To mark the 5-year anniversary and closure of the Helios Project, a major European initiative funded by the European GNSS Agency, Orolia will host an interactive webinar to present the key milestones of this initiative with a specific focus on the recent successful flight tests demonstrating and qualifying the GADSS global aircraft safety program’s end-to-end Emergency Locator Transmitter Distress Tracking (ELT-DT) system, including Orolia’s Ultima-DT solution.

Those series of flight tests have been led by Orolia with the support of French and Spanish government partners such as France’s CNES, the Spanish and French Air Traffic Service Units, the Spanish and French Mission Control Centers, the Spanish and French Rescue Coordination Centers, as well as two major Airline Operation Centers from Air France and Iberia.

Panelists will discuss about this first opportunity to evaluate a system-level implementation of the new Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS), particularly its Autonomous Distress Tracking component (ADT), but also about the impact for future commercial aircraft.

This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687554.

Confirmed panelists include:

Alexandre Tahbaz

Aircraft Retrofit Programs, Air France Industries
Currently responsible for Air France Aircraft Retrofit Services, Alexandre has a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering with ten years of experience in aircraft maintenance (components, Power plant, and cabin interior). After managing aircraft retrofit programs for Air France and third party airlines for 5 years, Alexandre is now responsible for promoting Air France engineering capabilities and identifying business development opportunities.

Yoan Gregoire

Radiolocation Engineer, CNES
Yoan GREGOIRE is a radiolocation engineer in “Signal Processing, Time and Frequency, applied to Radiolocation” department in CNES. He is a technical expert of Cospas-Sarsat system. Yoan is also involved in the development of new beacon standards and location algorithms for the MEOSAR system.

Didier Delcuvellerie

Search and Rescue Senior Expert
Didier Delcuvellerie joined the CNES Launchers Department in 1990 as Aeronautical Construction Engineer to take charge of flight mechanics studies for Ariane 5. He began his career at Airbus Industrie in the flight test department, in charge of the Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM). From 1997 to 2012, he was Mission Manager at the Toulouse Space Center for several geostationary satellite launch and early orbit phase (LEOP) missions, then for the ATV-1 "Jules Verne" mission. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Cospas-Sarsat project team in CNES, where he is currently Senior Search and Rescue Expert. He has chaired several working groups and joint committees in the framework of the International Cospas-Sarsat Program, and has led the French delegation to the Cospas-Sarsat Council.

Ana Bodero

Head of GNSS Department, Enaire
Ana Bodero, Head of ENAIRE GNSS Department, holds a M. Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Valladolid and MBA from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. After working for BMC Software as Project Manager for eight years, she began working for Aena in 2007 as IT Project Manager at Madrid-Barajas Airport in the area of Telecommunication Networks. In 2009 she became part of the GNSS Department in ENAIRE, involved in PBN, EGNOS/Galileo, GBAS and SESAR projects. Since 2014, she is the head of the ENAIRE’s Satellite Navigation Department.

Carmen Aguilera

Market Development Officer, European GNSS Agency
Carmen Aguilera is serving the European GNSS Agency (GSA) since 2009 as Head of Section for Operational Market Development, in charge of Safety Critical Applications at the GSA. She has over 15 years experience in the aerospace sector with focus on research and innovation in the downstream market. She is in charge of bringing EGNOS and Galileo to their aviation, maritime and rail transport users, fostering new applications, research and development and business growth for EU industry.

Alain Bouhet

Program Coordinator, Orolia
Alain BOUHET has an experience of twenty years in high technology industry, including in Automotive, Telecom, Defense and Aerospace sectors as international project manager and Aviation Design Authority. He holds a master’s degree in Engineering with a background in Radio Labs and R&D Project Management. He joined Orolia in 2008 as Product Manager for the Aviation & Military product line. Alain led the H2020 HELIOS project for developing next generation of Distress Beacons in Aviation and Maritime sectors introducing the Cospas-Sarsat System upgrade and Galileo Search And Rescue specific features.


Christian Belleux
Aviation Product Line Director, 
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