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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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Brad Grady, principal analyst at Northern Sky Research, gave an insightful presentation on satellite connectivity along with Vivek Prasad during the recent Cabin Chats 2020 virtual event. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Brad Grady, principal analyst for Northern Sky Research (NSR), gives some updates and insight on how COVID-19 is continuing to impact in-flight connectivity, antenna technology, the concept of free in-flight Internet, and more. Grady has given presentations at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit in recent years and leads a group of...
Daniel Iriarte, manager of Onboard Product-WiFi/IFE team at Aeromexico joined the second part of the Cabin Chats 2020 web series to discuss staying connected through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the airline's future in-flight connectivity (IFC). On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we feature an interactive roundtable session from the second installment of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit's 2020 "Cabin Chats" series that occurred Sept. 22-24. Daniel Iriarte, a member of the Onboard Product-WiFi/IFE team at Aeromexico, joined a panel discussion moderated by Mark...
Bethany Davis is the director of flight innovation for Gulfstream Aerospace. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Bethany Davis, director of flight innovation and advanced flight deck for Gulfstream Aerospace discusses some of the new technologies featured on their newest G700 long-range business jet, in-flight connectivity and future avionics technologies. Gulfstream first unveiled the G700 in 2019 and expects to make its first customer deliveries in 2022. Davis has previously spoken at the live version of the Global Connected Aircraft Summit in 2017,...
Daniel Welch, senior consultant with Valour Consultancy, joined the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast to discuss all things COVID-19 and in-flight connectivity. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Daniel Welch, a senior consultant with Valour Consultancy, discusses all of latest updates around in-flight connectivity equipage updates, aircraft groundings and future prospects for commercial airlines around the world. Valour Consultancy recently published an update to its connectivity tracker for the second quarter, and Welch provides perspectives on how the drop in air passenger demand and impact...
Geoffrey Levene is the Director of Global Business Development for Data Science and Space at NVIDIA. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we learn how airlines and aerospace manufacturers are adopting the use of data science workstations to develop task-specific machine learning models with Geoffrey Levene, Director, Global Business Development for Data Science and Space at NVIDIA. In a May 7 blog, NVIDIA – one of the world’s largest suppliers of graphics processing units and computer chips to the video gaming, automotive and other industries...
Tomal Sohorab is the Manager of Cargo solutions at Air Canada Cargo. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we feature a presentation given by Tomal Sohorab, Manager of Cargo solutions, Air Canada Cargo during the first installment of the Global Connected Aircraft Cabin Chats web series that occurred in June. Sohorab provides some perspective on how the airline has used bluetooth technology, connectivity and specialized sensors on unit load devices (ULDs) to establish an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to air cargo tracking. Have...
This episode of the podcast features a presentation given by Ankit Nanda, managing director of engineering, Allegiant, at the first installment of the Global Connected Aircraft Cabin Chats web series in June. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we feature a pre-recorded presentation on aircraft network security and predictive maintenance at Las Vegas-based low cost airline Allegiant. The presentation was given by their managing director of engineering, Ankit Nanda during the first installment of the Global Connected Aircraft Cabin Chats that took place...
Bryan Del Monte is the founder of the Aviation Agency.  On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Bryan Del Monte, founder of the Aviation Agency, joins the podcast to provide some perspective on the outlook for the US airline industry as operators continue to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Del Monte, a former Pentagon official and economist, analyzes how US airlines have used the federal government bailout package they received in April, and what another proposed bailout package could mean for the...
Nate Klenke is the manager of modification and sales for  Duncan Aviation. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Nate Klenke of Duncan Aviation discusses the MRO provider's recent free in-flight entertainment and connectivity trial initiative for business jet operators. Klenke also provides some perspective on what it’s like to modify and repair business jets during a global pandemic, and gives us the maintenance hangar's view on connectivity usage and upgrade trends as well as some guidance on selecting a connectivity service plan. Have suggestions...
Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX Advance, is the guest for this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Richard Koe, managing director, WINGX Advance GmbH provides insights into what the up and down global flight activity in July across business and commercial air transportation means for the aviation industry’s ongoing COVID-19 recovery. According to WINGX`s weekly global market tracker, global business aviation traffic saw an overall 20 percent decline compared to 2019, an improvement on the 30...
XOJET Aviation Vice President of Flight Operations Tyler Stubblefield joins this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast. (Kevin Fiscus) On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we’re joined by Tyler Stubblefield, vice president of flight operations for XOJET Aviation. Stubblefield provides some perspective on how business aviation operators such as XOJET Aviation have seen new interest in private air travel amid the drastic changes to the way commercial airlines operate due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. XOJET has also adjusted cleaning processes and...
FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker is the guest on this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast. On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, we're joined by Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware. FlightAware operates the world's largest flight tracking and data platform. Baker provides insights on how air traffic is slowly starting to go back up since the lowest levels that occurred in April and May due to COVID-19 pandemic related air travel restrictions. Baker also explains how FlightAware is introducing new artificial intelligence and...
Glenn Gonzales is the co-founder and CEO of Jet It. Jet It is a business aviation operator launched in 2018 that operates a fleet of HondaJet Elite aircraft and has introduced a unique business model to the private travel market. The company uses days rather than hours to sell shares of aircraft to customers, allowing owners to only pay for the direct operating costs of the aircraft. That equates to $1,600 an hour. Jet It currently operates a fleet of five HondaJet Elites, with plans...
Thomas Rehberg is the Global Head of Airports and Airlines Business for Nokia Enterprise. On this episode, we’re joined by Thomas Rehrberg, head of airports and airlines business for Nokia Enterprise. Rehrberg provides an overview of how 5G works and what its enabling elements within the aviation industry will be, with a focus on airports. The airports division of Nokia Enterprise has already deployed a 5G private wireless network at Brussels Airport in partnership with Belgian mobile operator Citymesh. Lufthansa Technik has used the same...
Jean-François Parent is the Head of Engineering and Chief Engineer of the A220 at Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, in Mirabel, Canada. Photo: Airbus On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we caught up with Jean-François Parent, head of engineering and chief engineer for the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership’s A220 program. The chief engineer explains how the A220 and all Airbus airliners are designed to prevent air contamination under normal operating conditions. When at cruising altitudes, the cabin air is a mix of fresh air...
Max Conrady is the senior vice president of cargo for Fraport AG. He oversees cargo operations at Frankfurt International Airport. On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we caught up with Max Conrady, Senior Vice President Cargo, Fraport AG to discuss what it’s like to manage air cargo operations at one of Europe’s busiest airports during a global pandemic. While the travel restrictions from the outbreak of COVID-19 have caused a dramatic reduction in the number of passenger flights occurring right now, the...
Azman Ahmad is the general manager of product management for Saudia Airlines. During the 2020 Global Connected Aircraft Cabin Chats series, Azman Ahmad, GM Product Management, Saudia Airlines, joined program chair Mark Holmes for a discussion on how he sees the airline passenger experience changing amid the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The national carrier is slowly starting to resume flights and has been posting updates on social distancing and cleaning measures occurring on its aircraft via the company’s official Twitter account. Ahmad discussed...
On this bonus episode, we provide unreleased interviews from our coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic's impact on aviation. On this bonus episode, we feature some of the unreleased interviews from our recent coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic's impact on various segments of the aviation industry. Guests and speakers on this episode include the following: Ed Bastian, chief executive, Delta Air LinesPaul Jacobson, chief financial officer, Delta Air LinesRichard Koe, managing director, WINGX Advance GmbHGlenn McDonald, senior associate, Aerodynamic Advisory At 1:53, you'll hear...
On the fourth and final episode of this new four-part podcast series, we feature discussions with connectivity professionals on various aspects of how the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic is impacting aviation On the fourth and final episode of this new four-part podcast series, we feature discussions with connectivity professionals on various aspects of how the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic is impacting aviation. Guests on this episode include the following: Tom Schmutz, CEO, Flyht Aerospace Solutions Ltd.Mike Pigott, Senior Vice President Connectivity Solutions, Global Eagle EntertainmentJason...
On the third 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. On the third of this new four-part podcast series, we discuss some solutions that can help operators work through the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic. Guests on this episode include the following: Nicole Noack, head of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA)Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO, ZeroAviaHarvey Meharry, Chief Pilot, Flight Department Manager, Southern Multifoods Inc. At...
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...