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Meet ViaSat at EFB Users Forum, Vienna, June 13 – 15, 2017

The EFB Users Forum is one of our favourite events, as it’s a great opportunity to learn more about airlines’ experiences with electronic flight bags, and also to help guide the future direction of our industry.

The forum is the key event for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the user community. Of particular interest to the ViaSat team are the sessions on user experiences, where we get to learn, in detail, how and why electronic flight bags are so useful to airlines and the issues that need to be resolved to make them do an even better job. We use these sessions to help drive our product development process

ViaSat-EFB_Hero.pngWho: Meet the ViaSat team at EFB Users Forum, Vienna 2017.

What: Learn about our modular electronic flight bag and our AeroDocs airline document management system.

Why: Our Flight Ops systems deliver immediate benefits to your airline and get you on the Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft.

Where: Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring 12a, Vienna 1010, Austria

When: June 13 – 15, 2017. The main expo takes place on Tuesday, June 13, with supplemental expo on Wednesday, June 14.

Read our post about EFB classifications here.


Learn more

Register for the event here: http://www.aviation-ia.com/aeec/projects/efb_users_forum/index.html

Our modular electronic flight bag software: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

In-flight internet from ViaSat: https://www.viasat.com/services/commercial-aviation

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

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ViaSat Acquires Arconics for Added Aircraft Operations Capabilities

  • ViaSat Gains Connected Aircraft Software, Wireless In-flight Entertainment, Mobile Applications and Airline Document Management Expertise
  • Arconics Brings A Complementary Set of Existing Commercial Airline Customers, Including Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Among Others

CARLSBAD, Calif. and DUBLIN, November 14, 2016 – ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, today announced it acquired Arconics, an innovative provider of software solutions to the aviation industry. Through this acquisition ViaSat gains broader expertise, aviation-grade software and mobile applications to make flying safer and more efficient for pilots, cabin crews and flight operations teams as well as applications that make entertaining passengers and opening new service and revenue opportunities for airlines possible.

The Arconics connected aircraft software platform enables the Arconics App Suite, which spans wireless In-flight Entertainment (IFE), Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), Airline Document Management and Cabin Management solutions, to communicate and share data with the aircraft and, using available connectivity, to connect with ground systems across mobile or avionics platforms. Today, tens of thousands of pilots, ground staff and cabin crew members across five continents depend on Arconics software to safely and efficiently operate their fleets. Airline customers include: Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Philippine Airlines, Tigerair Australia, SpiceJet and others.

“By acquiring Arconics, we are bolstering our ability to serve the global aviation market,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility business, ViaSat. “We believe combining our strengths with Arconics will position ViaSat to be the market leader for connectivity, passenger services and flight deck applications and operations.”

Prior to the acquisition, Arconics had a partnership with ViaSat, primarily focused on serving the wireless IFE needs of multiple airline customers. Post-acquisition, ViaSat expects to also offer airlines real-time insight, control and agility of aircraft and flight data with highly-integrated, highly-customizable aircraft operations tools that tap into the power of ViaSat’s advanced high capacity Ka-band satellite network, which has more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight WiFi provider.

“ViaSat offers Arconics a strategic match – both culturally and technologically,” said Arconics Chief Executive Officer Niall O’Sullivan. “We know ViaSat well, having partnered with them on a number of opportunities to deliver our world-class CloudStore wireless IFE product. Together, we believe the complementary nature of the technologies and products of Arconics and ViaSat will enhance the combined company’s ability to deliver exceptional end-to-end experiences across the entire aircraft value-chain.”

In connection with the acquisition, ViaSat establishes a presence in Dublin, Ireland, and will continue to build its operations in Sydney, Australia. More than 30 Arconics team members with both technical and business expertise will join ViaSat, including Niall O’Sullivan. IBI Corporate Finance advised Arconics on the transaction. The transaction is not expected to materially affect ViaSat non-GAAP (pro forma) earnings for fiscal year 2017. However, ViaSat has not completed its valuation analysis and, accordingly, has not determined the impact to GAAP earnings.

About Arconics

Arconics, registered as Aerodocs Limited in Ireland, offers enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The Company’s mission is to help operators reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations. The Company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

About ViaSat

ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company’s innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information, visit: www.viasat.com, or follow ViaSat on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include among others, statements that refer to the benefits of and realization of synergies from the Arconics acquisition, including expected resulting enhancements to ViaSat’s systems and services; integration activities; the anticipated value of the combined business to customers and partners; the expected performance of Arconics technologies; expected impact of the acquisition on ViaSat’s results of operations and financial condition; anticipated growth and trends in the business or key markets of ViaSat, Arconics and the combined company; and plans, objectives and strategies for future operations. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability of ViaSat to successfully integrate Arconics operations, technologies and employees; the ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies of the acquisition, including the expectation of enhancements to ViaSat’s products and services, greater revenue opportunities, operating efficiencies, and cost savings; the ability to ensure continued performance and market growth of Arconics’ business; changes in the global business environment and economic conditions; the availability and cost of credit; the ability to successfully develop, introduce, and sell new products and enhancements; changes in relationships with key customers, suppliers, distributors, resellers, and others as a result of the acquisition; and other factors affecting the communications and commercial aviation industries, generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Copyright © 2016 ViaSat, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

ViaSat, Inc. Contacts:

Heather Ferrante, Investor Relations, 760-476-2242, Heather.Ferrante@viasat.com

Chris Fallon, Public Relations, 760-476-2322, Chris.Fallon@viasat.com

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Experience Arconics Aircraft Software at 10th Annual Flight Ops Conference, LHR, 29-30 Nov 2016

The Aircraft Commerce 10th Annual Flight Operations Conference is the world’s leading Flight Operations event and focuses wholly on the key, strategic issues that affect commercial aircraft operations.

This year, amongst other key items, the event is focusing on the following key issues:

  • Live Flight Tracking
  • EFB Case Studies
  • The Digital / Paperless Flight Deck
  • Latest Aircraft & Engine Types Performance Analysis (A350 / 787 / A320 neo)
  • High Bandwidth Flightdeck Connectivity
  • Live EFB Weather Data
  • Aircraft eEnablement
  • The Latest ATC Developments
  • Biofuel and Fuel Efficiency Case Studies
  • The Latest Flight Deck Technology Innovations

The Flight Operations Conference provides airlines and aircraft operators with an outstanding one-stop solution to streamline, increase efficiency and ultimately save costs within their aircraft operating procedures.  The conference provides 3 great opportunities:

  • Agenda of Presentations: A 2 day agenda of presentations, given by industry experts and airline / aircraft operator executives.  Case studies, Regulator updates and the latest innovations are included to ensure that delegates receive key, varied and fresh information. The key topics for this year’s conference are listed above; speakers include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska Airlines, SWISS, Qatar Airways, plus lots more…
  • Large Exhibition Area – latest Flight Operations Innovations: A large exhibition area allows airlines and aircraft operators the opportunity to try out and demo the latest innovations in Flight Deck technology including major software and hardware systems from the world’s leading vendors. The solutions you will be able to demo include:  Digital / Paperless Solutions for the Flight Deck, EFB, ETL, Flight Planning Systems, Fuel Management / Efficiency, Aircraft Connectivity, Crew and Scheduling Solutions, Load Management, Live Flight Tracking, etc. You can meet Arconics at stand E25 for a demo of our aircraft software solutions.
  • Network with your peers: 300+ key executives from airlines, operators, OEMs, IT vendors, regulators and consultants from across the world will be in attendance, allowing for exceptional networking and the exchange of ideas.

Airline delegates can book their places directly from Aircraft Commerce: 

http://ultrasafe2.net/~aircraftx2/FlightOps2016/

Arconics will demo our software solutions in safety and compliance document management, electronic flight bag and the connected aircraft software platform. Click here to arrange a meeting.


Learn more:

Arconics Aircraft Software Platform: https://www.arconics.com/aircraft-software-platform-arconics/

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

AeroEFB, the modular electronic flight bag solution: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

CloudStore Wireless IFE product info: https://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

PaxApp Cabin Management app info: https://www.arconics.com/airline-cabin-management-paxapp/

Arconics Press Centre: https://www.arconics.com/media-kit/

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Embrace Your Inner AvGeek – How to be an Aviation Geek

AVIATION – IT’S A HEALTHY OBSESSION

Loving aviation is now such a popular hobby, it’s got an official name. If you love anything to do with planes, you’re an avgeek. The hashtag #avgeek is commonly used on Twitter to help identify stories about aviation or aircraft. But is ‘geek’ appropriate? Let’s face it, aviation is sexy, and everyone loves planes, so avgeekery is about as far from the nerdiness of trainspotting as it’s possible to get. If you always feel the urge to look up when a plane passes, wondering what kind of aircraft it is and where it’s going, the good news is that there are answers out there. You just need to forget the etymology and embrace your inner avgeek. We’ll show you how…

THE OLD SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

observers-book.jpgAir band radio scanner – So you can listen in on pilots as they chat with air traffic control.

Binoculars – Because airports will only allow you to get so close to the aircraft.

Reference books – We all remember the ubiquitous Observer’s Book of Aircraft. Publication has ceased, so pick them up in car boot sales whenever possible. Most referencing is done online these days, but there’s still a good selection of printed guides and coffee table books available.

FAVOURITE AVIATION WEBSITES

www.flightmemory.com – This neat website lets you track every flight you’ve ever made. All those air miles add up!

www.airliners.net – Photo database and forums, so you can chat with fellow avgeeks to your heart’s content!

www.flightradar24.com  – Live flight tracking (screengrab below). We love this. Identify the plane that’s flying over your head. Free desktop version is amazingly interesting and the mobile app is just so cool, you’ll want to pay for the upgrade. Did I mention how we love this?

flight-radar-24-scrn.pngwww.planefinder.net  – Another live flight tracking service, this one is chasing FlightRadar24’s crown.

www.avherald.com  – Incident and accident database.

http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/  – List of interesting aircraft visiting Dublin airport. Similar blogs exist for most major airports.

https://aviationvoice.com – Good news source, stories from across every aviation activity.

http://irishaviationresearchinstitute.blogspot.ie/ – Quality source for information on all things aviation, with an emphasis on Ireland.

AVGEEK NEWSLETTERS AND MAGAZINES

There’s a stack of really useful free email newsletter services, so sign up for a few and you’ll have the inside scoop in no time!

http://www.aviator.aero – Focus on airlines, daily newsletter.

https://avgeekweekly.com/ – Very avgeeky newsletter, focus on aircraft.

https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/ – Runway Girl delivers spot-on analysis of the passenger experience (#paxex), in-flight entertainment and cabin interiors side of aviation. Sign up for the weekly newsletter.

https://flightchic.com/ – Good blog and newsletter.

https://50skyshades.com/ – Fifty Sky Shades is a good all-round resource with a nifty, weekly newsletter.

http://info.arconics.com/offer-5 – The Connected Aircraft Newsletter from Arconics is the aviation industry’s favourite monthly newsletter about all things aviation, airline software, connectivity and the passenger experience.

http://www.airlinerworld.com – Airliner World is a very good avgeek magazine.

www.flightglobal.com – When you’re ready to turn professional avgeek, Flightglobal is the place to go. The publishers of Flight International magazine offer a comprehensive news service and – for subscribers – a searchable database of all the world’s airlines.

 http://apex.aero/newsletter – The APEX newsletter is a great source of news on aviation, with a special focus on the airline passenger experience.

AVIATION ACTIVITIES

Hang around the airport at the weekend. Dublin Airport has some superb locations for planespotting – check out the R108 around the far side of the runway (airport side of IKEA roundabout off the M50) – and every airport has a similar offering. Hanging around the departures hall is not so much fun and you could get arrested.

Travel just for the fun of it! This might sound insane but, in the olden days, flying was considered a glamorous pursuit, an end in itself. Some LCCs may have tried to remove all the sophistication and excitement from flying but avgeeks know that they will never succeed.

Book specific flights just to fly on individual aircraft.

Bore all your friends by constantly talking about aviation…

FINALLY, BUILD A CAREER IN AViATION…

Get paid and build a career out of talking about aviation! It’s easier than you might think. For starters, there’s a major, growing shortage of airline pilots and cabin crew are always in demand. Then think about the legions of men and women who work on the ground to keep the aircraft flying and the airports operational 24/7. In Ireland, we’ve
got all the world’s top aircraft leasing companies, and they’re always looking for the right talent. Then you’ve got support companies like Arconics, the world’s leading airline software provider, working with some of the world’s most successful, profitable and best-loved airlines and always looking for talent, talent that’s not afraid to be called… avgeek!

Discover avgeek job opportunities with Arconics at: https://www.arconics.com/careers/


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Very useful beginner’s guide to planespotting from CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/02/aviation/plane-spotting-beginners-guide/index.html

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Aviation News – Connected Aircraft Newsletter

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Sign up for the Arconics Connected Aircraft Aviation Newsletter

All the latest aviation, EFB, airline document management and wireless IFE news delivered straight to your inbox every month. We love all things aviation and it shows. If there’s anything that you’d like us to cover in future editions of Connected Aircraft, please get in touch.

Sign up for your free newsletter here: http://info.arconics.com/offer-5

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Fergal Murray, CCO at Arconics, Speaks at the Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference, London, 27 – 28 April 2016

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Fergal Murray, CCO at Arconics, speaks at the Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference in London on April 27th-28th 2016. Launched in London in October 2013, this event was the first event of its kind to cover eEnablement and complete nose-to-tail aircraft connectivity. The 2016 conference will again be the perfect venue for the exchange of ideas for everything to do with aircraft connectivity and aircraft eEnablement strategies.

The Arconics Connected Aircraft Software Ecosystem helps aircraft operators increase revenues and efficiency, reduce costs and improve loyalty. Our software securely connects everyone across the airline. CloudStore Wireless IFE is driven by big data analytics, great content, flexible connectivity and the best possible passenger experience. Customised dashboards provide granular insight, measurably improve real-time decision making and generate ancillary revenues.

The Arconics airline software ecosystem is in demand by airlines across the world. Our focus is on delivering the best possible user experience, backed up by a robust backend and a scalable infrastructure. This means that our software is adaptable, running on any suitable hardware. Connectivity flexibility is also integral. We plan to maintain our position at the leading edge of software innovation by giving freedom, power and choice back to airlines.

We also provide cabin management, EFB and document management technology, integrating with avionic hardware and satellite connectivity systems. Arconics customers include Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Aer Lingus, Philippine Airlines, Tigerair Australia and Ryanair.

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CloudStore goes beyond Wireless IFE. Data has the power to drive business development in a more customer-centric and profitable direction. But accessing, analysing and acting on big data is often complicated and counter-intuitive. CloudStore’s powerful backend features give users at all technical levels the ability to quickly understand user statistics, trends and actions. Our analytics interface is designed with the user experience in mind and allows product managers and ancillary revenue teams to quickly pivot to meet passenger needs. CloudStore provides detailed real-time analytics and rich data reporting that supports on-the-go commercial and service decision-making. With CloudStore, airlines profitably evolve and competitively adapt.

AeroDocs Document Management System

Collaborative XML authoring, controlled digital document distribution, compliance management, enterprise security. The ultimate nextgen document creation and management solution for airlines that demand the very best paperless cockpit and efficiencies across the enterprise.

AeroEFB Electronic Flight Bag

An integrated suite of EFB apps that provide completely centralised management, end-to-end security, smart re-use and sharing of data across modules, and rapid access to the right information for flight crew and ground staff.

PaxApp Cabin Management Application

PaxApp gives cabin crew access to all of the information they need to serve passengers better, and provide timely information to any of the airline’s existing ground systems.

Fergal speaks at 12:15 on day 2, Thursday April 28, and his topic is very interesting: Enabling Disruptive Applications. Learn more about the conference here: 

http://www.aircraft-commerce.com/conferences/eEnablement2016/Homepage.asp

For more information please contact:

Bozena Czajkowska – Sales and Marketing

bozena@arconics.com | +353 1 611 46 25 | www.arconics.com