Agenda of Presentations




Icons explained:

  Flight Operations IT track

  MRO / M&E IT track

  Pre-Conference Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop

The agenda includes keynote presentations, case studies, interactive workshops, and IT Vendor Showcases all delivered by airlines, aircraft operators, OEMs, MROs, Consultants, Regulators and IT Vendors to provide delegates with varied and interesting insights into the key topics in this constantly evolving aviation sector.   

Speakers Include: JAL Engineering, JETSTAR, SpiceJet, Cebu Pacific, SAS Airlines, Citilink, Transavia, Boeing, Airbus, RazorSecure, ICF, Lufthansa Systems, lots more

Pre-Conference Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop*

Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

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14:00 - 17:30

Pre-conference Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop

(Workshop / Showcase room)

  Workshop Title: Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop

This training workshop covers all aspects of cyber security within aviation with a particular focus on operations, connectivity and systems security. Specifically, the threat of cyber attacks on airlines is an issue affecting aircraft their avionics systems, the EFB / ETL ecosystem, connectivity systems, airline IT systems and air traffic control.

During the interactive workshop, you will learn about the latest security threats, initial steps taken to thwart them and updates to regulations. You will hear industry case studies from aviation and beyond. At the end of the session, participants will have a working knowledge of how airlines and aviation companies can prepare themselves to face cyber attacks and learn about industry best practice. Participants will also be aware of how to ensure their companies are compliant according to the latest industry regulations and have the working knowledge to run a risk assessment in their own organization. The workshop closes with a Q&A session and participants are invited to send in their key questions and details of any particular cyber security problems facing their companies ahead of the session - our experts will then ensure you leave with the answers and knowledge needed to meet these challenges.

14:00 - 15:30  Agenda:

  • Cyber 101
    - Common standards, terminology and methodologies

  • The current cyber security threat landscape for Aviation
    - Learn about the most common methods of attack
    - How airlines systems are vulnerable
    - Case studies from aviation and other industries and lessons learned
    - Physical attacks

  • IT vs OT Systems
    - Gaining visibility of your cyber estate
    - Understanding OT risk

  • International Regulation and Legislation
    - An outline of global legislation, including:
       NIS Directive (EU)
       NIST Cyber Security Framework for Critical Infrastructure (US)
       GDPR (EU)
    - What can airlines do to ensure they are compliant

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:30  Agenda:

  • Procurement and supplier requirements
    - Key technical questions to ask suppliers
    - What you should and shouldn't expect 

  • Cyber Risk Assessment
    - How to run a cyber threat assessment at your own company
    - Understand the key questions to ask when conducting a risk assessment
    - Defining the scope of a risk assessment
    - Compensating controls and mitigations

  • Cyber hygiene, response and recovery
    - Making cyber hygiene part of your standard process
    - Creating a clear response plan and recovery strategy

  • Key Questions and Answers
    - Participants are encouraged to send in their key questions prior to the session
    - These are answered along with any additional questions generated during the day

  • Closing Thoughts

Training Workshop hosted by: Alex Cowan, CEO, RazorSecure

All participants will be provided with course materials post-conference.

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Close of Pre-conference Digital Aviation Training Workshop


Wednesday, 24th October 2018 

08:00 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00

Chairman's opening remarks


(Main Conference Room)

09:00 - 09:30
Airline Case Study: JAL Engineering - Harnessing Analytics to Drive Predictive Maintenance
The types and amount of data generated by connected airplanes and operations can be overwhelming. Aircraft maintenance teams are now finding ways to effectively harness this airplane data to drive predictive analytics that can help reduce operational disruptions and enable a more proactive approach to maintenance. This presentation will discuss a collaborative project in work for Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) involving application of analytics to enable a more predictive approach to aircraft maintenance.  By creating predictive models for the JAL fleet using full-flight sensor data, advanced warnings are provided to maintenance crews before aircraft components fail.  This approach will ultimately result in fewer flight disruptions and reduced costs for JAL, by proactively deploying scheduled maintenance tasks for those components, instead of dealing with unscheduled and unplanned maintenance events.

Takashi Takemura, Staff Manager - Engineering Project Office, JAL Engineering Co., Ltd.
Robert Leitch, Principal Data Scientist - Advanced Analytics, The Boeing Company

09:30 - 10:00
Airline Case Study: AirAsia - Line Maintenance Mobility Solutions
In this case study, we hear from a major airline who outlines its use of a next generation App focusing on Line Maintenance.  The App is fully synched with the airlines M&E IT solution and is designed to resolve an aircraft’s defects on landing through recording the completion of the work or the deferral and its troubleshooting. The accompanying dashboard shows a layout display of aircraft soon to land and depart with a countdown timer along with access to the associated defects. The case study reveals the benefits the airline is enjoying from this mobile solution leading to quicker and more reliable aircraft turn-around times.

Tommy Saputo, Connectivity and Engineering Data Management, AirAsia


(Workshop / Showcase room)

9:30 - 10:30
Workshop Session: A Fuel Efficiency Masterclass

This Masterclass session will show you how to build a successful fuel savings program or further enhance an existing program.  The economic impact of fuel efficiency management is huge, since fuel costs typically represent 30% - 40% of the total costs for an airline.  You will be presented with practical examples on how to lower your fuel consumption by several percentage points and substantially improve the profitability.  The topics of the case study include:

  • Why is fuel efficiency management important
  • How to start and organize a fuel efficiency improvement program
  • What fuel saving initiatives can be implemented
  • How to discover savings and manage initiatives
  • Choosing the right software to support a fuel savings program
  • How to ensure you make the most out of your current software solution
  • Questions & answers

Sander de Moor, Director Airline Efficiency, Aircraft Commerce Consulting

10:00 - 10:30
OEM Digital Innovations: Airbus - Advanced Big Data and Data Analytics
In 2017 Airbus launched its new digital open platform Skywise. Since that time, more than 25 airlines and several suppliers as well as Airbus manufacturing and support are using the Skywise for data integration, data transformation as well as advanced data analytics capabilities. This presentation outlines several operational data analytics use cases from airlines based globally and the benefits they are reporting from analysing data on Skywise.

Mathieu Boutinaud, Business Development Manager - Digital, AIRBUS SAS

 10:30 - 11:15



(Main Conference room)


(Workshop / Showcase room)

11:15 - 11:45
Airline Case Study: China Southern Airlines General Aviation Ltd (CSAGA) - Driving the Business with Next-Generation Software
China Southern Airlines General Aviation Ltd (CSAGA)”, a general aviation subsidiary of “China Southern Airlines”, is the China’s second largest flight operator in offshore oil & gas industry. Currently, CSAGA operates 24 aircrafts including Sikorsky and Bell helicopters and holds the certification of CAAC-145 maintenance, CAAC-91&135 operator and CAAC-147 training qualification. CSAGA selected Ramco's Next-Generation M&E System to streamline it's business operations by collating multiple silo systems to one integrated superior system.

As you will see in the case study, the solution has allowed CSAGA to introduce a Central Planning unit for planning and timely execution of maintenance activities across multiple operation bases. It is an integrated solution, with seamless data flow, comprising modules of Maintenance, Supply Chain Management and Human Capital Management ministered stable and frictionless operations complying Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) regulatory procedures. Email based transactions such as Supplier Request for Quotation process and integration with China Southern Group’s financial system eliminated manual intervention and errors.

Yang Kai, IT Project Manager, China Southern Airlines General Aviation Ltd (CSAGA)

11:15 - 11:50
Vendor Showcase: Fuel Efficiency / Management Solutions
Your chance to quickly find out about all the major Fuel Efficiency / Management Software Solutions on the market.  Each Vendor will provide a brief 7 minute showcase of their solutions including: Fuel Efficiency / Management product overview, new customers, latest developments, 2019 outlook.

Vendors presenting include:

1)  SafetyLine
2)  Boeing
3)  Safran
4)  OpenAirlines
5)  Honeywell
6)  Laminaar Aviation InfoTech

11:45 - 12:15
Airline Case Study: Vueling - Automating humans back into aviation - how Robotic Process Automation is used on a daily basis within the CAMO department.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an upcoming technology that allows software robots to mimic actions that human users of M&E/MRO software would normally perform, however is able to perform this faster and without the existence of potential human error. As such RPA has a huge potential in supporting airline Airworthiness Management and Maintenance departments in freeing up their staff to focus on the things that really matter rather than performing dull and repetitive tasks. More than a year ago, EXSYN and Vueling started their collaboration on RPA and since then a software robot has been creating all overnight maintenance work packages for Vueling’s entire fleet of 100+ aircraft. During this keynote presentation the various aspects of Robotic Process Automation will be explained, followed by a methodology on how airlines can start themselves with applying Robotic Process Automation and is rounded off with a look at how RPA has helped Vueling in their day-to-day business.

Sander de Bree, CEO, EXSYN

11:50 - 12:45     
Vendor Showcase: Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) - Part 1
Your chance to quickly find out about all the major EFB Software & Hardware Solutions on the market. Each Vendor will provide a brief 7 minute showcase of their solutions including: EFB product overview, latest developments, 2019 outlook, new customers.

Vendors presenting include:

1)  Flatirons
2)  Honeywell
3)  Web Manuals

4)  Lufthansa Systems
5)  AVIO
6)  Teledyne Controls

12:15 - 12:45
Airline Case Study: SAS Airlines - Analytics and Optimization Tools for Phasing in and out Aircraft Fleets
How to use an analytical approach and state of the art optimization tools to make smarter and more efficient decisions when phasing in and out aircraft fleets. What maintenance should be performed? How should we stagger the phase out of spare parts? How should my leasing return conditions be handled?

Jonatan Kotjerba, AMOS Competenece Center Manager, SAS TechOps
Fredrik Ekstrand, CEO, Cervino Consulting

 12:45 - 14:00



(Main Conference room)


(Workshop / Showcase room)

14:00 - 14:30
Airline Case Study: Thai Airways - How to manage the Sky in the next 15 years?  
In this presentation Thai Airways look at the Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU), an ICAO initiative for harmonising avionics capabilities and the required ATM ground infrastructure as well as automation with a goal of global aviation system interoperability. The presentation covers how Thai are meeting the requirements and the expected benefits to the airline.

Capt. Archpol Suwanprasop, Senior Chief - Flight Operation Policy and Planning

14:00 - 15:30     
Vendor Showcase: Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) - Part 2
Your chance to quickly find out about all the major EFB Software & Hardware Solutions on the market. Each Vendor will provide a brief 7 minute showcase of their solutions including: EFB product overview, latest developments, 2019 outlook, new customers.

Vendors presenting include:

8)  Comply365
9)  Laminaar Aviation InfoTech

10)  FLYHT
11)  Boeing
12)  Viasat
13)  DextraData
14)  Orlando Suite for Tech Pubs

15)  UTC Aerospace
17)  GigSky
18)  Avionics Support Group

14:30 - 15:00
New Technology Keynote: Using Location to Drive your Business - the MRO Digital Twin
In this presentation you will hear how Digital Twin technology, as used in other industries, is now being implemented in an aviation maintenance environment. You will see how maintenance control can instantly view the location of all key assets, such as engineers, tools, aircraft, engines, parts, etc in a visual format and how this knowledge can drive significant improvements throughout your business. You will hear success use cases from other industries including manufacturing, logistics, entertainment etc, where the same technology is used to drive efficiencies during manufacturer, during aftermarket or through analysis.

Dr. Hugh Revie, Sales Director, Ubisense

15:00 - 15:30
Industry Regulations Keynote: Electronic Signature - Obtaining Regulator Acceptance
Electronic records and signatures are no longer an anomaly in the Aviation Industry but the preferred methods of compliance by regulators worldwide. The FAA, EASA, APAC and many more region regulators offer guidance for the use of Electronic Signatures, Electronic Recordkeeping, and Electronic Manuals. Gaining acceptance is generally a process that is controlled by local regions and their interpretation of the guidance.

This regulator guidance is generally not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation; rather, it provides standards and guidance for electronic signatures, electronic recordkeeping, and electronic manual systems. The provided information describes acceptable means for a certificate holder to utilize an electronic signature, electronic recordkeeping, and electronic manual systems. This presentation will provide an analysis of regulator guidance and methods of achieving acceptance by these local regulators. The goal of this presentation is to assist you in planning for a successful electronic signature project.

Mark Schultz, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales, EmpowerMX

15:30 - 16:30



(Main Conference room) 


(Workshop / Showcase room)

16:30 - 17:00
Big Data: Racing to platform maturity
The digital transformation of the aerospace and airline industry continues to gain momentum. The aircraft data race is on between various OEMs, MROs and IT companies to reach critical mass for their respective big data platforms. Suppliers have invested heavily in digital innovation hubs and partnerships and continue to offer the prospect of cost reductions and increased operational efficiencies. ICF will discuss the latest developments in the market, positions of the various players and implications for stakeholders.

Martin Harrison, Global Managing Director - Airlines, Aerospace and MRO, ICF

16:30 - 17:15
Vendor Showcase: Electronic Logbook (ETL/ELB)
Your chance to quickly find out about all the major Electronic Logbook (ETL/ELB) Solutions on the market.  Each Vendor will provide a brief 7 minute showcase of their solutions including: product overview, latest developments, 2019 outlook, new customers.

Vendors presenting include:

1)  EmpowerMX
2)  AVIO
3)  Ultramain

17:00 - 17:30
MRO Innovations: Safran - The Advantages of using Remote Support during Boroscope Inspections
This presentation outlines a new way to connect boroscope inspectors to experts using remote support to help speed up decision making and reduce time on ground. The solution includes a software platform that includes an intelligent checklist and automatic inspection report tool designed for the inspector along with some other innovative features. 

Marcellette Cloche, Business Development, Safran Aircraft Engines




18:00 - 20:00





Thursday, 25th October 2018 

08:00 - 08:55



(Main Conference room)


     (Workshop / Showcase room)

09:00 - 09:30
Airline Case Study: CEBU Pacific- EFB Project
In this case study CEBU Pacific outlines its extensive EFB project including looking at the sophisticated AvioBook software platform covering a full suite of operational planning and calculation modules used by flight crew throughout all phases of flight; connectivity solutions - both in-flight and on-ground; and how they achieved a paperless flight deck.

Francesc Torres, Director - Operational Support, CEBU Pacific

09:00 - 09:30
MRO Workshop Session: M&E / MRO System Health Check

The aviation industry is changing. New aircraft generate and deliver even greater, more complex and informative data streams. Industry regulations, operational costs and technology complexities continue to increase, and companies are constantly being challenged to do more with less. The performance of M&E / MRO systems in supporting these challenges is critical to success for maintainers of aircraft (airlines, operators and MROs).

The workshop focuses on how to optimize the use of M&E / MRO IT systems and covers the following key issues:

  • How are your current M&E / MRO systems and procedures performing, and are they used efficiently and to their full potential? Could additional functionality or modules increase efficiency?
  • Do engineers and maintenance personnel have all the information they need to make timely decisions in order to carry out their work quickly and efficiently?
  • How well is key data captured and is it used and shared seamlessly between disparate business systems and business partners?
  • With new hardware and software technologies coming to market all the time, is your organization ready to benefit from and leverage processes such as: Big Data Analytics and electronic record keeping? Are you ready to eliminate whiteboards, spreadsheets and paper-based processes to manage key aspects of the business or to embrace new generation digital aircraft? Is this new technology even needed to support your operations?

Rob Saunders, Senior Consultant M&E Systems, Aircraft Commerce Consulting

09:30 - 10:00
Connected Aircraft Keynote – The Connected Aircraft Airline Survey; Preliminary Findings
In 2018 Aircraft Commerce partnered with Valour Consultancy to produce a survey and engage with the airline community to record the first independent and unbiased point of view on current and future connected aircraft strategies. This presentation outlines the preliminary findings of the survey covering areas such as: The main benefits of using a connected EFB; types of Maintenance/Health Data to be offloaded using Connectivity; Connectivity Applications of the current and future; and lots more...

There is still time to participate in this survey ahead of the conference - click here to participate

Dan Welch, Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Valour Consultancy

09:30 - 10:30 
MRO/M&E IT Vendor Showcase - Part 1
Your chance to meet with the major end-to-end MRO/M&E and Technical Document Management Vendors on the market. Each Vendor will have the floor for 7 minutes to showcase their: MRO/M&E IT product overview, new customers, latest developments, 2019 outlook, product roadmap.

Vendors presenting include:

1)  Web Manuals
3)  Rusada
4)  Flatirons Solutions
5)  Comply365
6)  Laminaar Aviation InfoTech
7)  Commsoft
9)  ADT Wings

10:00 - 10:30
Airline Case Study: Transavia - Putting Flight Data to work towards Fuel Savings
In this presentation Transavia outlines its efforts to reduce its overall fuel consumption by putting to work the vast amounts of readily available flight data for each aircraft to create tail number specific machine learning performance models. You will learn how these models can be used in combination with accurate 4D weather forecasts to optimize climb profiles for each flight saving 5% to 10% of fuel for each ascent.

Simon Leblanc, Chief Pilot, Transavia France

10:30 - 11:15



     (Main Conference room)


     (Workshop / Showcase room)

11:15 - 11:45
Airline Case Study: Citilink - How its Fuel Efficiency Program benefits operations through a number of different ways
This presentation shares Citilink’s experience on how the airline uses Big Data technology to improve Flight Operations and especially its Fuel Efficiency performance. Citlink also presents some internal actions it has set up to develop its Fuel Efficiency program through the company and how it managed to involve other Citilink departments in the project.

Arief Rachman, Manager Flight Dispatch, Citilink

11:15 - 12:45  
MRO/M&E IT Vendor Showcase - Part 2

Your chance to meet with the major end-to-end MRO/M&E and Technical Document Management Vendors on the market. Each Vendor will have the floor for 7 minutes to showcase their: MRO/M&E IT product overview, new customers, latest developments, 2019 outlook, product roadmap.

Vendors presenting include:

10)  Trax
11)  Ramco

12)  EmpowerMX
13)  Cervino Consulting
14)  Swiss AviationSoftware
15)  AerData
16)  Airbus
17)  EXSYN
18)  Ultramain
19)  Boeing
20)  Seabury Solutions

11:45 - 12:15
Airline Case Study: Japan Airlines - Fuel Saving Project
In this case study Japan Airlines discuss the challenges and measures to improve fuel efficiency, including promotion of EOT and NADP 2. The airline explains how to find new saving potential by using sophisticated post-flight analysis software and discuss how to choose the right fuel efficiency measures and focus on priority issues, such as reduction of excess fuel on board.

Ken Mamba, Captain, Flight Operations, Japan Airlines

12:15 - 12:45
Future Ramp: Digitalize Your Ramp!
All Airlines are moving very fast forward when digitalizing the passenger experience to make their operational processes more efficient and more convenient for the airline customers. You can check in, rebook and receive information about flight change – all directly via your smartphone. But what about airline operations – especially in ground handling, where the Ramp Agent often acts as a “trouble shooter” for many operational processes and workspaces, such as Turnaround Management, Bag Handling and Loading, Passenger Connection Management, Load Control, Cargo Handling, etc.? During the aircraft turnaround the Ramp Agents still face a lot of unnecessary paperwork as well as time-consuming and in-efficient information exchange and communication. Moreover many times the turnaround process still remains a “black box”. How to solve this? The solution is to: Digitalize Your Ramp – by implementing using a Ramp Agent Workspace Solution that supports the Ramp Agent with the needed transparency and workflows.

Michael Muzik, Airline Consultant, Lufthansa Systems

12:45 - 14:00



     (Main Conference room)


     (Workshop / Showcase room)

14:00 - 14:30
Cyber Security On-Board
A look at the risk of cyber attacks to on-board flight deck and cabin systems. Some case study examples are covered along with an outline of industry regulations.

See the pre-conference Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop for a full overview of all cyber attack risks and how airlines can be prepared to meet them.

Alex Cowan, CEO, RazorSecure

14:00 - 15:00
MRO Workshop Session: Part 1: Blockchain in Aviation; Part 2: Best Practice Selection, Implementation & Upgrade of MRO solutions:
In this workshop M&E / MRO software implementation experts SAKS Consulting discuss best practice in how to achieve a successful complex MRO software implementation project and the latest trend in aviation MRO - Blockchain. The main workshop takeaways are:

Part 1: Is Blockchain & MRO Maintenance the Future?

  • What is Blockchain Driven MRO
  • Will implementation of Blockchain driven MRO solutions be the same as current Enterprise Wide solutions.
  • Is this the next disruptive technology that will fast track a vision of seamless, transparent and supportive maintenance

Part 2: Best Practice in Selection, Implementation & Upgrade of MRO Solutions

  • How to start a Programme of Selection, Implementation or Upgrade
  • Key Pitfalls
  • Dealing with Vendors when things go wrong
  • Avoiding critical mistakes
  • How to maintain a focus on ROI
  • Helping your organisation accept change

Workshop hosted by: Sharhabeel Lone, Consulting Partner, SAKS Consulting

14:30 - 15:00
IT Vendor Keynote: Paperless - What are People Doing? Where is it Going?
This presentation looks at the paperless trends within aviation today. What solutions and applications are available on the market and are being utilized worldwide. Ultramain will also examine the expected evolution of paperless solutions within aviation – what types of applications will we be using in the next few years.

John Stone, Vice President Product Management, Ultramain Systems


15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Connectivity Keynote: High-Speed Flight Deck Connectivity and its Applications
The aviation industry wants to be connected: 80% of passengers bring their devices onboard; 70% of airlines will equip their pilots with EFBs; there are mandatory Flight-Tracking requirements, plus lots more. This presentation outlines the different options for high-speed flight deck connectivity available and shows examples of applications that can be used, such as live weather data.

Mahendran Thangavelu, EFB Product Manager, SITAONAIR

16:00 - 16:30

IT Vendor Keynote: Digital Document Management and Safety Audit Integration
See how two vendors have collaborated to seamlessly integrate their web-based tools to facilitate the automated retrieval of manual lists, revisions and compliance links from the document management software into audits performed in the second solution. As a result, users can cross-reference regulatory requirements to their company manuals before and during the audit, as well as generate regulatory compliance lists including the eIOSA conformance report after the audit. Web Manuals and ASQS explain the processes.

Emil Ahlgren, Sales Executive, Web Manuals
Larisa Patrascu, Director Business Development Asia Pacific, ASQS Ltd.