• Edmonton signs deal for renewable jet fuel

    Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NextStep Renewable Energy Inc (NSRE) to co-operate in constructing a processing facility in the western province of Alberta. Under the MOU, NSRE will join the EIA-based Alberta Aerospace and

  • Electronic device scanning draws civil rights ire

    Civil rights groups in the United States are seeking to secure court rulings to limit electronic device searches by customs and border security agents at international borders, including airports. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and other groups

  • FAA approves Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex plan

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex ATM project, which is one of the key building blocks in the NextGen airspace management modernisation programme. The FAA plans to phase in the new system immediately, with work continuing until September 2018.

  • FAA issues first tranche of new fiscal year AIP grants

    US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced grants totalling USD677 million under the federally funded Airport Improvement Programme (AIP). A total of 241 grants are funding 346 infrastructure projects to modernise runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals at airports throughout the

  • Ilan Ramon completes anti-rocket fence

    Preparations continue to open the greenfield Ilan Ramon International Airport in Israel in December 2018, with completion of a 30 m-high security fence designed to withstand potential rocket attacks. A major drill is scheduled for the end of June to test the efficiency of the emergency services,

  • Paris operator to order jet blast barriers

    Groupe ADP, operator of Paris Charles de Gaulle, has issued a tender for supply and installation of apron jet blast barriers. The deadline for bids on the six-year contract is 16 July. Groupe ADP expects to shortlist six contenders.

Airports Airports

  • EIB plans loan for Venice expansion

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) intends to lend EUR150 million (USD174 million) to SAVE Spa, the operator of Venice Marco Polo International Airport, to help fund a EUR478 expansion programme. EIB support will help SAVE expand and improve its terminal and airside facilities to cope with forecast


  • Canada completes airbase radar rollout

    Hensoldt reports completion of a EUR50 million (USD59 million) contract to install its Airport Surveillance Radar – Next Generation (ASR-NG) at six military airfields in Canada, after successful site acceptance tests. In all, seven ASR-NGs and two spare systems were provided to the Canadian

Equipment Equipment

  • Frankfurt tractor fire triggers inquiry

    An investigation is under way after an aircraft towing tractor at Frankfurt Airport caught fire on 11 June whilst attached to an A340-300. The fire was only extinguished after causing damage to the nose and lower deck area of the aircraft. The blaze broke out as the Lufthansa aircraft was being

Security Security

  • Active shooter response turns to networked sensors

    While shootings at airports are mercifully rare, they demand a rapid and effective response – but it is a challenge to pinpoint the location of the incident in a large and crowded environment An effective police response remains the first line of defence in a terrorist attack or active