Sumant Hattikudur

Senior Product Manager and Strategy Analyst, Boeing Global Services

Sumant is a senior product manager and strategy analyst with Boeing Global Services developing Integrated Aviation Services enabled by emerging technologies such as blockchain. He is a highly effective, curious and entrepreneurial leader who enjoys creating superior businesses ad revenue generating products and services based on market intelligence, integrated strategy, industry collaboration, product development and operational execution through value creation and cross-functional leadership. 

In previous roles, Sumant led airplane connectivity and aircraft tracking studies, performed internal corporate audits as part of Boeing’s Enterprise Auditor Program and managed the R&D portfolio for Advanced Air Traffic Management. He was a member of Boeing Air Traffic Management’s (ATM) global Working Together (WTT) initiative at its inception in 2001.

Sumant received a certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. He received an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and possesses graduate degrees in Computer Science and Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and University of Missouri – Rolla. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India.

Digital Crew Credentials

– Ensuring that air carrier pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin crew are qualified and competent is a key component of maintaining the excellent air safety record.

– To fully evaluate airline crew qualifications and fitness, air carriers and regulators are responsible for maintaining a robust and secure information system on training, medical, and performance records issued by various issuing authorities for these crew credentials.

– Receipt, verification and validation of paper and electronic crew credentials by multiple air carriers and regulators from numerous issuing authorities is complex, inefficient and vulnerable. The current process results in extended elapsed time between training completion and regulatory approval. Matching personnel with required skills and credentials to job opportunities is challenging because of unavailability of competency data.

– A traditional approach to addressing this complex situation requires establishment of one or more trusted third party custodians or clearing houses for managing digital crew credentials and competencies.

– Alternatively, a blockchain-based system offers a secure, decentralized network for reliably, rapidly and securely exchanging crew credentials data across the aviation ecosystem. This approach would enable all participants with appropriate access controls to contribute credentials, training assessments and skills competency data to the network, rapidly verify authenticity, perform investigations, and reduce crew search and placement costs.

– These approaches will reduce the elapsed time between training completion and regulatory approval to varying degrees. Consequently, air carriers and MROs will be able to match personnel supply with required skills to job opportunities, and, deploy new hires and trained crew into operations with reduced effort and minimal delay.