Joint Opening Keynote
9am - 10:30am in the Auditorium
Flight Ops IT
The Business Case and Use Case for Flight Ops IT
11:00 - 12:30
A well-established use case motivates airlines to investigate new Flight Ops technologies, while the business case quantifies these benefits and encourages investment. Following the Covid-19 pandemic and additional challenges and pressures on airlines, this session addresses the 'combined business case'; that is, the importance of partnerships between airline departments in addition to third party providers. An IT support team's role in realising potentials is also addressed.
The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) has been in operational use for some time, however implementation and use is closely regulated. The regulatory framework is summarised, and benefits analysed via real use cases. Maximising the use of the EFB requires integration of various data sources, and subsequent training for Flight Crews on effective use of these technologies. As EFBs conitnue to evolve, we explore key considerations here.
When one considers Flight Ops IT, the EFB is a leading factor. Yet there is a wealth of additional benefits on offer other than fuel savings and efficient route planning; process efficiencies and greater operational reliability are recognised here. To define these wider operational drivers, real-time data, weather 'nowcasts', and ground handling / line maintenance efficiences are explored, combined with an appreciation of Flight Ops IT in the overall enhancement of Flight Safety.
An airline's ability to ingest and analyse flight data efficiently, then filter effectively to pilots via a suite of EFB applications is complex but of key importance. Interfacing different applications to communicate and process data is one aspect, while assimilating various data standards, codes and formats from a mixed fleet of aircraft is another. Learn from the experiences of airlines, OEMs and software providers.
Development and progression are vital aspects of technology. Join this session to see what is evolving to benefit flight operations, and what innovations can / will extract additional value for airlines. The capabilities offered by new and emerging aircraft types are discussed, in addition to an exploration of what other industries are doing and how this might inspire aviation's own technological endeavours.
Joint Panel Discussion: Flight Ops IT & MRO IT - Conflict between Flight Ops and Maintenance - able bedfellows!
14:00 - 16:00
How can MRO IT and Flight Ops IT best work together for maximum efficiency and minimise turnaround times? With the advent of paperless aviation, where do TechLogs, EFBs and CabinLogs converge and how can the supply chain best support the airlines to ensure complex decisions are made easier?