FACE™ Crosses the Atlantic for Aerospace Tech Week

This fall, Toulouse, named La Ville Rose for the color of its tranquil terra-cotta buildings, will buzz with activity as industry leaders flock to Europe’s largest aerospace technology exposition. Aerospace Tech Week (ATW), November 3-4, will herald The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment™ (FACE) Consortium’s formal introduction into Europe.


ATW is becoming recognized as the largest and most technology focused event for the European aerospace community. The trade exhibition will feature over 150 technology suppliers, 6 dedicated conference tracks, 5 certified training courses, a free networking reception, and several free workshops. Conference tracks will cover critical industry topics in Avionics, Connected Aircraft, Flight Ops IT, MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) IT, Testing and FACE.


“This is a very important event for the FACE Technical Standard and Business Approach, as we’re incredibly proud to amplify its growing success on an increasingly global scale. This unique event expands our capabilities into NATO countries and strengthens our relationships with our global coalition partners,” explained Lauren Rousseau, Associate US Consortium Director with The Open Group.


The exclusive Open Group FACE™ Consortium Pavilion at ATW will include an Open Group booth as well as member exhibits featuring FACE solutions within avionics to include a variety of Certified FACE Conformant UoCs and FACE aligned solutions. The response from FACE Consortium members has been strong. Their presence will help promote the group’s hard work over the decade and help the consortium with their international outreach target. In addition, Rousseau explains, “We’re looking forward to interacting with many of our international partners from government and industry who are adopting the FACE Technical Standard.”


Adrian Broadbent, CEO of ATW describes the appeal of ATW, “It’s a very cost-effective platform for people tapping into the European market as it’s only 2 days and only attracts the right technologies buyers.” A bonus for exhibitors is the ability to use an event app feature to interact and arrange meetings with all delegates, attendees, and speakers. ATW will feature exhibits from industry giants including Airbus, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman and Siemens, as well as agile innovators such as STEPLab, TDM Aerospace, and Skayl.


Within the FACE Pavilion, Skayl plans to exhibit the latest innovations available through PHENOM, the company’s collaborative data modelling and automated integration tool. “We’ve been operating in the European market for a few years now,” explained Chris Allport, Skayl President and Co-Founder, “but we’re particularly excited about ATW because it provides the opportunity to introduce PHENOM and our unique configurable infrastructure capability to a larger European Aerospace audience that’s seeking innovative solutions to increase performance and long-term value.”


ATW was delayed last year due to COVID, but this year’s event promises to be even better. ATW organizers are working closely with the French Government and the venue, ensuring the health, safety, and productivity of exhibitors and attendees from around the world.


Why attend? Beyond the allure of La Ville Rose, Rousseau summarizes the case for ATW. “Technology is changing rapidly… Aerospace Tech Week is a core source of knowledge and innovation across the aviation, airline and A&D industry, making it a must-attend show for industry players that want to ensure they not only accelerate their technology advancements, but future-proof their business and offerings, while critically leading the charge on efficiency and compliance.”






Sonya Hand, Director of Strategy & Marketing at Skayl