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#PaxEx Podcast: Diving into big data as IoT of aviation takes flight


Welcome to Episode 41 of the #PaxEx Podcast. Our guest for this episode is long-time industry consultant Michael Denis. With 29 years of experience in aviation, aerospace, defense, rail, high-tech and software industries, Michael has become a regular commentator on aviation MRO and flight tracking initiatives.

First, GE Aviation has launched a Configuration Data Exchange for the aviation industry, working in partnership with Capgemini, for which Michael is affiliated. This exchange aims to drive asset productivity and maintenance optimization across the aviation ecosystem, which in turn will have knock on benefits for the passenger experience. Michael explains why, as more aircraft data is moved across any channel – on the ground or in-flight – operators need to know how to process the data and make it meaningful.

Next, satellite operator Iridium is hotly anticipating the launch of its NEXT generation constellation in a couple of weeks. It believes NEXT will “lead the way” in helping airlines meet the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System mandates outlined by ICAO. Co-hosts Max Flight and Mary Kirby ask Michael if airlines will show a preference for “position report” flight tracking solutions supported by Iridium NEXT or gravitate towards space-based ADS-B, which will be facilitated by payloads on those satellites. Michael also discusses the market share race between Inmarsat and Iridium in providing safety services for the cockpit.

Last but not least, Delta Air Lines has banned a passenger for life after he engaged in a loud, vulgar tirade about Donald Trump in front of passengers. The passenger’s rant was caught on tape, and so too was the crew’s lack of action. Max, Mary and Michael share their thoughts on Delta’s response to this unfortunate event.

Image at top is HDR rendering of plane awaiting refueling and servicing.