• AI software could improve CT scanners

    Artifical intelligence (AI)-based x-ray inspection software from South Korea-based JLK Inspection is being adapted to work with computed tomography (CT) scanners for checkpoint screening. The JSS-01K can detect electronic items such as laptops, smartphones, hard disks, USB sticks, and tablets even

  • BBX delivers more than meets the eye

    Tarmac has launched a new explosive- and ballistic-proof concrete block for critical infrastructure protection. Named BBX, the block has the appearance of a standard concrete block but “incorporates some clever materials that allow it to absorb either a projectile or a blast”, noted

  • Bristol receives new digital flight strip system

    Bristol Airport in the UK has begun using a new digital flight strip system from NATS. The Hub and Spoke Electronic Flight Progress Strip (EFPS) system incorporates tower and approach services at Bristol. Hub and Spoke systems link to centralised data servers, removing the need for each airport

  • IMS scanners boost security

    Netherlands-based Eye on Air has developed two new ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) scanners for airport security. The Air Brush shoe scanner will probably be deployed operationally in an inline system, according to mechanical engineer Jos Beers. It will initially be used to randomly sample

  • Time may be ripe for airport loyalty programmes

    While airlines have long profited from their frequent flyer loyalty programmes, airports have been slow to adopt them Since their introduction in the 1980s, frequent flyer programmes have become a standard feature of modern travel, but until now a fear of competing with airlines has stopped

  • Curtain rises on Cranfield digital tower

    A new digital remote control tower began live operations at Cranfield Airport in the UK on 13 December 2018. Shadow mode operations in the existing ageing tower at Cranfield will continue for a few months while the airport completes the transition in a joint effort with the UK Civil Aviation

  • IATA urges better balance on concessions

    Wider stakeholder participation and better alignment of different interests will allow for better airport concessions with more positive results, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) argued in a report issued on 12 December. Its ‘Balanced Concessions for the Airport

  • IER builds bespoke check-in application for Air Serbia

    IER is deploying a dedicated ALISS self-service check-in application imminently for Air Serbia passengers at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade. ALISS can be accessed from any common-use self-service kiosk. In addition to a specific interface built for the Air Serbia check-in application, the airline

  • Van Don prepares for 30 December opening

    Phase I of the first new airport in Vietnam to be developed in a build-operate-transfer concession is scheduled to open on 30 December 2018. Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province, north Vietnam, includes a 27,000 m 2 passenger terminal and a single 3,600 x 45 m runway, with a Cat II

  • Research trio launch XL CargoDrones innovation centre

    The University of Twente, NLR-Netherland Aerospace Centre, and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences have announced the release of a research centre on unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA). Speaking at the Amsterdam Drone Week, the three institutes announced that the XL CargoDrones innovation

  • Toronto uses Hexagon software to streamline operations

    The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is to adopt software from Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure to improve incident and work management across the 400 or so companies operating at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA will use a computer-aided dispatch system, records

  • UK and Canada conclude bilateral deal

    The UK has reached a new air services arrangement with Canada for continued flights between the two nations after the UK leaves the European Union (EU). The deal will replace the existing EU–Canada aviation agreement, and ensures that airlines operating from the UK will maintain the same

  • Canine CCSF scheme certifies first company

    Following registration and the subsequent certification with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Cargo Screening K9 Alliance has become the first company to include a canine team in the Certified Cargo Screening Facility- Canine (CCSF-K9) programme. CCSF-K9 fulfils a requirement in

  • Dnata snaps up bd4travel

    Airport services provider dnata (Dubai National Air Transport Association) has acquired a majority stake in bd4travel (Big Data for Travel), which provides artificial intelligence-driven IT systems. The acquisition is effective immediately, with no interruption to the services offered by bd4travel.

  • Cobus pursues green bus sales in North America

    Cobus hopes to spark sales of battery-powered airport passenger buses in North America through development of a second vehicle model. Cobus Industries (the US subsidiary of the German manufacturer) continues to see brisk sales of its conventional apron buses in the US, and it has sold its E.COBUS

  • Glasgow buys Rosenbauer vehicles

    Glasgow Airport in the UK has added to its fleet of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles with three new Panther 6×6s from Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer. The value of the deal was undisclosed. Performance characteristics of the Panther 6×6 include a 750-hp engine, a top

  • IATA calls for greater clarity on Brexit plans

    Both the European Union (EU) and the British government need to provide more details on contingency plans for Britain’s increasingly likely chaotic exit from the EU, International Air Transport Association (IATA) officials told its annual media gathering in Geneva on December 12. IATA flagged

  • Canada pioneers EoR implementation

    The Established on RNP-AR (EoR) separation standard laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) was introduced for the first time in November, by Nav Canada at Calgary International Airport. EoR enables simultaneous arrivals on parallel runways, and it also facilitates quieter

  • TSA is on the right track but must do better on cargo security, says GAO

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has assessed progress made by the Transportation Security Administarion (TSA) in assessing and mitigating air cargo security risks. GAO investigators found that TSA inspectors consistently followed procedures, and airlines were in full compliance with

  • Brandenburg to strengthen cargo infrastructure

    The long-delayed Berlin Brandenburg International Airport is to build three new freight facilities and use a new, longer runway to boost its cargo profile, an official at operator FBB has told Jane’s . Torsten Jueling, FBB air cargo product manager, said that express freight forwarders FedEx,