The inflight online revolution and the “last days of the inflight entertainment system”


The organisers of the GVF-EMP ‘AeroConnect 2017: The Inflight Online Revolution’ conference (, which will be held at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, have announced the final programme and latest speaker/panellist line-up for the 31st October event.

Comprising four interactive panel discussions – dedicated to analysing “The Drive towards Fast Reliable IFEC at 35,000 feet”, and sponsored by Hughes, Inmarsat, SES Networks, Advantech Wireless, and Comtech EF Data – the conference will take a comprehensive view across the board of HTS satellites, the integration of GEO, MEO & LEO systems, next generation air-to-ground (ATG) networks, and the integration of space-based and ground-based networks, together with improvements in hardware technology – antennas, wireless access points, servers, routers – which are driving substantial improvements in networks connection speed & reliability.

As at 24th October, the event has attracted the participation of representatives of more than 70 organisations: 2010Connect; Access Partnership; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Arqiva; AST; AVEDEBE; Avison Aviation; British Telecommunications; Carlisle Interconnect Technologies; CETel GmbH; Comtech EF Data; CPI Europe; Device Management Forum; Eclipse: Eutelsat; General Dynamics Satcom;; Gilat Satellite Networks; GoGo; GoMedia Services; GPS Ltd; Guy Pelham Media / BBC News; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Honeywell; Hughes; Hunter Communications; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Aviation; Integrasys; Intelsat; IP Access; IRG; Iridium; ITS Electronics; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Loreto Capital; Lufthansa Technik; M2M Insights; M4SAT; Media Broadcast Satellite GmbH; Neuco; Newtec; PCCW Global; PHASOR; Qatar Airways; Razor Secure Ltd; Rockwell Collins; Satellite Applications Catapult; SES; Spacepath Communications; SpeedCast; Telesat; Telstra; Ten Cate Advanced Composites Ltd.; Thales Alenia Space; Thorn SDS; UK MOD ISS Strategic Partner; UR Group; ViaSat; VT iDirect; WL Gore & Associates UK Ltd; Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger, LLP.

David Coiley, Vice President Aviation at Inmarsat, will open the conference with a keynote address which will provide a detailed overview of the findings and implications of the company’s recent Inflight Connectivity Survey. Said Mr Coiley;

“The Inmarsat Inflight Connectivity Survey reveals some fascinating insights into the priorities held by today’s airline passenger and provides us with vital new data. Gaining these insights will ensure that the satellite industry remains highly attuned to meeting the evolving demands, indeed the rapidly changing needs, of the inflight customer. I look forward in my opening presentation – to be entitled ‘Online, Anywhere, Everywhere: The Passenger at 35,000 ft’ – to offering the AeroConnect event some further analysis and exploration of the implications for our industry”.

The opening panel session of ‘AeroConnect 2017’ will focus on ‘Technologies’, covering: Satcoms: Ku-band and Ka-band in the Mix | GEO, MEO & LEO: the Hybrid Approach | Next Generation ATG Networks | The Integration of Space-Based and Ground-Based Networks, and will feature:

Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data

Marco Mirante, Regional Sales Director, Hughes Europe

David Bijur, Senior Vice President, GoGo

Alex Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, RazorSecure

Ben Ash, Sales Manager, Special Applications, IP.access

Roger Matthews, Managing Director, Go Media

Discussion of ‘Aeronautical Applications & Passenger Services’ will provide the substance of Session Two, including: The Cloud & Big Data from Gate-to-Gate | The Airline App Environment | The Passenger Online Environment (From Laptop, Tablet & Smartphone to Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Skype, Whatsapp, Snapchat… and Beyond) | The Airline Carrier Operational Data Environment, with contributions from:

David Coiley, Vice President Aviation, Inmarsat

Julian Hewson, Director Strategic Accounts Europe, Global Eagle Entertainment

Remi Challamel, Snr. Business Development & Sales Manager, Thales Alenia Space

‘Terminal Equipment’ themes form the substance of the third session, encompassing: Solutions Architecture, Design & Engineering Strategies | Terminal Design & Airframe Compatibilities | Terminal Capabilities for the Passenger & Carrier Requirement | Terminal Evolution & Future Proofing | Future Hardware Evolution: Antennas, Wireless Access Points, Servers and Routers. Featured panellists will include:

Amir Yabo, ‎Product Manager, Satellite Networks Business Unit, Advantech Wireless

Denis Sutherland, Vice President Business Development, iDirect

David Garrood, CSO, PHASOR Inc

Andy Lucas, Senior Vice President Operator Vertical, Comtech EF Data

Finally, the fourth session, ‘The Expectations & Capabilities Matrix’ will cover: The Passenger, the Airline, and the Connectivity Solution Provider | Deployment & Installation Planning: The Aircraft Manufacturer & the Airline Carrier | Broadband Bandwidth: Reconciling Supply & Demand Realities | Passenger Choice Drivers & Carrier Offerings | Future Proofing: Connectivity, Upgrades & Speed | Multiple Device Connectivity & the Second Screen. Panel members will include:

Daphné Joseph, Manager Policy & Market Access, Access Partnership

Jags Burhm, Senior Vice President Aero, Eutelsat Global Mobility

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, IRG

Graham Lake, Principal, Aviation Management


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