• CGH expands European footprint

    CGH Technologies continues to support the ICAO strategic objective of moving from paper-based to digital aeronautical information. The cloud-based ASSET platform from CGH supports Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) services for customers such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and

  • CSRA aids FAA on data management

    CSRA – formed in 2015 by a merger between SRA International and the public sector business of CSC – is deepening its involvement in significant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) engineering support programmes. In October 2017, for example, the FAA awarded CSRA a 12-year, USD677

  • DHS issues new tranche of baggage x-ray research contracts

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded four research and development (R&D) contracts to improve threat detection in x-ray baggage screening. “We are addressing current, ongoing, and upcoming capability gaps with a three-pronged

  • Grayling and Walsh sound bullish on Brexit

    The UK aviation community has cause for optimism over its post-Brexit prospects, according to speakers at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) conference – but others remain more pessimistic. UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and IAG CEO Willie Walsh each sounded positive

  • Rohde & Schwarz body scanner gains US certification

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has certified the QPS200 body scanner from Rohde & Schwarz. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) certification paves the way for QPS200 units to be deployed at US airport checkpoints. Already certified by the European Civil Aviation Conference

  • EU auditors examine effectiveness of passenger rights

    The Luxembourg-based European Court of Auditors (ECA) is assessing the effectiveness of air passenger rights in European Union (EU) countries. The EU financial watchdog will determine whether the laws themselves have proved useful, are being enforced properly, and if their operation has been

  • IONSCAN 600 meets exacting US air cargo trace detection requirements

    The IONSCAN 600 has become the first explosives trace detector to pass the latest stringent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certification tests in the United States, manufacturer Smiths Detection announced on 16 November. The TSA updated its Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL)

  • Miyazaki PBB project nears completion

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co Ltd (MHI-TES) has almost completed a project to install five passenger boarding bridges at Miyazaki Airport in Japan. Installation work began in September, and all five PBBs will be in place by December 2017 to

  • Pune greenfield could alleviate Mumbai capacity crunch

    The Chambers of Commerce in Pune is urging private companies to participate in plans to build a new greenfield airport, after the Indian military rejected a proposed Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport on a 2,400 ha site in Purandar, some 40 km away from the city. A letter from the

  • Sealed off: bearded intruder blocks Alaskan runway

    Airfield operations staff at the northernmost airport in the United States were confronted with a rare challenge in late October, when they had to remove a 450 lb(204 kg) bearded seal from the runway. The seal was discovered lying placidly on the tarmac, preventing flights taking off and landing at

  • Sensors track satisfaction with toilet facilities

    Airports in the United States are collecting data on the cleanliness of their lavatories, amid broader efforts to ensure the best possible passenger experience, staff allocation, and customer service. For example, on 16 November the Houston Airport System (HAS) began implementing measures to

  • TLD wins KLM electric loader contest

    Dutch flag carrier KLM will start replacing its lower deck loader fleet in early 2018 as part of its green strategy. The airline (part of Air France-KLM) will move to a fully electric fleet of cargo loaders having formally selected TLD as a supplier following an almost year-long performance

  • CSCEC-OHL talks reach a dead end

    Discussions about a possible take-over of infrastructure group and airport concessionaire OHL by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) have ended, the Spanish company announced on 14 November. "The conversations with CSCEC are not continuing,” financial director

  • Disused Ellenikon feels the weight of history

    The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) in the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports has ruled that a 30 ha area in Ellenikon International Airport should be protected from redevelopment to conserve historic artefacts. Ellenikon served as the international airport for Athens before it closed in

  • Materna seeks larger footprint in the Americas

    Having already established itself in the European market, Materna continues to extend its brand across North America, into Latin America, and across the Pacific. Rita LaDouceur, Materna airport solutions manager–America, mentioned a recent sale in Mexico to an unnamed customer. Speaking to

  • NATS lends expertise to ENAIRE at Barcelona

    UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS has signed an agreement with its Spanish counterpart ENAIRE to improve traffic flows at Barcelona International Airport. Announcing the move on 13 November, ENAIRE said “NATS’ understanding of operational environments with high traffic

  • Strikers head into San José

    Mineta San José International Airport has secured a USD1.3 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to purchase two new aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) vehicles from Oshkosh Airport Products. Entering service in November were one 670hp Striker 4x4 vehicle, and one larger

  • Syracuse modernisation begins

    The first phase of construction work is underway to upgrade Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The USD48.8 million project is scheduled to be completed by late 2018. It involves the redesign and reconstruction of the terminal building, which will expand by 14,500 ft 2 with improved food,

  • US and Europe insist on quieter aircraft

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released new Stage 5 Airplane Noise Standards, insisting that new designs of subsonic aircraft are at least 7 dB quieter than aircraft in airline fleets today. From 31 December, the FAA will only allow aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of

  • Abu Dhabi MTB to open in late 2019, says chairman

    The chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports has said the new midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport will open in the fourth quarter of 2019, well past the original target of 2017. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar said 86% of construction work for the 742,000 m 2 , USD2.94 billion Midfield Terminal