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ISSUE November 2017

What are Luciad’s core solutions and application areas?

Marc Melviez - We have a traditional background in intelligence, defence and aviation with NATO and EUROCONTROL amongst our earliest clients. These areas still form the core of our business, but recently we’ve been seeing increased demands from other industries, such as business intelligence, telecoms, banking, logistics, transportation and utilities. We’ve found that these sectors are making the transition from macro-level geospatial analysis to the micro-level analysis of highly granular spatial information and big data, such as the movement of people through buildings and rental bikes through cities. The problems defence turned to geospatial technology to solve twenty years ago are now the problems commercial organisations are encountering, so there are a lot of things we have learnt from the defence world that we can today apply to new domains.

Can you tell us more about Luciad’s work in Air Traffic Management?

Marc Melviez - Luciad’s work in air traffic management has been extensive, and we have worked with companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, Lockheed Martin and Lufthansa Systems and aviation authorities to produce flight planning and management solutions.

We provided the geospatial component for the Collaborative Airspace Provision Service (CAPS) with Airbus in 2014 to help manage the 30k flights which pass through Europe airspaces every day. This system won “Best in Class” in the SESAR SWIM Master Class awards in 2014, which is something we are very proud of.

More recently, we worked with the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (MCAA) and Avitech to create a graphical SWIM compliant digital NOTAM (A Notice to Airmen) for managing complex, overlapping, airspaces. The application was featured in the 2016 SWIM Global demo and received an extremely positive reaction.

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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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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 Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

ICAO announced today that its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP), a key component of global aviation’s safety assurance and planning backbone, has achieved the latest ISO 9001:2015 certification standard.

The scope of the recertification will help to further refine the collection, processing and sharing of safety oversight information gathered under the USOAP, the overall conduct and cost-effectiveness of ICAO’s continuous monitoring activities, and the provision of safety oversight training and seminars in aid of various global aviation safety objectives.

“This new ISO achievement is an excellent example of ICAO’s continuing determination to improve the quality and efficiency of the services it provides to our Member States,” remarked ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. “By adhering to the ISO’s certified quality management system, ICAO can best ensure that our monitoring and auditing functions support effective aviation safety oversight worldwide, and that the needs and expectations of all stakeholders are being efficiently addressed.”

Launched in 1999, the ICAO USOAP assesses the safety oversight systems of ICAO Member States on the basis of a continuous monitoring approach. Its overall development, implementation and quality assurance aspects are managed by ICAO’s Monitoring and Oversight (MO) sections, including this latest ISO certification achievement.

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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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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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A330-800 production well underway

As Airbus prepares for the first flight of the A330-900, production of the second member of the A330neo Family, the A330-800, is well underway with the first parts advancing at Airbus sites throughout Europe. These parts include the new increased-span wing now being equipped in Bremen (Germany) and its new composite Sharklets from KAL-ASD*, the fuselage sections in Hamburg (Germany), the new titanium pylons in Toulouse (France) and the center wing box in Nantes (France).

Production of A330-800 will continue towards start of final assembly by the end of 2017 gearing up to first flight in 2018.

Building on the success of the A330-200 with over 600 aircraft in operation, the A330-800 brings new generation economics and comfort in addition to unprecedented range to the 250-seater aircraft market. Together with the larger 300-seater A330-900 they share 99 per cent of commonality, having the same airframe, engines and cross crew commonality giving operators a great flexibility to use both aircraft in their networks. All A330s are built on the same production line so orders can be fulfilled in full flexibility according to market demands.

Airlines will benefit from 14% less fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330, reduced maintenance costs and A330’s market-leading 99.5% operational reliability. Passengers will enjoy the award-winning all new Airspace cabin inspired by the A350 XWB. On top of latest generation In-flight entertainment and connectivity, passengers can look forward to new welcoming entrance area, spacious overhead bins, mood lighting and exceptionally quiet flight.

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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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CAE launches CAE Master Pilot Training Program, further elevating the business pilot training experience

CAE announced today at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association - Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the launch of its CAE Master Pilot Training Program, a badge of honor dedicated to further elevate the experience of business aviation pilots throughout their career.

The CAE Master Pilot program has been designed as the exemplary career advancement tool-raising pilot levels of platform knowledge, safety awareness and situational response capabilities. In addition to preparing the pilots for the broadest range of challenging situations, the core and elective courses will prepare them to advance more confidently on their career path. The CAE Master Pilot insignia showcases pilots' undisputed commitment to excellence.

"We are proud to introduce the CAE Master Pilot Training Program," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "As the training partner of more than 300 airlines and business aircraft operators all over the world, we train 120,000 pilots and crew members every year. We know what distinguishes good pilots and great pilots. This new program, with its tailored training curriculum using cutting-edge flight simulation, will allow pilots to elevate their status and training to the highest levels for inflight safety. It reflects CAE's commitment to support their achievement of excellence by delivering the most outstanding customer experience of the business aviation training industry".

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CAE signs 15-year Airbus A350 pilot training agreement with Iberia Airlines

CAE announced today at the 2017 European Aviation Training Symposium (EATS) the signature of an exclusive long-term A350 pilot training contract with Iberia Airlines, one of the world's distinguished legacy carriers. Under the agreement, Iberia pilots will receive Airbus A350 training at CAE's training centre in Madrid starting in the second half of 2018.

CAE has been Iberia's training partner of choice for more than 50 years, beginning with the sale of the airline's very first full-flight simulator. Iberia's pilots and cabin crew have been training on Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft platforms at CAE's training centre in Madrid since 2004.

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SITA CEO Rallies Airlines and Airports in Community Fight against Cyber Threats

The air transport industry has cybersecurity as a top priority with 95% of airlines and 96% of airports investing resources into major cybersecurity programs or pilots over the next three years. Yet research released today from global IT provider SITA shows there is still room for improvement with only one third of boards at airlines, and a fifth at airports, having fully integrated cybersecurity into their business plans.

Speaking today at a gathering of European air transport industry leaders, Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA, highlighted that while cybersecurity is the number one priority for almost all airlines and airports, it demands more attention and must be higher on industry board agendas.

Dalibard said: “Recent global cyber attacks demonstrate the risks and the need for a proactive approach. The air transport industry is highly connected and reliant on partners. We must work as a community to fight the global threat to cybersecurity. While we are pleased to see a 46% increase in the number of airlines prepared to deal with major cyber threats over the past year, there is still more to be done. The industry should move from dealing with common cyber threats to being prepared for major ones. As the technology provider owned by industry members, SITA is committed to invest in, and lead, the community effort to maximize cybersecurity. Together we can ramp up the industry’s defenses and ensure we remain one step ahead of any threat.”

SITA has conducted in depth research into the level of cybersecurity maturity at airlines and airports in the fight against this global threat. The results show that there are very high levels of security awareness among staff at airlines (82%) and airports (85%). This year, beyond cybersecurity protection, the industry is focusing on threat detection and response management. Already CIOs at 69% of airlines and 47% of airports are implementing security events and correlation monitoring, while security incident response management is being put in place at 77% of airlines and 60% airports.

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IATA awards platinum to Lufthansa

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has now presented Lufthansa with the "Fast Travel Platinum Award" for its mobile self-service solutions.

With the "Fast Travel Program", IATA pursues the goal of making passengers' journeys more enjoyable. In particular, the trip is to be made easier for the guest and waiting times are to be reduced. The program includes check-in, baggage check-in, document check, flight transfers, self-boarding and baggage claim. The "Fast Travel Platinum Award" honors airlines that offer at least 80 percent of mobile self-services to their customers in these areas.

Lufthansa has always been a pioneer in the field of digital services for its passengers. For example, the mobile boarding pass, the "Home Printed Bag Tag" (a baggage tag that can be printed at home), the "Smart Tag" (a "electronic baggage tag") or the real-time notification of flight-related changes save time and provide comfort when travelling by air.

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