A One/Two Punch: The 2 Hottest Topics for LABACE 2017

LABACE 2017 Aerial View

There’s a lot going on in the business aviation industry and LABACE is a great place to learn about the newest innovations in the market. While sales of new and used aircraft remains sluggish, the service side of business aviation continues to be quite strong with innovative technologies continuing to transform the market.

Some topics remain at the forefront of what’s happening (yes, yes connectivity). We are also seeing how new mandates are generating a lot of interest-and questions.

With that, I wanted to share what we see as the two biggest topics at LABACE 2017.

1) Connectivity is king. Study after study shows that travelers are demanding the always – available internet experience they enjoy at home be available in the sky too. And even though inflight Wi-Fi hasn’t been available for very long, the demand for the service is high so much so that many passengers say they are willing to choose an alternative to their preferred airline just to access in flight internet.

The good news is that there are many new connectivity options available that can satisfy not only the demand for access, but also access to high-quality service. From Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX to ViaSat’s mobile broadband via the Ku-band network to Iridium’s NEXT and others, reliable, high speed connectivity is here. The question now becomes – what’s the best choice and how can I work with a service provider to implement it in a cost-effective manner?

2) Mandates are driving ADS-B Out, FANS equipage. Regulatory agencies across the globe, including in the U.S. and Europe, are requiring the use of ADS-B Out in aircraft that are operating in controlled airspace by 2020. And that’s good, because ADS-B Out technology provides some significant benefits: it allows an aircraft to continuously broadcast its GPS position, heading, velocity and other surveillance information to Air Traffic Control (ATC). But, the new mandates are driving business aircraft operators worldwide to get equipped so that they can continue to access increasingly modernized airspace and creating an urgent need to plan for completing ADS-B Out installations by the end of 2019.

In addition to ADS-B Out, the FANS 1/A North Atlantic mandate will reach a significant milestone at the end of 2017, requiring all aircraft operating in the North Atlantic Region between Flight Levels 350 and 390 to be equipped with a FANS controller pilot data link communication (CPDLC) and automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C) technologies. In 2020, the North Atlantic FANS mandate will expand to include all traffic at Flight Level 290, and above, throughout the North Atlantic Region. The trend that “prime” airspace is being reserved for those operators that are well equipped is not being lost on the industry as more operators seek to understand, implement and get trained on these new technologies.

These are some of what we see as hot topics for LABACE 2017, but we’d love to hear what you think. Comment below or if you’re attending LABACE 2017, please visit us at stand #2016. Our team will be on hand, waiting to talk with you.

Read more about author Ben Gambrell.

What do March Madness and flying have in common?

Without a doubt, March Madness more than lived up to its name during the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Did you predict Villanova to sweep the NCAA tournament? The craziness reached new heights during the first round of this year’s tournament as upsets were not only abundant, but incredibly major.

Looking back to 2012, when Kentucky clinched the tournament win and cut down the net, another champion was also introduced. Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion® flight deck entered into service on the Global 5000 in the final days of that tournament. Pro Line Fusion then realized additional cockpit tournament wins in other markets, something not seen by one team in basketball leagues. The Pro Line Fusion flight deck came to play on the Gulfstream 280 in the super-midsize business jet market later that year, followed by another fantastic 2014 league-changing win on the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 business jets. Although each aircraft seeded in a league bracket of its own, the avionics winner was common, Pro Line Fusion across the board.

No, I’m not going to list out the Pro Fusion flight deck technologies available, and give you my play-by-play. Instead, I’m going to skip straight to what I consider to be my picks for the “Final Four” technologies you’ll always want as part of your flight deck:

airport dome#1 Seed- Head- up Guidance System with Synthetic Vision—game changing technology with an airport dome providing you the necessary situational awareness to land at unfamiliar destinations.

#2 Seed- ADS-B Out – Oh yes, December 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. is coming quick. Not equipping is like showing up to the Final Four without a basketball to play the game. No one plays.

#3 Seed- Takeoff and Landing Alerts—a technology that is almost like taking another set of eyes on board to reduce the risk of runway confusion or incursion. Yes, visuals and aural alerts help impede risk. You can’t go wrong with another set of eyes to keep you safe. A second set of eyes…that might come in handy for some of those ref calls.

#4 Seed- Split Format Displays—This is so Sweeeet. Reconfigurable displays let the crew decide what information is needed and when it’s needed. Large moving map, charts, weather, you make the call.

Four quick years have passed and now over 350 Pro Line Fusion tails are flying the organized tracks across the Atlantic and connecting between LAX and JFK meeting the business needs of many operators.

So, whether it is playing a game of basketball or flying an aircraft from LAX to JFK; it is about having the right training and tools to win the game and make your final destination with the right technologies on board.

How did your bracket fare?

Read more about author Bonnie Berg.