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Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference - AMERICAS

19th and 20th March 2013, Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel
Miami, FL, USA

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08.00 - 08.55
08.55 - 09.00
09.00 - 09.30
Airline Case Study: American Airlines discuss the adaption of mobile devices along with cloud computing technologies to drive down aviation maintenance IT costs and increase technician efficiency.
David Hopkins, Managing Director M&E ITS, American Airlines
Dinakara Nagalla, President, EmpowerMX
09.30 - 10.00
Keynote Presentation: Fifteen in one major Software Implementations are considered failures or not having met plan.
How do you make yours a 1, not a 15? 
Geoff Zuber, General Manager
Walter Tran, Consulting Services Manager, Holocentric
10.00 - 10.30
Keynore Presentation: M&E and Tech Doc Myth Buster:  The importance of aligning a digital content management system with your M&E Software Solution - the myths and benefits are analysed. 
Thanos Kaponeridis, CEO & President AeroSoft Systems
10.30 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.30
Round Table discussion: The need for international standards for Job Cards.
Key executives from an MRO provider, CMS Vendor, Airline & MRO Software Vendor discuss the
key issues of this increasingly important problem. Discussion includes:
  • The problems caused by a lack of international standards.
  • What the participants want from an international standard for job cards, and how to achieve that standard.
  • Can there be industry-wide acceptance of an international standard.
  • The savings and benefits that a standard would achieve.
Panel Chairman: Charles Williams, Editor / Publisher, Aircraft Commerce
Tim Larson, Chief Product Owner - S1000D & Engineering Solutions, InfoTrust Group
Serdar Yorgancigil, Director, IT, AAR Corp
Praveen PN, Consultant Aviation Solutions, Ramco Systems
Mark Moffitt, Manager - Maintenance Programs, Atlas A
11.30 - 12.30*



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Operations IT Workshop 1: An EFB Masterclass
Topics covered include:
  • The Tablet Class I EFB: Is it the Answer?
  • Selecting a level of capability for your airline.
  • Connectivity: The driver in an EFB solution.
  • Scalability: Open architecture with pathways to Class II/III certified systems.
  • CNS/ATM: Can the Class III certified EFB enable NextGen and SESAR capability.
Workshop hosted by: Bud Sittig, President, Flight Guidance LLC
James R. Becker , Partner, Flight Guidance LLC
12.30 - 14.00
14.00 - 15.00
Main Conference Hall:
General Workshop: An iPad/Tablet Strategy Masterclass
The latest generation tablet devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in aviation, but not many devices have made their way out of the flight deck yet. The sexiness and desirability of iPads and other tablet devices are compelling but some airlines and MROs are still struggling to finalise their business cases. This is the definitive all NEW master class for anyone wishing to put together a plausible business case to deploy iPads and other mobile devices to engineers, ground crew, cabin crew and flight crew.
Topics covered include:
  • Hardware selection
  • iOS, Android, Windows 8 or something else?
  • Software selection - example use cases
  • Deployment & Security
  • Achieving your Return on Investment
  • Practical tips for roll out
  • What next? - extending your original business case.
Session hosted by: Paul Saunders,Operations Director, Conuce Software
15.00 - 16.00
16.00 - 17.00
Round Table Discussion: Technical records in the cloud - could this be a reality?
A CMS Vendor, M&E Software Vendor and an Airline discuss the key issues surrounding this potential game-changing technology. Discussion includes:
  • Security and risks
  • Regulatory approval
  • Industry acceptance
  • The benefits
Panel Chairman: Sharhabeel Lone, Global Consulting Partner, SAKS Consulting
Steve Bogie, Director Operations IT Systems, Air Canada
Chris Reed, Managing Director, TRAX
Israel Revivo, President/CEO, IDMR Solutions
Rick Greathouse, Aerospace Principal Business Development, AirVault
16.00 - 17.00*
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Operations IT Workshop 2: United Airlines’ Journey to Optimize Fuel and Operational Efficiency
  • Background: landscape and challenges
  • Selection: selecting a best-in-class fuel management solution
  • Implementation: meeting needs and managing expectations from both sides
  • Future: improved data, enhanced functionality, and best practices
Workshops Hosted by:
Marc Brodbeck, Senior Manager OPS Efficiency, United Airlines
Roger La Barrie, Senior Consultant, OSyS
17.00 - 18.00
Airline Case Study: RFID for Inventory Management - Delta Air Lines explain the challenges of find a suitable RFID system for a large airline and then integrating legacy inventory with new RFID tagged (by OEM) items into one system.
Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Delta Air Lines


08.00 - 08.55
08.55 - 09.00
09.00 - 10.00
Round Table Discussion: The complexities and challenges facing an airline with IT system integration. Getting clear interfaces between your core M&E and CMS Systems and your Flight Operations systems, Aircraft Health & Engine Health Monitoring systems, Aircraft Fault Reporting and Line Maintenance Systems, and other systems.
The viewpoints of an M&E/MRO Software Vendor, A point solution provider, an Airline.
Panel Chairman: Sharhabeel Lone, Global Consulting Partner, SAKS Consulting
Jon Barker, MX Programs & Planning Manager, Air Wisconsin
Michael Joyce, Maintenance Systems and Application Development Manager, Pinnacle Airlines
Mike Egan, Consultant, Mxi Technologies
Dinakara Nagalla, President, EmpowerMX
Alex Keane, Executive Vice President Operations, Armac Systems
10.00 - 10.30
Keynote Presentation: How to streamline and improve inventory management using software and enhance spares / inventory purchasing management
Micheal Armstrong, CEO, Armac Systems
10.30 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.30
Round Table Discussion: Everything you wanted to know about Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) but were afraid to ask!
Panelists include Allied Pilots Assocation (APA), THALES, Ultramain.
A lively discussion will be held between our panel and the audience, and no question or topic is off the table..., all your questions will be answered.
Topics will include: Hardware, Software Selection, iPad for all phases of flight, Project
Management, Regulatory Approval, Selecting the correct solution for your airline and best practice for a succesful project.
Capt. Hank Putek Jr., Allied Pilots Association (APA)
Sean P. Reilly, Director of Strategic Marketing, THALES
Larry Lenamon, Manager of Operational Experience, Ultramain
11.30 - 12.30*
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Best Practice in Program and Project Management of M&E / MRO Software.
Topics covered include:
  • Selecting MRO Solutions
  • Contract Negotiation, Program & Project Management
  • Technical Issues: Data Cleansing & Infrastructure Support.
Workshop Hosted by: Paul Priddle, Associate Partner, SAKS Consulting
12.30 - 14.00
14.00 - 14.30
OEM Case Study: Boeing outline the launch of their OnBoard Performance Tool Solution (OPT) for iPad which links seamlessly with digital flight deck
William (Bill) Vlases: Manager, EFB Solutions, Information Services, Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), Boeing Commercial Airplanes
14.00 - 15.00*
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A Business Analytics for the Airline MRO Industry Masterclass.
Not all MRO processes are created equal. Operators and maintainers looking to improve their business and asset performance have identified the critical processes within their organizations that unlock the greatest value. Fundamental to achieving enhancements across these high-yield processes is the capture of accurate, timely, and granular data that can be shared across the entire organization. Business Analytics, combined with this data, provides the necessary means to drive informed decision-making — both strategic and tactical — and continuous improvement.
In addition to identifying the high-yield processes for aviation maintenance organizations, this workshop will look at the latest business intelligence technologies and techniques and their application in aviation MRO to deliver significant improvements to top-line and bottom-line KPIs.
Topics to be covered include:
  • Designing the data for accessibility
  • Capture of real-time data to drive real-time analytics
  • Collection and dissemination of maintenance data, organization-wide
  • Integration of Maintenance, Inventory and Procurement data for better insights into the MRO processes and cost components
  • A Framework to implement MRO Analytics – for integrated actionable intelligence
  • Visualization of rich-context data
Workshop Hosted by: Kaustav Chand, Senior Consultant - Business Intelligence & Analytics Practice, Hexaware Technologies 
Jacob Baiju, Project Manager, Hexaware Technologies
Mike Egan, Consultant, Mxi Technologies
14.30 - 15.00
Airline Case Study: The story of Thomas Cook Airlines Implementing ETL and electronic fault defect reporting, diagnosis and correction systems. The projects chanllenges and operational benefits are discussed.
Paul Saunders, Operations Director, Conduce Software
15.00 - 16.00
16.00 - 16.30
Keynote Presentation: Modern workflows to distribute Flight Operations Manuals via EFBs / iPads. The increases in efficiency are revealed and analysed
Torsten Machert, Managing Director, EasyBrowse GmbH
16.30 - 17.00
Keynote Presentation: Airport GateLink. How GateLink technology can assist airlines to download key data from Next Generation aircraft during aircraft turnarounds and layovers.
Mario Sabourin, Senior Product Manager EFB, SITA

* Please note that Workshops run simultaneously with the presentations in the Main Conference Hall.