Advances in Airport Technology

9 March 2017

British Airways Waterside Theatre


This is the annual Sir Richard Fairey Named Lecture.

The traffic at airports today has become more complex because of the increased traffic on the ground and the growth of airport infrastructures. Taxiing is a critical phase in terms of efficiency and safety, and represents significant costs for airlines who allocate several hundred kilos of fuel to this phase alone. Currently, solutions based on airport moving maps are proposed to airlines to cope with this challenge.

First introduced in 2007 with the A380 and have become a basic function for all long-range aircraft. Recent changes in regulation have enabled implementation of the airport moving map function also on EFB, which opens up retrofit market opportunities. New functionalities such as Taxi Routing are now emerging to complement airport moving maps and go further in the facilitation of the critical taxiing phase.

The Speakers from Thales will introduce to you that the Airport Operations Function brings several benefits - at operational level, for the pilot, it reduces workload and stress and provides better situational awareness. For airlines, it leads to time and fuel savings. And in general, it enables smoother traffic on ground and increased safety.

CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.

Speaker Details

Olivier Frerotte, Airport Operations Technical Expert and Pierre Carpentier, Product Line Manager, Thales Avionics

Olivier Frerotte, Thales AvionicsOlivier Frerotte is an automatic pilot expert, who actively participated to each recent Thales Avionics success on this product, going from commercial aircraft CATIIIA autopilot with the Sukhoï SuperJet to 4-axes helicopter autopilot through Sikorsky S76D. In 2014, Olivier took over Thales Airport Operation Function (AOF) product line as a Technical Expert in charge of its industrialisation, contributing in particular with the development of an EFB solution.

Pierre Carpentier, Thales AvionicsPierre Carpentier joined Thales Avionics in 2000, with first appointment to develop the Flight Management System for Dassault’s Rafale Fighter, followed by developments for the Airbus Single Aisle and Long Range Aircraft before leading the development of the first Flight Management System for the Airbus A400M. In 2013, Pierre Carpentier was appointed as a Product manager of Airport Operation Functions. With the Marketing & Sales team and the Technical Experts of the domain, he defined the development Roadmap for Thales AOF line.

Both Olivier and Pierre graduated from French School of Engineering ENSICA in Toulouse and is a member of ISAE.

We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events.

British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre
Harmondsworth UB7 0GA