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BIG DATA MORE ACCEPTED IN B&GA

October 11, 2019

BIG DATA MORE ACCEPTED IN B&GA

Mike McConnell

Aviation can be trendy like anything, but it sure seems to move slower, possibly because it is in a regulated industry. The 2018-2020 trends in the airlines seem to be three things - SATCOM, Iridium NEXT, and mandates like ADS-B. We have empirical data that some airlines are testing GE Aviation’s Predictive Maintenance product, using the same flight operational data used for their C-FOQA program, and they are encouraged by the initial results.  

In the B&GA segment, it seems that Big Data is finally being accepted and sought after for flight safety improvements and aircraft health reasons. The adoption of miniQARs and C-FOQA are wonderful signs that flight departments and owners/operators of turbine aircraft are no longer concerned about Big Brother watching them through data.  We currently see increasing velocity in the installation of GE Aviation and Avionica’s miniQARs so that adoption of flight data analysis is very encouraging. 

The annual NBAA is in one week (Oct 22-24), and while we are not trying to sound like a Las Vegas betting prognosticator, these Big Data trends suggest that we will see more announcements around aircraft operations and predictive maintenance rather than new aircraft certification announcements or significant aircraft acquisitions by fleet operators. It should be a a great Convention with the overall economic confidence so high these days. See ya’ in Vegas.