• Birmingham enlists support from Atkins

    Atkins has been appointed to manage terminal upgrades and extensions to terminals at Birmingham Airport, and to oversee the airfield reconfiguration as part of a development masterplan to 2033. In the next five years, Atkins will assist Birmingham Airport in replacing and upgrading its assets,

  • CNS Drone use extends to VOR measurement

    Swiss air navigation service provider skyguide expects to broaden the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to check communication, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) systems at Zurich and Geneva international airports. The CNS Drone method was first deployed in January 2018 for monthly ILS

  • Hong Kong proclaims its green credentials

    Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has continued to reduce its environmental footprint, according to the latest Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Sustainability Report. In 2017–18, HKIA exceeded expectations by cutting airport-wide carbon emissions by 5.7% relative to 2015 levels.

  • Japan trials AI solution for better passenger service

    Japan Airlines (JAL) and Accenture are completing trials of a new service that applies artificial intelligence (AI) to answer passenger requests at check-in counters. The service assesses what check-in counter agents are saying to passengers and then pushes relevant information to the agents’

  • NLR and everis ADS to collaborate on UTM and remote tower consultancy

    NTT Data Group company everis ADS is to work with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) on research and development of technologies for unmanned aerial system traffic management (UTM), and other communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management solutions and services. Under a

  • Project Green Blade tests new wind turbine mitigation capability

    The latest tests in the UK are pushing the boundaries Under UK government proposals, offshore wind projects could reach 30 GW capacity by 2030 compared with just over 7 GW today – equivalent to about one-third of overall national electricity requirements, according to the UK Offshore Wind

Airports Airports

  • Slot dissatisfaction surfaces at ACI event

    Slot allocation was a source of heated debate at the ACI Airport Economics & Finance Conference in London on 12–14 March, after speakers in a panel discussion on capacity criticised the market structure and the apparent powerlessness of airport authorities to influence it.


  • UTM technologies make an impression at Madrid show

    More than 40 UTM presentations at World ATM Congress included new airspace authorisation tools and procedures that will open up airspace to UAS operators over the next few months The experiences of the December 2018 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) disruption at Gatwick Airport are still painfully

Equipment Equipment

  • Passengers continue to embrace self-service, says SITA report

    The 13th annual SITA Passenger IT Insights study, published in late February, shows that air travellers have a positive opinion overall on self-service technology for a seamless journey. The report described higher customer satisfaction with the use of self-scanning passport gates, mobile alerts,

Security Security

  • Blast protection system avoids risk of glass debris

    UK-based Pure Vista has developed a frameless balustrade system for glass panels that essentially remain in place, whether they are hit by bullets or blast waves. Director Adam Oakes said that Pure Vista products have been earmarked for potential use in the refurbishment of Heathrow Terminal 4, and