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If your firm is somewhere in the aerospace supply chain, a computer hack is coming.  It looks like there a pattern is forming.  First, a group of Chinese hackers stole a huge trove of US data from the US Office of Personnel Management.  That was followed by  United Airlines and health insurer Anthem being hacked.  The United hack has a special value.  Not enough?  How about this – Chinese hackers just hacked Sabre, the largest GDS system and a key supplier to American Airlines.

As pointed out in the link to The Washington Post article, this massive trove of data can be (is being) aggregated.   The new owners of the data can pinpoint specific people of interest and then, using insight from the assembled data, develop a highly targeted campaign to exert influence on these… Continue reading

Cyber-security is a very hot topic. A week does not go by without some large and important entity being hacked. This impressive array of entities included the NYSE, United Airlines and the US Government, all within in the same week. This does not give anyone a sense of comfort and safety. And the news is getting worse.

The United hack we now learn has been traced.   That traced leads back to China – of course. Please follow the link to see just how significant the Chinese hack was.

For our readers, the most relevant story will be the United Airlines hack. Bloomberg states “Among the cache of data stolen from United are manifests.” While the airline has believes there is no connection between the hack and a July 8 systems failure that halted flights for two hours. United also did not rule out a possible, tangential connection… Continue reading

Our society depends on cyber security; the issue is at the very heart of our daily lives. How will we react when threats lead to interference with aircraft, airports or ATC?  How can we be prepared to thwart such an eventuality?

The London Center and AirInsight have organized a conference bringing together leaders from the global aerospace industry, government and the intelligence community. This 1½ day conference will focus on what can be done to eliminate cyber-threats to commercial air transportation.

We have drawn key figures from government, the intelligence community, and industry to focus on these issues. Our currently scheduled speakers include:

  • Congressman Joe Wilson* (SC-2), Chairman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee
  • Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8)
  • Pascal Andrei, Chief Product Security Officer at Airbus
  • John Craig, Chief Engineer, Cabin & Network Systems Boeing
  • Deneen DeFiore, IT Risk and Security Leader at GE Aircraft Engines
  • Larry Volz, Chief Information… Continue reading

American Airlines was forced to ground flights for a period earlier this week when their Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) on which pilots carry instrument approach charts, navigational data, and other aircraft information, including manuals, using an Apple iPad, rather than carrying a large suitcase of paper manuals and charts. A total of 74 of the company’s 6,700 daily flights were affected before a solution could be communicated across the airline. The use of iPads by pilots as Electronic Flight Bags was implemented at American in 2013 and is estimated to save $1.2 million annually through lower weight and fuel bills.

American uses standard iPads with a third party application to manage the data and updates of that data. Pilots connect their iPads to a centralized system to download updated charts, replacing the tedious process of manually updating and replacing paper charts in notebooks and ensuring that everything is up to… Continue reading

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a seven year contract with the FAA to provide the company’s oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, allowing aircraft to fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

The Rockwell Collins ARINC data link service enables standard procedural requests, like altitude changes, to be communicated via data transmissions between the FAA’s air route traffic control centers in Anchorage, New York and Oakland and flight crews on future air navigation system equipped aircraft. The service also allows aircraft to automatically transmit periodic position reports, enabling the FAA to track an aircraft’s location when traveling over the ocean and out of radar range.

Rockwell Collins’ ODL service provides a direct data communications link between the FAA oceanic controllers and a flight deck resulting in operational efficiency and better service to the flying public – not… Continue reading


Rockwell Collins has signed an MOU with OneWeb Ltd. to be the exclusive developer and provider of SATCOM terminals for OneWeb’s global aviation high-speed broadband service. Rockwell Collins will also be an authorized Value Added Reseller of OneWeb connectivity services. Under the agreement, OneWeb will team with Rockwell Collins to develop and certify the SATCOM terminals, which will utilize electronically scanned array (ESA) antenna technology developed by Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center. Using rapid beam movement and reconfigurable antenna patterns, ESA antennas provide high levels of performance to ensure that aircraft stay connected during flight.

“The antenna is a fraction of the size and weight of a traditional airborne SATCOM antenna, which means significant long-term cost savings for airlines from reduced fuel consumption,” said John Borghese, vice president, Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. “In addition, the unique design and scalability of our Ku-band ESA technology matched with the OneWeb… Continue reading

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