FACE Suppliers are Coming to Europe in 2020!

It is always challenging to drive support for an industry standard. And it is even more challenging to garner support for a standard internationally. This is going to change in 2020. The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium has teamed up with Aerospace TechWeek 2020 in Toulouse, France to create a special FACE Consortium Pavilion area for exhibiting FACE solutions.   

The FACE Consortium team has been proving the FACE standard for over five years, primarily via outreach to US DoD customers via FACE Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), to NATO partners, and BALSA BITS integration events.  These efforts, coupled with over 30 FACE procurements under way, are driving FACE adoption for the world’s most challenging next generation avionics systems.

Next spring will be the first public event in Europe for The Open Group FACE™ Consortium. The event will take place on March 18-19, 2020 in Toulouse, France. Over 20 FACE Consortium member companies are already planning to exhibit.  The inclusion of FACE exhibitors at this event makes this the world’s leading avionics trade show for commercial and military avionics.

Inevitably, we get the question of:  “Wait, FACE is ITAR, right?”  Wrong.  Although the FACE Technical Standard and Business Approach were created under a joint US government-industry standards environment, all FACE standards documents are published on the Open Group website and downloadable by anyone in the world for free with zero restrictions on usage in any type of system. In addition, FACE is a standard-of-standards. The FACE Technical Standard is based upon over 60 open standards, including ARINC 653, POSIX, OpenGL, DDS and more.  And all FACE Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) have been public events and open to anyone in the world, so this is truly an open standard ready to be deployed in global avionics systems.

This is our inaugural event for FACE Technical Standard and Business Approach in Europe.

This unique event expands the FACE standard into NATO countries and strengthens our relationships with our global coalition partners.   For more information on this event, see Aerospace TechWeek 2020.

Thanks!   See you in Toulouse in March 2020!

Chip Downing

Senior Market Development Director, RTI Chair, FACE Outreach Subcommittee