There became a heavy aerospace spin to this year’s State of Technology Luncheon, presented today by means of the Technology Alliance on the Seattle Sheraton.
Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden changed into the keynote speaker for what’s been billed as “the most effective annual event of Washington’s innovation network.”
Three different aerospace executives had their time in the highlight as well, and loads of representatives from the tech enterprise, academia and government had been in attendance.
Here are some highlights from the occasion:
We’re all tech corporations now: During an onstage fireplace chat, Nordstrom chief digital officer Ken Worzel asked Tilden whether he categorized Alaska Airlines as a technology company. “Absolutely,” Tilden responded. “I wager each unmarried character on this room thinks of where they work as a generation enterprise. It’s extremely, extremely essential to us.”
What about my Wi-Fi? One of the largest applause strains came while Tilden answered a query approximately the slowness of in-flight Wi-Fi. “Gogo is getting higher,” he stated. “We have 225 airplanes with Wi-Fi, 25 of them have satellite [connectivity]. Satellite is 20 instances quicker than ground-based totally Wi-Fi. All the airplanes might be finished 12 months from now. … It’s now not going to be as speedy as your 1-gigabit home laptop, however, it is going to be as speedy as your cell telephone, and also you’ll be capable of download and move.”
A vote of assist for Boeing: Tilden said Alaska Airlines is ultimate “highly loyal to Boeing” because the plane producer works through troubles which have arisen within the wake of catastrophic 737 MAX crashes. Software updates are soon predicted to deal with troubles with an automated flight manage device on the 737 MAX. “Our crew has looked at them,” Tilden said of the updates, “and we’re happy that they’re the right adjustments.”
Debut for Digital Winglets: APiJET CEO Tom Gibbons showed off his company’s “Digital Winglets” app, which monitors and analyzes an aircraft’s critical records and crowdsourced situational data in actual time to optimize the plane’s gasoline usage and course all through a flight. “It’s Waze in your plane,” Gibbons said, relating to the popular traffic and navigation app. Today the company announced that it turned into partnering with Alaska Airlines to increase NASA’s Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests era and install it across Alaska’s whole fleet. APiJET’s suite of optimization apps additionally makes positive airplanes are serviced in a timely way all through on-the-ground turnarounds, and maintains the tune of a plane’s operational fitness.
Electric aviation at the horizon: MagniX CEO Roei Ganzarski recapped his electric powered propulsion business enterprise’s recent offers to retrofit Harbour Air’s seaplanes with electric-powered cars, and provide a propulsion system for the all-electric powered plane being developed via Aviation. Ganzarski said that Harbour Air’s first transformed all-electric powered plane could make its first test flight in November and that Eviation’s Alice airplane might have its first flight via the stop of the yr. “The one factor I would like to peer this state do is take the lead within the United States,” he stated. Ganzarski advised that Washington country could inspire brief-haul airlines to head all-electric by way of, say, 2050.