Global Connected Aircraft Podcast
How Quest Diagnostics Flights Transport COVID-19 Specimens

How Quest Diagnostics Flights Transport COVID-19 Specimens

May 15, 2020

On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, we caught up with Scott Borton, director of national air logistics for Quest Diagnostics, one of the leading medical lab services companies in the United States.

In addition to the medical labs and patient locations managed by the company, Quest Diagnostics also operates a fleet of 25 total aircraft, including the Pilatus PC-12, Beech B58 Baron and Embraer Phenom 100. Right now, these aircraft are flying about 88 flights a day to 63 different locations across the U.S., transporting some very precious cargo, including COVID-19 specimens and samples.

Their goal is to deliver collected samples to the company’s labs by 2 AM, so that diagnostics can be complete and results are ready by 8 AM the next morning.

We also asked Scott about the logistics of supporting a 20-minute turnaround time for aircraft that make multiple stops throughout the day, and whether or not his aircraft feature any type of in-flight connectivity.

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Managing Air Cargo Operations at Frankfurt Airport During a Pandemic

Managing Air Cargo Operations at Frankfurt Airport During a Pandemic

May 8, 2020

On this episode, 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 the COVID-19 coronavirus have caused a dramatic reduction in the number of passenger flights occurring right now, the volume of air cargo operations has remained relatively similar to the levels they were at during this time a year ago.

According to Conrady, who oversees all of the air cargo operations at Frankfurt Airport, they’re still managing about 250 air cargo flights per day. The Fraport executive also discusses how they’re managing parked aircraft and some of the regulatory and data exchange challenges they’re dealing with.

 

Daedalean CEO Talks Neural Networks in Aviation

Daedalean CEO Talks Neural Networks in Aviation

May 1, 2020

On this episode, we caught up with Luuk van Dijk, co-founder of Zürich, Switzerland-based startup and provider of autonomous flight control technology, Daedalean. On April 1, 2020, Daedalean and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) jointly published a report entitled, “Concepts
of Design Assurance for Neural Networks.”

The report is the result of 10 months of work between EASA and Daedalean. According to EASA, the jointly published report is the result of a 10-month collaborative project between the two organizations with the goal of investigating the challenges and concerns of using Neural Networks (NN) in aviation.

Some of the results of the project will serve as a key enabler towards the certification and approval of machine learning in safety-critical applications onboard aircraft.

During our interview with van Dijk, he explains the differences between artificial intelligence, machine learning and how neural networks is effectively a subset of these concepts. The former SpaceX engineer also discusses some of the near term use cases of neural networks within aviation, including how they have been flight testing the use of one for image recognition, object detection and visual landing systems over the last few years in drones, air taxis and manned aircraft.

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Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic Pt. 5 - BONUS

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic Pt. 5 - BONUS

April 24, 2020

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 Lines
  • Paul Jacobson, chief financial officer, Delta Air Lines
  • Richard Koe, managing director, WINGX Advance GmbH
  • Glenn McDonald, senior associate, Aerodynamic Advisory

At 1:53, you'll hear the opening remarks delivered by Bastian and Jacobson during their 2020 first quarter earnings call.

At 16:12, Koe joins the podcast to discuss trends in business aviation intelligence data and flight activity.

At 31:10, McDonald joins the podcast to discuss how the decline in passenger demand and COVID-19 travel restrictions will impact the aerospace industry supply chain.

 

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 4: CONNECTIVITY

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 4: CONNECTIVITY

April 17, 2020

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 Entertainment
  • Jason Wissink, Senior Sales Director, Connected Aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace
Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 3: SOLUTIONS

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 3: SOLUTIONS

April 10, 2020

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, ZeroAvia
  • Harvey Meharry, Chief Pilot, Flight Department Manager, Southern Multifoods Inc.

At 2:04, Noack describes how the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has impacted aircraft modifications and how her organization is helping airlines update paperwork associated with maintaining the airworthiness of their airplanes while they’re grounded. IAMA has established a virtual think tank to keep its aircraft modification companies connected to airlines remotely.

At 22:22, Miftakhov provides some perspective on how the COVID-19 travel restrictions have impacted its ability to research and develop aa hydrogen-powered electric powertrain as an alternative to both conventional aircraft engines and battery-based electric motors. And what you’ll learn from this discussion is how the coronavirus has impacted companies that are developing innovative future facing technologies, as well as how the use of the technology ZeroAvia is developing could potentially lower the cost of operating an aircraft in the future.

At 38:09, Meharry provides the perspective of a Hawker Beechcraft 400A pilot and corporate flight department manager whose operations have been grounded by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how he and other pilots are still flying and maintaining their currency under the new social distancing and work-from-home policies implemented in Texas, where Southern Multifoods Inc. operates from.

Have suggestions or topics we should focus on in the upcoming episodes as part of this new series? Email the host, Woodrow Bellamy at wbellamy@accessintel.com, or drop him a line on Twitter @WbellamyIIIAC.

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 2: BUSINESS AVIATION

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 2: BUSINESS AVIATION

April 3, 2020

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:

  • Ian Moore, Chief Commercial Officer, VistaJet
  • Per Marthinsson, Founder and EVP, Avinode Group
  • Peter Antonenko, COO, Jetcraft

Have suggestions or topics we should focus on in the upcoming episodes as part of this new series? Email the host, Woodrow Bellamy at wbellamy@accessintel.com, or drop him a line on Twitter @WbellamyIIIAC.

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 1: AIRLINES

Aerospace Industry Outlook Under the Coronavirus Pandemic - Pt. 1: AIRLINES

March 26, 2020

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:

  • Brian Pearce, chief economist, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Mike Blades, Vice President of Aerospace, Defense, and Security Americas Region, Frost & Sullivan
  • Timothy Kuder, Senior Commercial Aerospace Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

Have suggestions or topics we should focus on in the upcoming episodes as part of this new series? Email the host, Woodrow Bellamy at wbellamy@accessintel.com, or drop him a line on Twitter @WbellamyIIIAC.

Connected Aircraft Cybersecurity 101 with The Satcom Guru

Connected Aircraft Cybersecurity 101 with The Satcom Guru

March 16, 2020

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.

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.

Talking IFEC With Virgin Atlantic’s Mark Cheyney

Talking IFEC With Virgin Atlantic’s Mark Cheyney

February 28, 2020

Woodrow is joined by 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.

This episode is sponsored by Collins Aerospace. Collins is dedicated to tackling the toughest challenges facing the aviation industry. Their products and services link touchpoints across aviation — including airlines, passengers and airports.

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