The Airline Passenger Experience Group’s (APEX) annual conference and exhibition is fast approaching. This year APEX (formerly known as the WAEA) will be co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (which, like Flightglobal, is a Reed Business unit).
It goes without saying that both conferences will attract thousands of executives from the airlines and IFEC/interiors world. But if you can’t make the trip to Long Beach, never fear, Flightglobal will be covering both events with a strong on-site daily team.
But before APEX and AIX get kicked off, there is another event you should know about. The AIAA conference “Space 2010/ICSSC 2010″ will feature a panel discussion session entitled: “Commercial Aeronautical Broadband – Is There a Holy Grail?”
Here is a synopsis of the panel:
The broadband Internet services appeared finally to penetrate into the commercial aircraft passenger market when the Boeing service suddenly ended. The Ku-band FSS satellite system is receiving a second life owing to the effort by Panasonic, Row 44, and others. The new MSS L-band system by Inmarsat boasts a global coverage but with limited bandwidth and the future FSS Ka-band systems by ViaSat promise greater bandwidth but with limited coverage. In the meantime, the Aircell terrestrial system is making strong inroads in the continental U.S. Clearly the industry is advancing with incompatible partial solutions: domestic/international, terrestrial/satellite, MSS/FSS, or other, yet our goal is to provide long term, ubiquitous Internet bandwidth. Our topic thus includes the business outlook, coverage, bandwidth technology, regulatory issues, and more. Is it time to pursue paths toward system convergence? We challenge this panel, “Is there a holy grail?”
Confirmed panelists include:
William F. Sullivan, Director of Broadband Systems, ViaSat, Carlsbad, CA
Bruce R. Elbert, President, Application Technology Strategy, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
David Bruner, VP Global Communication Services, Panasonic Avionics, Lake Forest, CA
Mike Moeller, VP Sales & Marketing, LiveTV, Melbourne, FL
John Craig, Manager of Aeronautical SATCOM, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Renton, WA
Chaired by Brian B.K. Min, General Manager, Nubron Inc., Santa Clara, CA