Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Talking next-generation avionics and ATM technology in San Diego
Next-generation avionics and air traffic management technology that will improve fuel consumption, reduce runway incursions on the ground, and save lives in the air highlighted our inaugural Avionics USA conference in San Diego this week.
Next-generation avionics and air traffic management technology that will save money on aircraft fuel consumption, reduce runway incursions on the ground, and save lives in the air highlighted our inaugural Avionics USA conference in San Diego this week.
The show, which concluded on Tuesday, was the first expansion of our Avionics Amsterdam event. It was stressful launching a new event in the middle of economic downturn, but things went smoothly.
The last session held a healthy percentage of the opening session's attendance. That was due more to the nature of the topic -- technologies for reducing runway incursion -- than anything else. Runway incursion and electronic flight bags were the highest regarded portions of our European event, so we made sure we closed with them in San Diego.
However, I've yet to go to a conference where the last session topped the keynote in audience participation. This was year was no different, as Tim Tuttle, ATM program manager at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, kicked off our event with an excellent talk covering next-generation avionics technology and the future of the market from Boeing's perspective.
The down part of the week was that we began our conference the morning of the Air France crash over the Atlantic Ocean.
Rumors were swirling that it was due to an electrical failure on the plane. One commercial airframer said to me Monday morning: "John, it's very disturbing, these things shouldn't happen anymore.”
Maybe it didn't as there are reports on that Air France received bomb threats just before the crash.
Regardless the gentleman was right. It's very disturbing.