement new automated security lanes and a new security queueing concept centered around the use of smart phones and “vestibules.” Day also discussed ongoing NextGen metroplex project deployment and how DIA has some of...
The Silicon Valley-based private jet charter company XOJET operates a fleet of 43 Textron Citation Xs and Bombardier Challenger 300s. Their entire fleet is equipped with in-flight connectivity and they also have a 24/7 systems operational control center in Sacramento, California. XOJET is reporting 12% growth in revenue through the first six months of 2018 and a 31% market share of on-demand super-mid charter flights exceeding three hours within the United States. In our first episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we interviewed XOJET...