The conference agenda is currently being finalised. Check back soon for the full agenda.  Speakers include: Virgin Atlantic Airways, Finnair, Alitalia, Lufthansa CityLine, Lufthansa Cargo, airBaltic, Air France, Royal Aeronautical Society, Wheeltug, ETS Verification, AVION EXPRESS, Air BP, and more...

Pre-Conference Aviation Cyber Security Training Workshop*

Monday, 26th November 2018

* Please note that there is an additional fee of EURO € 250.00 to attend this Training Workshop.

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14:00 - 17:30

Pre-conference Digital Aviation 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



Tuesday, 27th November 2018

08.00 - 08.55



08.55 - 09.00

Chairman's opening remarks


09.00 - 09:30

Regulators Keynote: A 'Digital Backbone' to underpin the European-wide systems and technology developments supporting a Single European Sky (SES)

The A6 Alliance of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and Eurocontrol have announced plans for a 'digital backbone' to support SES via the sharing of all key data. The presentation outlines the plans for a safe and cyber secure digitalisation of European ATM and how this process will support improved operational performance for airlines. 

Jonathan Astill, Director, Airline & International Affairs, NATS

09.30 - 10.00

Airline Case Study: Virgin Atlantic Airways - EFB Project and Future Developments

In this case study, Virgin Atlantic Airways outlines its extensive EFB project including how it maintains and updates all key documents, manuals, data, charts and Apps on all EFB devices for each specific flight and how pilots can use a single-sync solution to ensure they have all the information they need prior to take-off. The case study also covers what's next for the Virgin Atlantic EFB project.

Daniel Perrins, EFB Officer, Virgin Atlantic Airways

10.00 - 10.30

Airline Case Study: Norwegian - Saving Emmisions and Fuel through Advanced Weather Data

This case study outlines the results of a successful test project, using advanced wind and temperature data from Avtech Sweden AB, A report by the Swedish Energy Agency, which partly financed the project, shows that fuel consumption was reduced by 22 kilos per flight during the test project, resulting in a saving of 5,000 tons of fuel a year and reduction in CO2 emissions by 16,000 tons.

The new technology, called Aventus Air weather service, provides pilots with highly accurate wind and temperature information in accordance with their flight plan through ACARS. Norwegian has reduced their emissions by more than 30% since 2008 and aims to continue to reduce emissions per passenger with fuel-efficient aircraft and with innovative technology. This Avtech project demonstrates that fuel consumption can be further reduced by using advanced weather data. Norwegian was recently named the most fuel-efficient transatlantic airline by the International Council on Clean Transportation, whose analysis shows that the carrier has a fuel consumption of 44 passenger kilometres per litre, which is 33% more efficient than the industry average.

Stig Patey, Captain B737 / Manager Fuel Saving, Norwegian

10.30 - 11.15


11.15 - 11.45

Airline Case Study: Finnair - A350 EFB Flight Profile Optimization Project for the most Efficient Speeds and Altitudes in all flight phases


In this case study, Finnair outlines its A350 flight profile optimization project including selecting and the challenges of implementing the chosen solution - Pacelab FPO. As you will see will see the solution leverages the availability of real-time information and advances in onboard technology. It uses live aircraft and weather data to advise flight crews on the most cost-efficient speeds and altitudes for the remaining trip, in real-time. This enables Finnair flight crew to respond quickly and effectively unforeseen changes along the route.

Henri Lonn, Development & Support Manager, Finnair
Tom Hakala, Technical Pilot, Finnair

11.45 - 12.15

Airline Case Study: airBaltic. EFB - The Never Ending Story   

airBaltic shares its 5 year EFB journey and looks to the future. During that 5 years, airBaltic’s EFB program has constantly evolved in line with ever changing factors: solutions available on the market, changing company policies and operational needs. Sometimes EFB project’s path is as far from GCD as possible, sometimes it may seem it is going in circles.   This is the story of embracing constant changes, achieving set goals and staying sane in the process. 

Andrejs Cupecs, EFB Specialist, airBaltic


12.15 - 12.45

Airline Case Study: Upgrading to Next Generation Flightdeck Weather Awareness - Avoid the Avoidable and stay a step ahead

This case study follows Air France's journey of upgrading to next generation Flightdeck Weather Awareness to show inflight live-weather updates direct to pilot's EFB devices using SITAONAIR eWAS. You will learn how Air France have improved weather awareness and optimized weather briefings; Improved discretionary fuel uplifts; optimized routing decisions using the latest enroute weather data and more... 

Matthieu Durand-Gobert, Flight Operations Support Manager, Air France
Toby Tucker, Portfolio Director, Cockpit & Cabin Crew Apps, SITAONAIR

12.45 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.30

Airline Case Study: AVION EXPRESS - The path to the Paperless Cockpit

In this presentation AVION EXPRESS outline it's iOS based EFB project, looking at the sophisticated software platform covering a full suite of operational planning and calculation modules used by flight crew throughout all phases of flight. The project highlights, experiences, process steps and operational gains are discussed.

Olegs Krisovatijs, Vice President Production, AVION EXPRESS
Jens Pisarski, COO, International Flight Support

14.30 - 15.00

Airline Case Study: Lufthansa CityLine - How to make documentation ready for the future. From author to crew in two steps

In this case study Lufthansa Cityline shares their experience with a two-step introduction of a flight-operations content management that feeds both the existing EFB solution as well as the newly introduced iPads for cabin crew, fast and easy with required information. Lufthansa Cityline will outline the many comprehensive benefits, which improve every aspect of the document creation, distribution and reading especially for their cabin crew.

Dominik Weber, Team Leader Flight Operations Support, Lufthansa CityLine
Sebastian Witt, Project Manager and Consultant for Flight Operations and MRO Documentation, Lufthansa Industry Solutions


15.00 - 15.30

Real-Time Airline Operations Costing and Open Data Platforms for Operational Control

The role of economic decision-making in today’s OCCs, the challenges and limits of today’s solutions supporting Operations Controllers. Outlook on opportunities and saving potentials airlines will be able to materialize with real-time big data analytics and costing. Magnitude, invest and leverage. The role of open data platforms for maintenance like Skywise (Airbus) and Aviatar (LHT) and its impact and opportunities on Operations Control.

Gesine Varfis, Consultant

15.30 - 16.15



16.15 - 16.45

Optimizing Crew Planning and Scheduling - The lost art of Crewing

Effective Crew Planning and Scheduling is essential for airlines. Recent high-profile cases of airlines cancelling flights because of lack of crew and the need to keep hold of key staff in this era of high turnover and crew shortages has brought this issue to the forefront of the industry. 

Over the years Crew Planning has evolved greatly. Starting with paper rosters where little yellow stickers were placed one over the other every time you made a change, and you knew the name of every pilot, and could call in favours at 3 in the morning... To a world where systems are relied on and have replaced experience.Staff now are recruited from outside the industry and taught how to use the computer. Rostering agreements often seem to be the front line of the war between Crew and Operations, and a Summer in Crew Control is a very challenging environment... So it is important now more than ever to have a system airlines understand, processes that are robust, agreements that are monitored and workable, leaders and mentors to take the inexperienced people by the hand. This presentation outlines best practices to achieve these goals.

Dean Stewart, Lead Consultant - Crew Planning, Aircraft Commerce Consulting

16.45 - 17.15

What's going on with MRO IT? How is it going to affect me in the cockpit?

The digital transformation of the aerospace and airline industry continues to gain momentum. The aircraft data race is on between various OEMs 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 digital market relating to aircraft maintenance and how this new technology can be leveraged by flight operations and the flight crew in the cockpit. 

David Louzado, Airline & MRO Aviation Consulting, ICF

17.15 - 17.45

Industry Survey Results: Perspectives on Pilot Engagement, Learning Styles, and Technological Change.

This presentation outlines Oliver Wyman's extensive 2018 Flight Operations Industry Survey, including pilot engagement in key company policies and how airlines are using a variety of tactics to improve engagement. The survey also explores airlines’ desire to tailor their training programs to individual learning styles. Additionally, the survey addresses potential technology changes on the flight deck, and how the industry expects increasing connectivity and big data to lead to untapped and exciting opportunities for Flight Operations. 

David Stewart, Partner, Oliver Wyman

18.00 - 20.00



Wednesday, 28th November 2018

08.00 - 09.00


09:00 - 09:30

Latest Aircraft & Engine Types: Fuel Burn and Operating Performance Analysis - 737 MAX, 737-800, A320ceo, A320neo, A220-300, LEAP-1A, LEAP-1B

Following the introduction of the A320neo variants almost three years ago, the 737 MAX-8's entry into service is now well under way, with first deliveries more than a year ago and the global fleet slowly growing. This presentation looks at how the 737 MAX-8's fuel burn and operating performance compare to the A320neo's and the other aircraft types these two models are replacing or competing with, including the A320ceo, 737-800 and the A220-300. 

Sander de Moor, Director Airline Operations Efficiency, Aircraft Commerce Consulting

09.30 - 10.00

CORSIA - Act Now. Understand what's coming - ICAO's CORSIA has already started

Starting 01 January 2019, ICAO has declared that all aeroplane operators will be required to monitor CO2 emissions from international flights. To prepare for this an aircraft operator has to submits an Emissions Monitoring Plan (EMP) for consultation and review by the State to which it is attributed. Following submission of the EMP, aircraft operators must start recording emissions from international flights for 2019, according to the approved methods from their EMP.

This presentation explains the intricacies of the CORSIA emissions monitoring plan and demonstrates how emission reporting under CORSIA works. It also covers what the EU has decided on its aviation emissions trading system (ETS) and what implications this has for airlines impacted by both regulations.

Guido Harling, CEO, ETS Verification Ltd.

10.00 - 10.30

Air Traffic Modernization Keynote: IRIS Unlocking SESAR's Capacity, Safety and Efficiency Benefits:

Due to the expected substantial increase of air traffic in Europe, the radio frequencies currently used for ATM communications will be under significant capacity stress in the next 5-10 years. To address this issue, the European Space Agency launched the Iris programme, a Public-Private Partnership to enable the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program to deliver continental satellite communications for air traffic management over Europe. This supports SESAR’s masterplan for next-generation air traffic management.

In this presentation, Inmarsat introduces Iris. Iris is an application that will operate on Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband-Safety platform, which provides secure high-speed broadband communications to the flight deck. The presentation outlines how Iris works as well as highlighting some of the expected benefits to airlines including:  fuel savings (flight profile optimization), increased airspace and airport capacity, and environmental benefits.

Anthony Spouncer, Senior Director Global Operational Support, Inmarsat

10.30 - 11.15



11.15 - 11.45

Airline Case Study: Volotea - Using Big Data and Digital Technology to improve Flight Operations and Fuel Efficiency

In this case study Volotea outlines its use of the latest big data and digital technologies to transform its fuel efficiency program allowing the airline to analyse and identify the most relevant opportunities for fuel savings from all flight data, and improve overall operations. 

Jordi Garcia, Operations Engineering Analyst A319, Volotea

11.45 - 12.15

Airline Case Study: Lufthansa Cargo - Optimizing Statistical Contingency Fuel

In this case study Lufthansa Cargo outlines its use of big data, along with formulas and calculations, to optimize contingency fuel for each flight.

Michael Lingemann, Fuel Efficiency Manager, Lufthansa Cargo
Delyan Savchev, Flight Data Scientist, Honeywell


12.15 - 12.45

Air BP - Low Carbon Soutions

This presentation looks at opportunities for airlines to improve carbon outcomes from the supply and use of fuel. Air BP outline these opprotunities ranging from technical and digital options in fueling, to sustainable aviation fuel - what can be done here and now to mitigate carbon emissions.

Neil McGuiness, Global Offer Development Manager, Air BP

12.45 - 14.00



14.00 - 14.30

Latest Innovations: Taxiing without Engines - From Doors-Closed to Wheels-Up: Cutting the Fat out of Ground Operations 

Current pushback procedures require a lot of moving parts - pushback trucks, wingmen, pins and ports. Human factors ensure that the process is not only time-consuming, but also impossible to accurately predict. Ground ops are the single least reliable part of the flight cycle.

WheelTug will discuss two technologies designed to make ground ops much faster and more reliable: onboard E-Taxi to give the pilot autonomy in reverse, and WheelTug Vision (WTV) to give pilots full situational awareness under, around and behind the aircraft. FAA Certification status, demonstrator, and rollout planning will also be discussed.

Isaiah Cox, CEO, Wheeltug



14.30 - 15.00

Latest Innovations: Using Drone Technology for Line Maintenance

In this presentation you will see how drone technology can reduce the time it takes to carry out an external aircraft inspection by 90%. Using airline case studies you will see how the drone combines its flight control, automation and sensor technologies with innovative 3D visualisation and damage localisation tools and links seamlessly with exisiting MRO systems. 

Paul Crabb, Director, Output42


15.00 - 15.30

Civil Aviation Regulation: What Future After Brexit? The Potential Impact to Airlines

With the current uncertainties surrounding a deal and with the March 2019 deadline fast approaching, Brexit has the potential to greatly impact European aviation. This politically independent presentation discusses some of the options available to the UK and EU institutions to ensure a smooth transition for the airline industry. The potential impact on airlines both in the UK and European zones are outlined and discussed.

Simon Whalley, Head of External Affairs, Royal Aeronautical Society

15.30 - 16.00


16.00 - 16.30

Dynamic Aircraft Connectivity Keynote: The power of an open architecture with dymanic communications

Evolving the KB world to MB as it relates to data for today’s aircraft is crucial to plan for tomorrow’s needs. From engines to aircraft databases, data is becoming critical to the operations of aircraft and therefore so is getting data to and from the aircraft. 

Sean P. Reilly, Vice President Business Development, Avionica


16.30 - 17.00

A Fuel Efficiency Masterclass - Optimizing your Fuel Efficiency Program

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. 

Sander de Moor, Director Airline Operations Efficiency, Aircraft Commerce Consulting