• ATM improvements continue in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Several air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in Latin America and the Caribbean are enhancing airspace management and surveillance, as shown by contract award and project update announcements during the World ATM (WATM) Congress in Madrid on 6–8 March 2018. Notable progress has been made

  • Egis aids Belgocontrol transition strategy

    A consortium led by Egis is assisting Belgocontrol on a range of strategic, operational, and technical transformation issues, under a three-year framework contract worth an undisclosed amount. The team comprises Egis Avia (engineering and design support), Egis Batiments (building services), Egis

  • Frequentis teams with Altitude Angel for UTM

    Frequentis and Altitude Angel have formed a strategic partnership for safe airspace integration of unmanned aerial systems (UASs). Their UAS traffic management (UTM) solution, demonstrated to Jane’s during the World ATM Congress on 6–8 March, blends communication and automation

  • Virgin backs Heathrow third runway – with provisos

    Virgin Atlantic still supports construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, describing it “once in a generation opportunity to radically transform airline competition” at the UK hub. The carrier also confirmed that it will still be UK-based after Brexit in March 2019, adding that

  • Airports of Regions to develop Novy Urengoy

    Renova Holding, an investment company owned by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, is to invest about RUB8 billion (USD140 million) in developing an international airport at Novy Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, a major oil and gas production centre in northern Siberia. A

  • Frequentis rebrands Comsoft

    Frequentis used World ATM Congress in Madrid on 6–8 March to announce a business rebrand for its Comsoft Solutions subsidiary. Comsoft Solutions GmbH will operate as Frequentis Comsoft GmbH. The executive leadership team remains in place, including Gerald Enzinger. “This change also has

Airports Airports

  • UK to push for associate EASA membership post-Brexit

    Prime Minister Theresa May has signalled that the UK government wishes to obtain associate membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after the country leaves the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019. Speaking in London on 2 March 2018, she said that the United Kingdom would “of


  • NATS and IDS build a deeper connection

    UK air navigation service provider NATS and Italian systems engineering company IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi are to explore joint commercial opportunities worldwide. NATS chief executive Martin Rolfe and his counterpart at IDS, Massimo Garbini (ex-managing director of the SESAR Deployment Manager)

Equipment Equipment

  • WATM 2018: Biral supports windfarm safety

    Biral has provided its VPF and SWS 100 sensors for automatic warning light dimming on wind turbines in Canada, in the first project of its kind in the country. The Biral visibility sensors at the Mont Sainte-Marguerite windfarm are mounted on the top of the turbines and monitor the atmospheric

Security Security

  • TSA reveals record weekly firearms haul

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on 20 February announced a new weekly record for firearms detected at airport security checkpoints in the United States. A total of 104 guns (87 of them loaded, and 38 of those with a round in the chamber) were found between 5–11 February. The