04 - 05 March, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and morning refreshments

9:00 am - 9:30 am Chairman’s opening remarks

9:30 am - 10:00 am Realising the connected aviation ecosystem

Paul Page, Business Manager – Connectivity,Honeywell Aerospace
  • Enhancing operational efficiency of airports, airspace and airlines through the use of data and applications
  • Using data to maintain flight schedule integrity and reduce AOG
  • Digitising the aircraft turnaround process through connectivity and real-time data transfer

Paul Page

Business Manager – Connectivity
Honeywell Aerospace

Big data and the connected aircraft: Harnessing the power of the aircraft data pipe

10:00 am - 10:30 am Understanding the unique quality of Avtech's weather data

Ian Cameron, Executive Head of Transport Meteorological Services,Met Office


Ian Cameron

Executive Head of Transport Meteorological Services
Met Office

10:30 am - 11:00 am Flight ops optimisation using big data analysis

11:00 am - 11:30 am Fuel optimisation strategies using big data analysis and techniques

Dr. Dymitr Ruta, Chief Researcher – Big Data Analytics,Khalifa University
  • How to determine aircraft route profitability using big data
  • Techniques for performing big data analytics over large scale aviation data
  • Learn how to integrate fuel data with passenger and cargo load data and weather data

Dr. Dymitr Ruta

Chief Researcher – Big Data Analytics
Khalifa University

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Networking break and morning refreshments

Innovative solutions for cost-effective and reliable air-to-ground data transfer

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Challenges and solutions for aircraft data transfer: How to cost effectively transfer data from next-generation aircraft

Werner Putzler, Manager – ACARS and Aircraft Communication,Etihad Airways
  • How to avoid data loss between air-to-ground communications transfer
  • Comparing various communications channels: SATCOM, ACARS and ACARS over IP
  • How to effectively separate and store flight critical and legacy data
  • How to securely and seamlessly segregate data paths to avoid network congestion

Werner Putzler

Manager – ACARS and Aircraft Communication
Etihad Airways

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Moving from the connected aircraft to e-enablement for the multi-fleet airline

Pierre Yves-Benain, Portfolio Head, e-Aircraft ,SITAONAIR
  • How to effectively build the on-board platform to maximize airline business case
  • Integrate the airline IT with the e-enabled aircraft. Example A350
Removing silos, building the right Industry collaborations to the benefit of airlines

Pierre Yves-Benain

Portfolio Head, e-Aircraft

Cockpit safety solutions and data transfer

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Understanding the different data domains on an aircraft and how to effectively separate and protect them from cyber attack

Dr. Jassim Haji, Ex-Director – Information Technology,Gulf Air
  • Understanding the respective data requirements for each aircraft domain
  • An overview of the threat vectors for each aircraft
  • Examining new innovative methods for separating domains whilst still achieving nose-to-tail connectivity

Dr. Jassim Haji

Ex-Director – Information Technology
Gulf Air

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Using FDM/FOQA data to improve operational efficiency and safety and reduce maintenance costs

Muhammad Shaad Sheikh, Project Manager – Flight Operations Performance,Air Arabia
  • Strategies for monitoring the health of aircrafts without using ACARS
  • How can FDM/FOQA data be used to reduce maintenance costs?
  • Best practice techniques to analyse FOQA data and avoid data gaps and inconsistencies

Muhammad Shaad Sheikh

Project Manager – Flight Operations Performance
Air Arabia

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm The future of air-to-ground aircraft data link messaging

  • How are legacy communication systems being adapted to cope with the rise in air-to-ground data transfer
  • An overview of the multi-link ACARS landscape and its effect on data transfer speeds
  • Understand how the ACARS network is evolving with the digital age
  • How is ACARS evolving to leverage new IP protocols and new cockpit avionics applications
  • Understanding the business and safety case for replacing ACARS messages with data sets
  • How is WAN technology improving and will it one day replace ACARS connectivity altogether?


Darren L’Heureux

Sr. Director, Connected Aircraft Solutions
Honeywell Aerospace


Muhammad Shaad Sheikh

Project Manager – Flight Operations Performance
Air Arabia

Alia Al Qalam

Manager Development Engineering – Avionics
Oman Air


Pierre Yves-Benain

Portfolio Head, e-Aircraft

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Networking lunch

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm Close of conference

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.