Global Connected Aircraft Podcast
NSR’s Guide to Satellite Connectivity

NSR’s Guide to Satellite Connectivity

October 17, 2019

This episode draws from one of the most insightful presentations from GCAS 2019. Chris Baugh and Brad Grady, respectively president and principal analyst at Northern Sky Research — 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, MEO and GEO constellations as well as some of the key challenges and considerations for airlines considering purchasing new satellite connectivity.

P.S. - Registration is now OPEN for GCAS 2020. We've made some major changes to the format & focus of the event, so check it out at www.gcasummit.com.

VistaJet’s Nick van der Meer on Launching LuxStream

VistaJet’s Nick van der Meer on Launching LuxStream

September 17, 2019

On this episode, I spoke with VistaJet COO 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.

We have some exciting announcements about the 2020 Global Connected Aircraft Summit coming soon. Stay tuned.

Angela Vargo, VP Marketing for JSX - SmartSky’s Launch Customer

Angela Vargo, VP Marketing for JSX - SmartSky’s Launch Customer

September 6, 2019

California-based JSX, formerly JetSuiteX, is the launch customer for SmartSky’s upcoming air to ground in-flight connectivity network.

The public charter provider operates more than 330 flights out of seven airports, with a fleet of Embraer 135s and 145s. JSX is a subsidiary of private charter JetSuite, and focuses on providing short haul flights at prices that compete with commercial airline business cabin fares.

SmartSky expects its air to ground network to become fully operational by the end of the year, and when they do, JSX will be the first operator flying with their connectivity onboard.

We caught up with Angela Vargo, vice president of marketing at JSX, to learn what they’ve been doing to prepare for the launch of the new high speed in-flight connectivity technology.

Seamless Air Alliance CEO Jack Mandala

Seamless Air Alliance CEO Jack Mandala

August 27, 2019

More than 20 companies are members of the Seamless Air Alliance, working together to establish open architecture standards for in-flight connectivity, including the likes of Airbus, Sprint, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways.

A research study released by SAA at this year’s World Mobile Congress in Barcelona concluded technology standardization would increase the value of the in-flight connectivity market by $11.4 billion. In our discussion, Mandala explained their open standards work for in-flight connectivity and the new Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi services they launched and demonstrated at the 2019 Paris Air Show. 

Don't forget: 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.

Shaul Shalev: Air Canada’s Manager of Safety Analytics and Innovation

Shaul Shalev: Air Canada’s Manager of Safety Analytics and Innovation

August 2, 2019

Woodrow speaks with Air Canada's Shaul Shalev and Sisense CEO Amir Orad about how airlines need to use data and analytics not only to improve flight patterns and address mechanical issues, but also to go a step further and use predictive analytics and layered data to deliver critical safety-related information and identify patterns.

United Airlines’ Flight Operations and Technology: Jon Merritt

United Airlines’ Flight Operations and Technology: Jon Merritt

July 23, 2019

GCAS 2019 took place in June and we're highlighting a few outstanding presentations from the summit. On this episode, Jon Merritt, senior director of flight operations and technology at United Airlines, discusses what United is working on near-term and into the future regarding the use of in-flight internet by pilots.

Next year's GCAS will take place in Denver, Colorado, from June 2-4! Stay tuned for ticket and agenda information, coming soon.

Alaska Airlines’ Director of Fleet Technology: Bret Peyton

Alaska Airlines’ Director of Fleet Technology: Bret Peyton

May 20, 2019

On episode 10 of #GCAPodcast, 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.

Check out the full agenda and register for the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit at www.gcasummit.com, and remember — airlines can attend free of charge!

Airbus A³ Project Executive Arne Stoschek

Airbus A³ Project Executive Arne Stoschek

April 26, 2019

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 more information on the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit at GCASummit.com.

Wheels Up Chief Strategy Officer Miles Rogers

Wheels Up Chief Strategy Officer Miles Rogers

March 28, 2019

Wheels Up is sometimes called the "Uber" of private air travel. We speak with Chief Strategy Officer Miles Rogers about app-based flying, in-flight call and text, and how his company is expanding its membership services.

Check out GCASummit.com for the latest speaker and agenda updates for the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit, taking place June 11-13, 2019, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

GOL Airlines Chief Experience Officer Paulo Miranda

GOL Airlines Chief Experience Officer Paulo Miranda

February 25, 2019

Brazil's GOL Airlines has the latest and greatest in cabin connectivity services, including streaming and live television. We speak with Chief Experience Officer Paolo Miranda on how the airline successfully upgraded its in-flight offerings and what it means for GOL's customers and its bottom line.

Check out the latest speaker and agenda updates for the 2019 Global Connected Aircraft Summit, June 11-13, 2019, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Here's the website.