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ISSUE October 2017

Honeywell Connected Aircraft: Fly Limitless, Fly Connected, Like Never Before

Aviation Technology Exclusive: By Kristin Slyker, Vice President and General Manager, Connected Aircraft, Honeywell Aerospace

The connected aircraft market is growing at an unprecedented rate, driven largely by increasing passenger demand for seamless in-flight connectivity. From the moment a passenger steps onto an aircraft its connectivity is put to the test. According to recent reports from the Market Research Engine, the connected aircraft market is expected to exceed USD6 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 14.9 percent over the next few years, a clear indication of the importance of reliable, consistent in-flight connectivity.

With an aim to meet these increasing demands, the aviation industry’s reliance on technology has never been higher, and operators and airlines are looking to enhance the passenger travel experience.

The technology itself has also evolved. The connected aircraft provides a comprehensive and agile platform of inter-connected products and services that make flying safer, more efficient and cost effective, in addition to offering passengers advanced connectivity so they can send emails, connect to social media, and download and stream videos in-flight.

Technology is changing the way people communicate on-board, and Honeywell is leading that change by reinventing the concept of aviation, enhancing how airlines operate and how passengers fly. Honeywell’s mechanical and software heritage is unmatched, making the company the best choice for bringing a comprehensive connected aircraft platform to life.

Honeywell solutions enable aircraft operators to achieve their full potential – from cockpit to cabin. Using all-inclusive connected aircraft solutions, pilots and crew are able to analyze and take actions based on real-time information, which allows for better flight management. For instance, Honeywell’s GoDirect Weather Information Service allows pilots to receive live alerts on potentially hazardous weather along their flight path – from pre-flight planning, to in-flight travels and landing, and benefit from live graphical weather updates to determine the most efficient flight path, reduce fuel costs for airlines and get passengers to their destination safely and on time.

From the onset of a journey - Honeywell’s GoDirect Flight Preview app provides a useful, practical and intuitive computer tablet tool that lets pilots know what they can expect during one of the most critical phases of flight by eliminating any surprises, giving pilots a highly accurate preview of the runway and surrounding terrain – long before they begin their approach.

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GCAA Unveils Largest Ever Airspace Restructuring In Middle East

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is delighted to announce that on December 7th, 2017, in a ground-breaking and historic moment, the UAE will implement one of the largest airspace changes the region has ever seen. Specifically the date will signal the completion of the UAE Airspace Restructuring Project (UAE ARP), which will see the Emirates Flight Information Region (FIR) transformed into the world’s first airspace structure to be completely based on Performance Based Navigation (PBN) with a Navigation Specification of RNAV-1(GNSS). This restructuring is the culmination of years of extensive analysis, development and collaboration across the UAE Aviation Community to enable the evolution of one of the most advanced Air Traffic Management Systems in the world. To achieve such results has required extensive cooperation from the GCAA Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, Dubai Air Navigation Services, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Civil Aviation, Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, Fujairah Department of Civil Aviation as well as many more aviation stakeholders.

The UAE ARP was designed to meet multiple objectives all of which have been achieved in line with global best practices. Primarily the airspace change was designed to increase UAE Airspace capacity to meet the forecasted air traffic demand for 2022, as well as increase access to all UAE airports, improve efficiency for both aviation system customers and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and reduce the environmental impact of the increasing traffic through more effective Air Traffic Management operations.

‘Performance Based Navigation’ or PBN is navigation that uses global navigation satellite systems or GNSS and computerised on-board systems. PBN offers considerable advantages to traditional sensor-specific navigation based largely on fixed ground-based beacons guiding aircraft along published routes via waypoints defined by these beacons.

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GCAA Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) today celebrates the UAE Civil Aviation Day, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on October 5th 2014, as part of the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness around the Aviation sector amongst both nationals and non-nationals in UAE.

The day marks the progress and achievements of the aviation sector to date, celebrating the history of aviation in the UAE, as well as looking to the future of the industry. The celebration also highlights the achievements and the joint efforts of numerous different stakeholders in the industry to make it the success story it is today.

From the first commercial flight arriving in the UAE in October 1932 from Pakistan, UAE aviation has flourished and the sector now employs almost 500,000 people (both directly and indirectly) and contributes approximately AED169bn (US$46bn) equivalent to 15% of the GDP of the country.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: “Aviation is a major contributor to the UAE’s economic prosperity. We are fortunate to have visionary leaders that recognise the many benefits aviation brings and we continue to invest in infrastructure, innovative products and experiences to maintain our position as a leading aviation hub. At the same time we also play an active role in collaboration with international organisations to shape the future of aviation. I am confident of the prospects for the UAE’s aviation sector, and its continued importance as a pillar for our country’s growth and competitiveness, charting a positive course for future generations.”

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Emirates to receive 100th A380 aircraft in November

Emirates, the world’s largest A380 operator, is set to receive its milestone 100th A380 aircraft on 3rd November.

Over 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined Emirates’ modern fleet. Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Everywhere it operates, the Emirates A380 attracts consumer demand for its industry-leading inflight experience in all cabin classes, and is welcomed by local economies as a contributor to tourism and visitor growth.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it. But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience.

“Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements onboard over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where for instance we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better inflight entertainment systems, amongst many other initiatives.”

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Emirates airline and a consortium of aviation partners to build the world’s first Aviation X-Lab at Area 2071

In the continued effort to achieve the vision of “UAE Centennial Plan 2071”, Emirates airline and a consortium of industry partners are announcing a partnership to build the world’s first sector-wide Experimental (X) Lab to co-create the next era of human transportation at Area 2071.

The Aviation X-Lab is a historic effort to host airlines, manufacturers, ground logistics, regulators, engineers, academics, and startups under a single roof in order to envision a new transportation paradigm and seek solutions that no single organization or program has had the resources to deliver on their own.

Starting this year, the Aviation X-Lab at Area 2071 will host industry summits to co-create industry shaping challenges. It will then solicit applications from internal teams, independent engineering teams, academics, and startups, to help address these challenges by spending a full year working with the senior-most industry executives and regulators to ideate new technologies and business theories, run experiments, and develop prototypes.

Finalist teams from around the world will meet in Dubai each April for an annual event where they will pitch their concepts. Winners of the pitch event will relocate to Dubai the following month along with their corporate and government counterparts to begin a rigorous curriculum co-created with the world’s top academic and innovation institutions.

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Middle East Directors General of Civil Aviation reach significant agreements on aviation safety, security and cooperation

Pointing to the 2.4 million jobs and 157 billion dollars in GDP that aviation has created in the region, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu welcomed the endorsement of the ICAO Middle East (MID) No Country Left Behind (NCLB) Strategy by delegates at the Fourth Meeting of Directors General of Civil Aviation for the ICAO Middle East Region (DGCA-MID/4), which concluded yesterday in Muscat, Oman.

Their endorsement was formalized through their signing of the Muscat Declaration on the NCLB Strategy. The effective implementation of ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) is key to accessing the international civil aviation network and accessing the tremendous socio-economic benefits it offers. This strategy defines approaches to drive the necessary political and financial momentum to achieve ICAO compliance through the satisfaction of regional infrastructure, human resource and regulatory needs. It comes at a crucial conjuncture in the development of air transport in the region and contributes to the significant cooperative momentum on air transport issues that has developed.

On this point, DGCA-MID/4 delegates, representing 17 countries and 6 international and regional organizations, also reached agreement on the establishment of a Middle East Implementation Plan to Support Regional Safety and Air Navigation Initiatives (MIDIP) and an Aviation Security and Facilitation Regional Group (AVSEC/FAL/RG), and they endorsed new regional air navigation projects, including a Flight Procedure Programme (MID FPP). These developments were equally hailed by ICAO’s Secretary General.

“The ICAO Middle East (MID) region has been the fastest growing region for passenger and cargo traffic since 2011, and airlines here have posted double-digit passenger flight growth every year since 2012. In 2016, these carriers recorded 11.2% growth in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), the highest among all ICAO regions,” Dr. Liu remarked in her address to the meeting. “These types of results underscore the importance of the strong and active commitment which the States of this region have established to work together through ICAO, and especially with respect to the priorities for assistance and capacity-building established under our No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative.”

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ICAO and ENAC to collaborate on new Safety Management Degree

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu and the Director of France’s École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), Mr. Marc Houalla, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today covering the development and delivery of new educational programmes and training activities within the framework of the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Programme.

The first outcome of the new partnership will be a Master’s Programme in Aviation Safety Management, which is expected to launch in 2018. Its objective will be to provide future Safety Management System (SMS) managers with the fundamentals needed to systematically monitor and improve aviation safety, based primarily on ICAO Annex 19 and related SMS provisions.

“This new Master’s Programme will be an important addition to ICAO’s expanding portfolio of training offerings,” highlighted Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. “We are very committed to strengthening our collaboration with Members of our TRAINAIR PLUS Programme, and to raising awareness on the latest safety provisions for both current and next generation aviation professionals.”

ENAC Director Houalla reinforced this sentiment, adding that “ENAC being an Aviation University, working under the auspices of the French Civil Aviation Directorate, one of our missions is to improve air transport safety worldwide. That is why we are very proud, through this training agreement, to work hand in hand with ICAO to fulfil this task. This partnership will definitely help to develop safety dedicated aviation professionals worldwide as part of the NGAP programme in which ENAC is deeply involved.”

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Honeywell Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Data Control And Consulting Service To Boost Connected Aircraft Offerings

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has unveiled new Connected Aircraft software updates for its GoDirect™ Cabin Connectivity suite of services, giving operators and ground crew better visibility into data use through real-time updates, sophisticated data traffic management tools, consultation services and additional billing options. Services offered via GoDirect Access, GoDirect Filter, GoDirect Data Control and GoDirect Network can generate savings of up to $100,000 per year, per aircraft.

With Honeywell’s GoDirect Cabin Connectivity, business jet owners and operators can access a variety of services to easily manage and control their satellite communications and connectivity network from an online portal or mobile device. Honeywell is the first to offer business jet passengers specific control of data flow and credit card and voucher billing for each personal device through its expanded GoDirect Cabin Connectivity suite of services. In addition, GoDirect Portal’s new flight tracking feature can be synced with the GoDirect Network application to let operators and fleet managers maintain control of their connectivity services with real-time updates of the aircraft location, network health and data consumption.

“Passengers are increasingly demanding that they stay connected throughout their flight, but reliable, premium and affordable service has traditionally been hard to come by. We’re focused on helping business jet operators keep their passengers connected while also making it easy and cost-effective for them,” said John Peterson, senior director, Connectivity Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “With the suite of services and mobile applications included in GoDirect Cabin Connectivity, operators can easily access and troubleshoot a business jet’s connectivity network, monitor data use and manage costs.”

Operators can access GoDirect Cabin Connectivity apps and services through Apple’s App Store, making implementation of the services quick and easy.

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Middle East carriers’ fleet size to more than double by 2036

The fleet size of operators in the Middle East is forecast to more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by 2036, for replacement of 520 older generation aircraft, and 2,070 aircraft for growth, 730 are expected to remain in service over the period. This demand includes 1,080 for twin-aisle aircraft, with the same number of single-aisle aircraft (1,080), and 430 very large aircraft.

Overall, future demand for the Middle East’s fleet is valued at US$600 billion from a total market value US$5.3 trillion. The current orders from Middle East-based carriers stand at 1,319 aircraft, of which 687 are single-aisle, 409 twin-aisle and 162 very large aircraft.

Passenger traffic to from and within the Middle East will grow 5.9% annually until 2036, well above the global average of 4.4%. While traffic between traditional markets will grow at a steady rate, the highest growth is expected to be on routes to Latin America (8.5% per year to 2036). Global freight traffic will see an annual 3.8% increase to 2036. Freight traffic growth from the region is expected to be highest between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, with 4.0% annual growth to 2036.

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First A330neo becomes airborne for its maiden flight

The first A330neo took off this morning at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 09.57 hrs local time, for its maiden flight taking place over south-western France. The aircraft, MSN1795, is a A330-900 and the first of three certification flight-test aircraft to fly, powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprise: Experimental Test Pilots Thierry BOURGES, Thomas WILHELM and Test-Flight Engineer Alain POURCHET. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and performance in real-time at the flight-test-engineer’s (FTE) station are Jean-Philippe COTTET, Emiliano REQUENA ESTEBAN and Gert WUNDERLICH.

The A330neo’s certification development programme itself will last around 1,400 flight-test hours. This will comprise 1,100 flight hours for the A330-900 campaign – to achieve its respective EASA and FAA Type Certification around the middle of 2018; plus 300 flight hours for A330-800 version – which will be certified in 2019. Overall, the full A330neo Family flight-test campaign will be performed by three certification flight-test aircraft, plus the first production aircraft (the latter to validate the Airspace cabin prior to EIS).

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SITA technology to drive expansion at Ghana’s new International terminal

SITA (www.SITA.aero) is providing its world-class passenger and baggage processing technology as well as its airport management solutions to Ghana’s new Terminal 3 at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, helping cement the airport’s position as a vital regional hub.

Ghana’s largest airport is expanding its capacity to meet significant growth in international passenger traffic, increasing the airport’s capacity to five-million passengers a year. The country’s aviation industry has witnessed significant growth over the past decade due to the discovery of petroleum and gas reserves, sustained domestic demand and the growth of the tourism sector.

SITA, the global air transport IT provider, has worked closely with both MAPA, the construction company building the new terminal, and Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), the airport operator, to ensure that the new terminal has the most up-to-date technology to support the country’s modern airport infrastructure.

SITA already provides technology for Terminals 1 and 2 at Kotoka International Airport and will ensure that its world-class technology is fully integrated with the existing terminals from day one. This will deliver smooth passenger and baggage processing, and efficient operations across the entire airport.

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Lufthansa Technik and Undagrid launch global GSE 4.0 project

After two years of worldwide research and an extensive tendering process, Lufthansa Technik and Undagrid announce their IoT strategic partnership for smart asset management. Every asset Lufthansa Technik owns or uses, can now be connected using Undagrid’s technology. It gives Lufthansa Technik real-time insights into its assets, allowing it to localize and allocate equipment anywhere on its premises. The two companies are very pleased to release this new, strategic partnership as part of its effort to expand the use of this technology in the aviation industry across the globe.

Under the banner of ‘Industry 4.0’, Lufthansa Technik has recently turned toward digitization of its ground support equipment (GSE) to boost long-term competitiveness. Following its successful rollout of Paperless Maintenance, the company’s ‘GSE 4.0’ project focuses on increasing transparency in the requirements, usage, and availability of GSE. Establishing new processes for predicting and allocating materials will increase aircraft availability. From equipment and tools to service staff and coordinators: all will be networked together within GSE 4.0.

Networked GSE saves time and money and speeds up the information exchange within Lufthansa Technik. The quality of work processes improvesthrough standardization, simplification, and predictive information makes them less susceptible to errors. Additionally, by making asset information such as maintenance history, work orders and certification dates more transparent, Lufthansa Technik expects to simplify its compliance processes.

Undagrid offers comprehensive sensor and platform technologies that provide all the valuable insights Lufthansa Technik requires. The Undagrid sensors, communicating via an autonomous network, identify, locate and manage objects of all kinds. It allows tools and materials to be localized immediately, continuously monitoring their current conditions, and determining and predicting usage patterns. Undagrid’s mobile web application informs the service staff of pending tasks and allocates all assets, everywhere, at any time. Plus, the ATEX-certified sensors can be used in hazardous environments, like during aircraft maintenance operations and engineering.

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SITAONAIR gives Emirates customers personalized IFC experience

SITAONAIR has been enlisted by Emirates to deliver personalized inflight connectivity for the airline’s customers through SITAONAIR’s onboard Wi-Fi hub, Internet ONAIR – digitally harmonizing the IFC experience across over 200 aircraft. The SITAONAIR-Emirates project was crowned Best Personalization Innovation of the year at the 2017 APEX Awards on Monday 25 September.

SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR for Emirates – which delivers seamless inflight passenger connectivity – has been harmonized with Emirates Skywards, the airline’s award-winning loyalty program to offer special benefits to members. This integrated enhancement marks a first step by Emirates to personalize passengers’ connected onboard experience.

In addition to the complimentary 20mb of data for all customers, Emirates Skywards’ members are now offered a tailored onboard Wi-Fi package to use Emirates’ Internet ONAIR portal, based on their membership tiers and class of travel. This new functionality gives Emirates a new means of engaging with its highly-valued regular customers, to thank them for their loyalty. The enhanced Internet ONAIR portal has also been fully customized to ease Wi-Fi access from any connected device.

Furthermore, SITAONAIR’s ‘open platforms’ approach – launched by its hot topic white paper at last year’s APEX EXPO – has achieved a consistent user experience across the various satellite connections and pre-existing onboard technologies present across the Emirates fleet – unconstrained by hardware suppliers’ refresh cycles.

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