At the APEX TECH conference in Los Angeles in June, SmartSky Networks’ President, Ryan Stone, participated on a connectivity panel with representatives from Inmarsat, ViaSat, Gogo, and Panasonic Avionics. We asked Ryan to share his thoughts on the panel and provide some insight into ATG in Commercial Aviation as APEX EXPO approaches. You can read Ryan’s Pre-APEX TECH Interview on the APEX website here: https://apex.aero/2017/06/06/pre-apex-tech-interview-smartsky-president-when-open-kimono
What did you learn from the other panelists?
The future is going to be pretty exciting, as the pace of technology change is accelerating. Many companies are developing new software-based applications to take advantage of better connectivity. These advances should significantly improve the passenger experience.
Big Data and the Internet of Things are knocking on aviation’s door, which will mean more data will need to come off airplanes than ever before. At the same time, as expectations continue to rise, passengers do not care about “details” related to radio physics limitations and frequency bands, they just want their devices in the air to work exactly as they do on the ground.