Event Discussions Will Offer Pointers for the Road Ahead

Editor's note for the August/September 2016 edition of Avionics.

First, I would like to thank any of the Avionics audience who came to our 2016 Global Connected Aircraft Summit in Hollywood in June. The third iteration of this event was a highly successful one, in which sessions, panels and discussions highlighted both the technological successes and challenges ahead across the connected aircraft industry. Next year, the Global Connected Aircraft Summit will back on the East Coast and we look forward to seeing you there to check out our expanded program. For those of you who weren’t able to make it this year, our Associate Editor, Woodrow Bellamy III, has written a piece breaking down the highlights of the in-flight connectivity event of the year.

Later this year we are planning to launch a spin-off publication — The Global Connected Aircraft Link (GCA Link) — in which we will offer readers in-flight connectivity airline case studies, as well as in-depth features on the ever-evolving connected aircraft. We are planning to drop each issue around major tradeshows, such as the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX), as well as our own Global Connected Aircraft Summit (GCA Summit).

No sooner has one event ended than we move on to the next. Our Avionics for NextGen industry event will be in Washington, D.C., September 28 and 29, where for a day and a half, we have various members of the aerospace community talking all things NextGen. We have a number of airlines speaking, as well as key decision-makers and influencers from theFAA. With the 2020 mandate deadlines for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) just over the horizon, the event will provide a barometer and how the industry is meeting the challenges of NextGen equipage. It’s not too late to register! On the subject of NextGen, we have a great feature looking at Data Communications (Data Comm), a critical part of theFAA’s Next Generation Airspace Modernization (NextGen) initiative.

We once again thank all of you who have supported our events and hope we can provide many more successful tradeshows that provide platforms for topics that prove to be key to this community.

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