The Global Aerospace Summit 2016, to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on March 7 and 8, will focus on globalisation, manufacturing, automation, connectivity and technological advancements. Members of an elite advisory board for next year’s Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, say the engines behind innovation will be globalisation, automated manufacturing, heightened connectivity and break-neck speed technological advancements. “The advisory board has been unanimous in identifying innovation as the summit’s overall theme and believe its discussions will give us a road map for industries whose advancements will impact their own sectors, but feed out into others,” says Nick Webb, Managing Partner of SMG, which is the show organiser.
According to Jeff Johnson, Vice President, Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft, major breakthroughs will drive the industry over the next decade and for organisations like Boeing it will be about getting more for less and breaking the cost curve. The key questions facing the 1,000 invited industry leaders due at the Summit next March, Johnson said would be, “Use of new materials, the impact of automation, increased platform commonality and how open avionics can drive capabilities while the platforms keep costs down.” “We will continue to see manufacturing overseas and we believe we’ve got a great strategy here. The government of the UAE has planned where it wants to go with aerospace manufacturing and space. You go over to India and they have a ‘Make in India’ strategy so I think we are going to see manufacturing and tech transfer that will drive globalisation in the next 10 years,” he said.
Increased productivity and workforce development will also be key transformational areas. “A good example of this is the new automated assembly line that we have developed to build our new gear tripod fan family of engines. With the new assembly line, we have roughly 30% more productivity that we had with the old method of manufacturing engines,” said David P. Hess, Senior Vice President, Aerospace Business Development, United Technologies. Despite the innovation inherent in aviation, future challenges include costs, the development rate time and even the life of the air planes. Chafik Hilal, VP/MD, Business Development, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Rockwell Collins observes that, “One of the things that will take this to the next level is connectivity. Right now passengers want the ability to arrive and transit through the airport and get in the air as fast as they can and this is part of the innovation I can see for the future – connectivity - where they get in and in a very short time are flying.”
Hosted by Mubadala Development Company, The Global Aerospace Summit 2016, is the third in the biannual series and will be part of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.