• Conference – Connected Aircraft: Which optimized architectures are available

    with SATCOM, LEO, L and Ku Bands, …for Air Traffic, ACARS messages, safety and non safety communications?


    Reserve your seats

     (Collins, ESSP, ….)

    29 February, AIR FORMATION, Blagnac

    Synopsis: Satellite communication (SATCOM) is a technology that enables wireless communication between terrestrial and orbital devices using radio waves. SATCOM can be used for various applications, such as air traffic control, airline operation centre, weather forecasting, broadcasting, mapping, and more. SATCOM operates in different frequency bands, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most common frequency bands are L-band, Sband, C-band, X-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band.

     • Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites are satellites that orbit the Earth at altitudes of 2,000 km or less. LEO satellites have the advantage of low latency, high bandwidth, and low power consumption, but they also have the disadvantage of short orbital periods, high maintenance costs, and interference from other satellites and debris. LEO satellites can be used for various applications, such as global positioning system (GPS), satellite mobile phones, internet access, remote sensing, and more.

     • Air traffic control (ATC) is a service that monitors and regulates the movement of aircraft in the airspace and on the ground. ATC uses various communication systems, such as very high frequency (VHF), high frequency (HF), and SATCOM, to communicate with pilots and ground staff. SATCOM is an alternative means of communication for flying over oceanic and remote areas, where VHF and HF are not available or reliable. SATCOM can also provide internet connectivity for electronic flight bags (EFB), which are devices that provide pilots with flight information, such as live weather updates, in-flight briefing updates, and more.

     • ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) is a digital datalink system that enables the exchange of messages between aircraft and ground stations. ACARS messages can be used for various purposes, such as flight management, aircraft monitoring, maintenance, passenger services, and more.

     • Safety and non-safety communications are two categories of communications that have different requirements and priorities. Safety communications are communications that are essential for the safe operation of the aircraft, such as ATC instructions, emergency alerts, and distress signals. Non-safety communications are communications that are not critical for the safety of the aircraft, but may enhance the efficiency, comfort, or entertainment of the flight, such as EFB applications, passenger services, and cabin entertainment. Safety and non-safety communications have different levels of quality of service (QoS), security, and availability, and may use different communication systems and frequency bands. For example, safety communications may use L-band SATCOM, which is less susceptible to rain fade and interference, while non-safety communications may use Ku-band or Ka-band SATCOM, which offer higher bandwidth and lower cost.

    Speakers : Pierre Lahourcade (ESSP) and Philippe Liévin (COLLINS)

    20+ years of experience on international aviation market, Pierre Lahourcade has experienced several executive positions in different aviation stakeholders like system industry, consulting, institutions and operators.

    Those positions enabled him to develop a deep knowledge of ANSPs, Airports, Airlines, Civil Aviation Authorities and Space challenges.

    Pierre owns a Master of Science in Software Engineering, a Master in Strategy and Innovation Management and an Executive MBA in General Management. He started at Airbus Defense & Space as ATM project manager.

    He led Aviation business development for Egis and developed the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) as International and Development Director.

    In 2019 Pierre Lahourcade joined ESSP as Chief Strategy and Development Officer to develop CNS space-based services for aviation.

     Philippe Lievin is currently the Air Traffic Management Services – Business Development  Director – EuMEA at Collins Aerospace.

     He is based in Toulouse, Occitanie, France.  Philippe holds a Master of Science in Data Science from the Data ScienceTech Institute (2021 – 2022)

    Originally Agronomist specialized in genetics and molecular biology with strong expertise in Computer Science (Object Oriented technologies and Information Management modelling), Philippe worked for the most important accounts in France as an object modeling expert (French National Space Center, Alcatel Space…), but left his space and software activities to focus on the Air Transport Industry.

    Working for the former Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace part of Raytheon Technologies) for more than 24 years in different domains (Information Management integration challenges in Air Transport, Airlines and Aircraft Manufacturers Marketing…), Philippe is now in charge of Business Development in the Air Traffic Management domain interfacing the European Regulators and ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Provider) positioning an innovative portfolio of applications and services leveraging the Connected Aviation Ecosystem developed by Collins Aerospace.

  • 3rd edition of its annual open event: the Excellence Club Aerospace Awards 2023, 30/10/23

    October 30, 2023 | from 2 to 8 pm

    Following successful events aimed at innovation, the Excellence Club Aerospace is pleased to announce the Third edition of its annual open event: the Excellence Club Aerospace Awards 2023.

    Organized in the heart of Europe’s Aerospace capital, Toulouse? this event is designed to stimulate the industry and offer a new way to strengthen business and develop new markets.

    This second edition will be a confluence zone for aerospace professionals, serving a common interest for all companies: resilience to the current crisis, and the establishment of an ambitious future.

    This prestigious event will take place at the iconic B612 Innovation & Research Center, Toulouse, France, on October 30th, from 2 to 8 pm.

    The B612 Innovation Center has been selected to host the Awards Event, as its philosophy is perfectly in line with our Business Club values.


  • Human or artificial intelligence in critical flight operations

    September 27th, 2023

    Ultimately, the conference aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the potential roles of both human and artificial intelligence in critical flight operations. It seeks to facilitate knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and the development of frameworks and strategies that optimize the efficiency, safety, and reliability of aviation operations in the era of AI.


    Posted By: Excellence club aerospace

  • The conference “Anti-drones fight (including swarm case): which means for which result?”

    September 19th 2023, Blagnac

    Focuses on exploring strategies and technologies for combating drones, particularly in the context of swarm attacks. A swarm attack refers to a scenario where multiple drones are used simultaneously to carry out a coordinated and potentially malicious activity.

    The primary objective of this conference is to examine various countermeasures against drones and to understand their potential impact on thwarting swarm attacks. The conference aims to bring together experts, researchers, and industry professionals to share their knowledge and insights in this fast-evolving field.

    Through presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions, participants will gain valuable insights into the following:

    Anti-drone technologies: The conference will showcase the latest advancements in anti-drone technologies, such as radar systems, radio-frequency (RF) sensors, and optical detection systems. These technologies aim to detect, track, and mitigate the threat posed by drones.

    Legal and policy considerations: The conference will also address the legal and policy implications of countering drones. Participants will explore the regulations governing the use of counter-drone technologies and the ethical considerations related to privacy and safety.

    Case studies: The conference will feature real-world case studies of swarm attacks and the anti-drone efforts employed to mitigate them. Experts will analyze the tactics and strategies employed by swarm attackers and discuss the effectiveness of different countermeasures.

    Collaboration opportunities: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in networking sessions and meet industry-leading organizations specializing in anti-drone technologies. This will foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among participants to collectively combat the evolving threats posed by drones and swarms.

    Overall, the conference aims to equip attendees with cutting-edge knowledge and practical insights to develop comprehensive anti-drone strategies and technologies. By exploring the means to counter swarm attacks, the conference aims to contribute towards fostering a safer and secure environment in the face of emerging drone threats.

    Speakers, Yves Robins, Thales


  • Aviation training and flight safety

    September 7th 2023, Blagnac

    Posted By: Excellence club aerospace

    Held in Blagnac at our partner Aviasim, 130 Rue du Riou, 31700 Beauzelle next 7 September from 7.00 pm [reception from 6.45 pm], this event will provide an opportunity to present aviation training and the challenges ahead in terms of flight safety. Operators, manufacturers, training organisations and aviation institutions will meet. Renowned experts in the field of aviation, including representatives from an aircraft manufacturer, the Direction de la Sécurité des Vols and Air Formation. The main aim of this event is to discuss the issues surrounding training and flight safety in the aviation industry and air transport.

    Speakers will share their knowledge and expertise on a range of key topics. In particular, they will discuss the latest technological advances in pilot training, highlighting the cutting-edge flight simulators and innovative training programmes developed by the aircraft manufacturer. In addition, the conference will focus on the importance of flight safety and the measures taken by the civil aviation authority Safety Departments to guarantee high safety standards.

    Participants will have the opportunity to explore best practices in risk management, accident prevention and pilot training. Finally, Air Formation will share its experience as a specialist aviation training organisation. Air Formation representatives will present the training programmes available, emphasising the importance of continuous training to ensure the competence and safety of pilots. The Aviation Training and Flight Safety conference will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, share knowledge and discuss current challenges and opportunities in the field of training and flight safety. Attendees will benefit from the perspectives of industry experts and take away valuable information to improve their practices and approach to training and flight safety.

    The Aviation Training and Flight Safety conference is aimed primarily at aviation professionals, aviation safety officers and air operations managers, airlines and aviation training experts. It is also of interest to students at aeronautical schools, researchers in the sector and aircraft pilots.

    Speakers expected:

    Air Formation

    Elixir Aircraft


    If you would like to be a speaker, please send us your synopsis by email to contact@excellence-club


Subject to change, we have planned

Conference program 2022

March 15: Corporate Social Responsibility, the challenges of sustainable development
Business Management
April 19: Industry MRO special / Predictive maintenance
June 23: Aerospace training: the universities and talents of tomorrow
June 28: “CSR and Sustainable Management” in Paris
July 5: Connectivity and space
October 4: Excellence Club Aerospace Awards
December 6: new planes and engines
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