Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast
AirFi CEO Talks Wireless In-flight Entertainment and Creating a ’Mall in the Sky’ for Airlines

AirFi CEO Talks Wireless In-flight Entertainment and Creating a ’Mall in the Sky’ for Airlines

August 15, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Job Heimerikx, CEO and co-founder of AirFi, joins to discuss commercial airline wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity trends. 

AirFi a global supplier of wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity technologies, headquartered in the Netherlands. Their technology is rather unique in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity market because of its size and what it can enable for airlines in terms of in-flight movies, ordering meals and payment validation among other applications. 

Some of their airline customers include Sun Country, Eastern Airlines, Corendon Dutch Airlines and Atlantic Airways among others. We discuss the unique size of their wireless IFEC solution, how they've added Iridium connectivity to their technology and why they're still finding that the type of low bandwidth non-streaming connectivity they're providing is still popular with airlines in 2022. 

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OneWeb’s Ben Griffin Explains How LEO Satellites Address Capacity, Throughput Needs for In-flight Internet

OneWeb’s Ben Griffin Explains How LEO Satellites Address Capacity, Throughput Needs for In-flight Internet

August 2, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Ben Griffin, Vice President of Mobility Services, OneWeb, joins to discuss how the introduction of their Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite could provide a paradigm shift for in-flight internet service in the near future. 

Last week, Eutelsat and OneWeb reached an agreement combine, bringing together satellite assets in Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) for multi-orbit service. Since this interview was conducted on the day of this major announcement, the discussion does not focus on the Eutelsat-OneWeb agreement, however Griffin does provide some initial reaction on how the partnership might benefit their plans for in-flight connectivity (IFC) in the future toward the end of the conversation. 

Griffin does however explain why their LEO constellation a perfect match for IFC service because of the amount of capacity the systems will make available, low latency, and global coverage, including over the polar regions. The OneWeb executive also provides perspective on how the company is evaluating the results of a recent test of their partially completed LEO network conducted on a Boeing 777. 

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OneWeb, SpaceX and Telesat Answer LEO In-flight Connectivity Questions at 2022 CAI Summit

OneWeb, SpaceX and Telesat Answer LEO In-flight Connectivity Questions at 2022 CAI Summit

July 27, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, executives from OneWeb, SpaceX and Telesat discuss the future of Low Earth Orbit (LEO)-powered in-flight connectivity for commercial airlines and business jet operators during an hour-long session at the 2022 Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit. 

Would LEO satellite networks be capable of providing connectivity to every airborne aircraft in U.S. airspace simultaneously at any given time in the future? Will more airlines be receptive to SpaceX's direct-to-airline LEO IFC equipment and service business model? What type of connection speeds, improvements in latency can LEO provide for connected in-flight passenger sessions? Will LEO satellites provide connectivity to airlines that fly polar routes? 

During this exciting session recorded live during the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit last month, the following executives answer the above listed questions and more:

  • Jonathan Hofeller, VP, Starlink Commercial Sales, SpaceX
  • Philippe Scherlet, VP, Aviation, Telesat
  • Jason Sperry, Market Development Director, Business Aviation, OneWeb 

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Air Canada 787 Pilot Talks Aero HygenX and Autonomous Aircraft Disinfection

Air Canada 787 Pilot Talks Aero HygenX and Autonomous Aircraft Disinfection

July 20, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, JP Floyd, Air Canada 787 Pilot and Senior Director of Compliance and Standards for Aero HygenX, joins to discuss autonomous aircraft disinfection technology.

Aero HygenX, is a Canadian tech start-up founded by pilots and experts in aircraft maintenance. The company has developed an autonomous robot called "Ray" that uses UV-C technology and motion-sensors to self-navigate the aircraft cabin while disinfecting air and surfaces throughout. Several airlines including Avelo, Ethiopian Airlines and Zambia Airways have adopted their robot disinfection technology.

Floyd also provides some perspective on some of the challenges of flying throughout the pandemic over the last two years as well as some of the goals Aero HygenX wants to achieve with its disinfection technology. 

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Shift5 CGO Talks Developing an Aircraft Networking Security Program

Shift5 CGO Talks Developing an Aircraft Networking Security Program

July 6, 2022

Michael Weigand is the chief growth officer of Shift5 Inc., a startup firm providing cybersecurity services across commercial and military segments of aviation, rail and other forms of transportation. 

Weigand is a former U.S. Army cyber officer who co-founded Shift5 in 2019. During his live presentation given at the 2022 Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit, Weigand gives an in-depth technical overview of how connected aircraft systems work, why they’re vulnerable how airlines can develop an Aircraft Network Security Program. 

The FAA first established its Aircraft Network Security Program in 2015 as an Advisory Circular for airlines that operate aircraft featuring connectivity. Weigand goes well beyond explaining how airlines can develop an ANSP into giving a detailed explanation as to how specific aircraft computers and data bus networks function, and why he believes there is no such thing as an “un-connected” aircraft for airlines anymore even with those that do not specifically feature passenger-facing connectivity onboard. 

Below is an interesting observation given by Weigand during the presentation:

“I want to suggest that the industry not focus on the infotainment and passenger connectivity systems as the primary cyber threat to the aircraft. Candidly, from a security professional’s perspective I don’t care that the passengers don’t have Wi-Fi, because that system was degraded by a malicious actor. We care about flight safety first and foremost, it’s really the flight deck, it’s the green side of the aircraft that the conversation needs to be focused on, and I think previous security research done initially by the hacking and academia community has kind of mislead the industry to talk about what’s going on in the cabin and not in the flight deck.” 

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NSR’s Brad Grady Talks Market Outlook for In-flight Satellite Connectivity Services

NSR’s Brad Grady Talks Market Outlook for In-flight Satellite Connectivity Services

June 7, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Brad Grady, Research Director for Northern Sky Research, an Analysis Mason Company, discusses all the latest technologies, trending topics and gives an overall market outlook for satellite-powered in-flight connectivity. 

This episode features a recording of Grady's live presentation given on Day 2 of the 2022 Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit. He covers a range of different topics from the potential of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks to disrupt the IFC market to airline business models, the impact of the increase in business jet operations and more. 

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What’s Next for EFBs in Airline Operations with Collins Aerospace

What’s Next for EFBs in Airline Operations with Collins Aerospace

June 2, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Jon Merritt, VSL Flight Deck and Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Applications, Collins Aerospace, joins to explain how the use of EFBs are evolving for airline pilots. 

On June 1, Collins launched its new FlightHub Electronic Flight Folder with access to new fuel savings application. Merritt, who is the former director of flight operations technology for United Airlines, discusses the importance of establishing a strategy when it comes to the adoption and operation of new EFB apps.

This episode is sponsored by Collins Aerospace

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How Cirrus Aircraft Operators are Flying with a New IQ

How Cirrus Aircraft Operators are Flying with a New IQ

May 20, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, we're joined by two guests, including Ivy McIver, a pilot and director of the SR Product Line at Cirrus Aircraft and the company's director of business development, Seneca Giese.

Two years ago, Cirrus Aircraft released its new Cirrus IQ app, giving SR20, SR22, and SR22T pilots and maintainers the ability to remotely check the status and performance of systems and components on their aircraft. McIver and Giese explain how Cirrus IQ works and what new features they're developing and adding to it. 

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Connect Airlines Chief Operating Officer Talks Digital-First Operational Strategy

Connect Airlines Chief Operating Officer Talks Digital-First Operational Strategy

May 7, 2022

When Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA)—the Boston-based FAA Part 135 charter operator—first launched its new Toronto-based Connect Airlines last year, the company’s CEO described his observation of the pandemic as driving airlines to become “lean, agile and digital-first.”

On this episode, Connect Airlines Chief Operating Officer Dave Marcontell provides a status update on how the Q400 operator is preparing to launch passenger-carrying operations. 

The COO also discusses how they’re continuing that commitment to becoming digital-first by investing in a  new QR code-based asset records management system, his vision for becoming a paperless operation and whether they will feature in-flight Wi-Fi on their fleet of Q400s. 

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Valour’s Daniel Welch Talks 2022 In-flight Connectivity Updates, Starlink and Regional Trends

Valour’s Daniel Welch Talks 2022 In-flight Connectivity Updates, Starlink and Regional Trends

April 29, 2022

On this episode of the Connected Aviation Intelligence Podcast, Daniel Welch, senior consultant for Valour Consultancy, joins to discuss in-flight connectivity (IFC) business models for airlines, installation trends, the recent Starlink agreements and more. 

In January, Welch published a blog post showing that in the fourth quarter of 2021, the global IFC installed base increased for the second consecutive quarter, driven by installation activity in North America. He provides some updates IFC installation and service activity for airlines, regional trends and some insight on the recent Starlink agreements established by SpaceX with Hawaiian Airlines and JSX.

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