E-enablement can help bring cost savings to airlines

2016 Aircraft e-Enablement Connectivity and IFE Conference logoMoving data on or off an aircraft can reduce an airline’s costs and help pilots and flight crew do their jobs more efficiently. That will be the main message at the 2016 Aircraft e-Enablement Connectivity and IFE Conference, being held in London on 27th and 28th April 2016.

The event will hear from a number of speakers on how e-enablement can pay for itself. Modern aircraft, like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, are able to generate huge amounts of data, but by carefully selecting only the data you require, you can focus on what you need.

For example, Emirates recently signed an agreement with Teledyne Controls to equip its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with Teledyne’s GroundLink technology.

Teledyne GroundLink is a multi-application communication system that automates the downloading of essential flight data from an aircraft after each flight. It supports the very latest flight data monitoring (FDM) and maintenance applications.

The GroundLink Comm+ technology provides aircraft operators with a solution to wirelessly connect aircraft equipment with airline’s back office systems.

Jean-Louis Lugan, director of sales at Teledyne Controls, said: “With more than 7,500 aircraft equipped, our technology is proven to make a significant contribution to further improving operational performance.”

Teledyne has also signed a partnership with PACE that will enable airlines and individual flight crews to improve their flying efficiency and fuel consumption, and pilots by receiving live weather updates direct to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) while in flight.


Murray Skelton, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls (who are one of the companies presenting at the 2016 Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference) says that ease of integration is key: “By a simple interface with our AID+ unit and the PACE application, we can deliver all of the key flight data, and external data such as weather updates direct to a tablet to enable pilots to make informed decisions about their flight, and proactively find ways of maximising their fuel efficiency.”

The e-enablement presentations at the conference include:

  • Connectivity Solutions for Production and In-Service Airplanes” by Tim Anstey, Associate Technical Fellow, Boeing.
  • Aircraft Data Management” with Toby Tucker, Portfolio Director, Innovation Programme, SITAONAIR and Nick Ward, Product Manager Engine Health Monitoring, Rolls-Royce, plus
  • Big Data eEnabling Connected Aircraft”, Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Vice President, Commercial Operations Solutions, Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE).

There will also be case studies, including one on “Swiss Aircraft eEnablement” with Jean-Marie Bégis, Director, EFB and Aircraft Information Systems, Esterline CMC Electronics and Andreas Bösch, Manager, eOperations Projects, Swiss International Air Lines.

The event also includes an exhibition and networking opportunities.

The 2016 Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference is being held at the Park Inn by Radisson, London Heathrow, UK on 27th and 28th April 2016.

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