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Podcast: The Connected Aircraft

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on Sep 16, 2016

How long will it takes to hacker to remotely control a civilian aircraft? This is the issue to live in a connected world but not the price I want to take!

on Sep 16, 2016

Obviously everyone wants to be connected to everything, all the time. We are "connected" addicts, even though most of it is pure junk. Lets hope that the Aircraft in NOT connected to anyones network if it has any way of controlling or over riding the aircrafts contols while in flight.

on Sep 16, 2016

The flight control system is not connected to the Internet. But, once they get rid of the pilots it will be.

on Sep 16, 2016

I am not sure where the 1TB comes from. None of the commercial a/c have capacity to store 1TB of data and transmit to ground. The QAR functions on 787 nor A350 even have that storage capacity.

on Sep 16, 2016

None of the engine OEMs have analytics capability to process real-time data and create value out of it. They have hard time just getting post-flight QAR data

on Sep 18, 2016

I have been in the Connected Aircraft business bringing it to reality over the last 15 years. Much has changed in the last 5 years.

The market for analytics that consume the data and the market for automating data collection are both mushrooming, but it is worth noting that most airlines are already harvesting large data volumes from their aircraft. The volumes are not TB per flight but they are collecting the most valuable data in the most cost efficient way. It is all about maintaining the balance of cost of collecting the data and the value it can generate.

It has largely gone unnoticed and is somewhat "under the radar" in the press but there are already over 9,000 aircraft among top airlines connecting securely using cellular technology after landing with each aircraft sending over 100 MB of operations data daily. And the data is not only for FOQA but increasingly for predictive maintenance, big data analytics and other business intelligence. The majority of aircraft leaving Boeing and Airbus production line already have such 3G/4G capability; and this is all aircraft types not just the new models like 787 and A350.

It is not a new phenomenon that airlines are automating data collection from the airplane. What is new is the increasing applications to consume the data and the possibility to get more data, more economically, more quickly even in flight real-time via broadband Satcom links such as Panasonic and others increasingly being installed on more and more aircraft.

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