• Airbus releases results of UAM survey

    Airbus on 11 February published the findings of a study on public perceptions of urban air mobility (UAM). A survey was issued in Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Zealand, and Switzerland, generating a total of 1,540 responses. Airbus conducted the study after it released its UTM roadmap in September

  • Foundation laid at long-awaited Holongi

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of a newly approved greenfield airport at Holongi, south of Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. The Ministry of Civil Aviation finally cleared the proposal in December 2018, after the project stayed on the drawing board

  • Interview: Ben Marcus, Chairman AirMap

    Safety and security aspects associated with operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) remain in the public eye after a spate of high-profile temporary airport shutdowns, most recently on 15 February at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Industry and regulators are co-operating

  • Myanmar strives to develop

    More must be done to liberalise the air transport market in Myanmar, a government minister has admitted. Speaking recently in Mumbai during an aviation summit, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo noted that the aviation sector in Myanmar “has not fared too well, partly

  • Atlanta retains top spot for traffic in 2018

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta set a new traffic record in 2018 with 107.3 million passengers, beating its previous best by 3.3%. Beijing Capital International also made history as only the second airport to break the 100 million passenger mark, thanks to a significant 5.4% increase from 2017. This

  • CALKITs set for Yukon

    ARC Aviation Renewables is to supply two CALKITs for Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport in Yukon, northern Canada. The portable LED airfield lighting systems from AGI Metalite will be commissioned in late March 2019. CALKIT is housed in a road-going trailer and is designed to be

  • Greenfield plan addresses Jeju constraints

    The South Korean government is to invest USD4.35 billion on building a second international airport for Jeju. The greenfield airport – with one terminal and a single runway – will have annual capacity for 25 million passengers. It will occupy a 500 ha site in the rural area of Seongsan,

  • Las Vegas deals out card deck app for hidden disabilities

    Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is addressing the needs of passengers with hidden disabilities, such as autism, by becoming the first airport in the United States to introduce the MagnusCards mobile app. Developed by Canadian company Magnusmode, the app is available for free download on

  • Pittsburgh gears up for TMP

    Pittsburgh International is preparing to launch its USD1.1 billion Terminal Modernization Program (TMP), which will consolidate the separate landside and airside terminals into a single two-level facility. Jane’s understands that construction is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019,

  • TSA stats show 2018 was another year of the gun

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) set a new unwanted record in 2018 for firearm confiscations at US airport checkpoints. A total of 4,239 firearms were detected at 249 checkpoints around the US, marking a 7% increase compared with 2017. US airport firearms discoveries since 2008

  • Upgrade will resurrect Laokan

    The government of the Philippines plans to invest USD10 million on upgrading and then reopening Laokan Airport, near Baguio. Work is expected to begin later in 2019, although no definite timescale has been released. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) official Edmund Perez said that

  • ASEAN open skies motivate Laos

    Aviation infrastructure in Laos is being upgraded in line with the continued evolution of the liberalised single aviation market (SAM) in the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). “By investing in infrastructure and [a regulatory] framework, we are drafting a seamless

  • British Airways helps with JFK T8 upgrade costs

    British Airways (BA) is investing USD65 million towards the Terminal 8 upgrade at New York JFK, in line with his plans to relocate from Terminal 7 by 2022. The USD344 million T8 upgrade is being overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. BA will share the new-look terminal with

  • CAA reveals sharp rise in airspace infringements

    Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), released via its Airspace Safety Initiative on 13 February, noted a 17% increase in total reported airspace infringement incidents in 2018. The 1,358 incidents in 2018 (compared to 1,162 in 2017), included 991 in controlled airspace, defined by

  • FAA invites public comment on proposed UAS regulations

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is consulting the public on its proposed new rules for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the National Airspace System. The deadline for responses is 15 April. In an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), released on 13

  • Altitude Angel replaces AirMap as UTM provider for DJI

    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer DJI has selected Altitude Angel to provide its GuardianUTM platform for enhanced, real-time mapping data on 32 European countries. The GuardianUTM solution, which replaces a system from AirMap, enables DJI to extend the functionality of its geofencing

  • Big-spending Kuwait underlines dependence on international expertise

    The Kuwaiti government intends to invest USD20 billion on modernising and expanding aviation infrastructure over the next two decades. The president of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sheikh Salem Al-Humoud, said in January that Kuwait can only achieve its objectives with close

  • Clariant reports strong 2018 despite slow European aviation demand in Q4

    Clariant on 13 February reported a 5% increase in full-year 2018 sales to CHF6.62 billion, and a 18% surge in net profit to CHF356 million. The improved performance from the Switzerland-based chemicals group was driven partly by organic growth across the organisation. Sales in the Care Chemicals

  • Swedish ASAS project trials UAVs for perimeter fence monitoring

    Research continues in Sweden on fully autonomous airport operations, with a new project at Örnsköldsvik Airport that also involves Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Swedish air navigation service provider LFV, industry group Swedish Regional Airports, and FlyPulse. The Airport

  • Georgia gears regulations for growth

    The government of Georgia has laid down a regulatory framework to support aviation infrastructure expansion, as tourism to the former Soviet republic increases and new airlines establish services. The three international airports in the country (main gateway Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi) handled 5