• Aireon reveals latest test flight results

    Validation of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system continued in December 2017, with separate test flights by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Nav Canada. Announcing the results on 17 January 2018, Aireon said that the two flights (in the

  • Iraq seeks to generate interest in rebuilding Mosul

    The Iraqi National Investment Commission (NIC) is to present two airport projects to the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq on 12–14 February. The NIC – an agency of the Iraqi government – is seeking overseas investors for rehabilitation and development of

  • Tocumen misses target despite financial improvement

    The operator of Tocumen International Airport in Panama estimates total income of USD245 million for 2017. This would be a 5.6% increase on the 2016 total of USD232 million, albeit USD5 million lower than budgeted. Compared to 2013, revenues have risen by USD100 million while Tocumen continues with

  • UAV problem grows in Portugal

    A total of 37 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airspace proximity incidents were reported near Portuguese airports in 2017. There were no incidents of this kind in 2013 and 2014, but five were recorded in 2015 and 17 in 2016. Legislation prohibits UAVs from flying close to airports, and they must

  • Bhogapuram scheme runs into trouble

    The state government in Andhra Pradesh has cancelled the USD340 million tender to build Bhogapuram International Airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) emerged as the lowest bidder, having offered 30% of revenues from the greenfield airport; GMR Group offered 21.6%. The airport was to have

  • Initial 2017 stats show no fatal large aircraft accidents in EASA region

    Preliminary figures from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) indicate that 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial air transport in Europe. Figures released on 19 January show no fatal accidents or fatalities in large commercial aircraft operations that involved an aircraft

Airports Airports

  • French government cancels Grand Ouest project

    The French government is scrapping controversial plans to build a new airport to serve Nantes in western France, after strong (and occasionally violent) opposition from local activists and environmentalists. The government began to consider a new airport for Brittany in the 1970s, with the


  • Shortlist revealed for Jane’s ATC Awards 2018

    Judges for the Jane’s ATC Awards 2018 have shortlisted entries and allocated categories. Winners and shortlisted nominees will be recognised at a ceremony at 3 pm on 6 March in the Delegate Theatre at World ATM Congress in Madrid. The ATC Awards event is free for all to attend. Below is a

Equipment Equipment

  • Narita begins HOSPI demonstration

    On 15 January, Tokyo Narita began a six-week trial of an autonomous signage robot from Panasonic Corporation. Signage HOSPI includes three displays to provide wayfinding and other useful information to passengers, including advice on what can and cannot be taken on board a flight. It can also

Security Security

  • CBP promises to extend pre-clearance “significantly”

    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aims to continue international development of its pre-clearance border control programme. Today, CBP pre-clearance is in place at 15 airports in six countries. It allows travellers to undergo immigration and customs checks before boarding direct flights to the