Avionics on the cusp of change

Avionics Europe

MUNICH, 20 Feb. 2013. It’s a busy, but exciting time in aviation; we are on the cusp of considerable change. The months and years ahead will bring more and varied manned and unmanned aircraft sharing public airspace, modernized air traffic management, new aviation certifications and regulations, and myriad advances in avionics, from cockpit to cabin.

All these changes bring new opportunities for the avionics community, and the potential for growth.

Industry researchers and analysts forecast clear skies ahead for a majority of aviation market segments. Strong growth is projected in the areas of:

-         air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM),

-         helicopters and rotorcraft-related technologies,

-         unmanned aerial vehicles, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (UAVs/RPAS) and associated ground control stations,

-         and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) activities, including retrofitting existing civil and defense aircraft with modern, intelligent avionics.

You’ll find these specific topics and technologies well represented at Avionics Europe 2013, whether you’re sitting in a conference session, attending a workshop or forum, or perusing cutting-edge solutions on the exhibition floor.

The 2013 conference program includes a departure from the podium-style sessions: an interactive panel and question-and-answer session on cockpit displays. A panel of specialists from some of the hottest commercial, general, and military aviation technology firms will discuss and debate: pilot situational awareness, low-visibility conditions and challenges, and the pros and cons of various devices, including head-up and head-down displays, helmet-mounted and monocle displays, enhanced and synthetic vision systems, and touch-screen and panoramic color displays.

We are excited to welcome back a growing number of technology partners to the newly expanded exhibition floor, as well as Avionics Europe favorites:

-         bavAIRia and the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology,

-         Airbus,

-         The Association of European Airlines,

-         DGLR,

-         the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment,

-         EUROCONTROL,

-         The Royal Aeronautical Society,

-         and SESAR.

The Avionics Europe team, at the heart of which sits a prestigious Advisory Board, continues to expand with knowledgeable, experienced, and personable aviation experts. The latest additions not only bring fresh points of view to an already stellar team, but also ramp up the charisma, passion, and excitement to an entirely new level.

New Advisory Board members include: Vance Hilderman, an experienced avionics engineer, entrepreneur, and renowned author and speaker.

In his 25-year career as an embedded avionics engineer/manager, Hilderman developed more than 150 critical embedded avionics and safety-critical systems, including the world’s first DO-178B avionics software training and commercial avionics software processes. A leading expert on avionics certification, Hilderman founded one of the largest independent avionics software services companies in the world. After retiring upon the sale of his company, Hilderman co-founded and served as president of HighRely Inc., one of the largest U.S. avionics software/certification companies, which was acquired by Atego. Hilderman currently serves as president of Atego HighRely.

John Law, an important and valuable member of the Advisory Board for years, retired from his post at EUROCONTROL and, in turn, relinquished his seat on the Board. The entire team appreciates having had the opportunity to work and socialize with this pillar of the aviation community.  We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for his time, dedication, contributions, and friendship.

Christos Rekkas, CASCADE program manager in EUROCONTROL, will fill the seat previously occupied by Law. In his role at EUROCONTROL, Rekkas coordinates the deployment of initial ADS-B applications and wide area multilateration in Europe, as well as serves as the EUROCONTROL Surveillance focal point for SESAR.

The Avionics Europe Advisory Board and PennWell’s event organization team are true visionaries dedicated to the continued advancement and health of the aviation community.

The Avionics Europe conference and exhibition caters to you, industry innovators. We proudly serve avionics professionals who are actively shaping the industry, one critical decision at a time.

Today’s trailblazers are influencing myriad aircraft and spacecraft platforms, modern avionics components and systems, and design and development processes—all while charting a course to the future.

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