• ERA starts Saudi ADS-B rollout

    ERA has begun work with a local subcontractor to install its NEO system for nationwide ADS-B coverage in Saudi Arabia, under a contract signed with Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) in April. The 18-month Kingdom Wide ADS-B and Afif WAM project also includes wide area multilateration (WAM)

  • Insufficient oversight casts shadow over TSA behavioural detection

    There is no specific mechanism in place to check whether Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behavioural screening staff are unlawfully profiling passengers, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned. The TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, do

  • Mobile app accelerates equipment fault logging

    IT support provider ESP Global Services has launched a mobile app for fast fault reporting and rapid deployment of engineers to repair self-service kiosks and other terminal equipment. The ESP Self-Service app will be deployed in a pilot scheme at UK hub Heathrow in the coming weeks, and a

  • Space-based ADS-B brings North Atlantic benefits

    Early results show the Aireon programme is proving its worth First results from the new Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) services using 66 orbiting transponders reveal significant gains in fuel efficiency and environmental impact for airspace users. Air

  • United shifts to new-look LaGuardia Terminal B

    United Airlines moved its New York LaGuardia operations to the new Terminal B concourse and opened a new lounge on 2 June. Five new gates enable United to operate about 40 flights a day in the new eastern concourse of Terminal B at LaGuardia, which is undergoing a USD8 billion overhaul. Sixteen of

  • Vienna trials flywheel energy storage for fast electric charging

    Austrian utilities company Wien Energie is working with Vienna Airport to test the first electric charging station to apply flywheel energy storage technology. Trials at the new charging station in the short-term arrivals car park are scheduled to finish at the end of this year. The system was

  • Beirut adopts Upsolut

    Beirut-Rafic Hariri in Lebanon has become the 16th international airport worldwide to install the Upsolut parking guidance system from INDECT. A total of 142 camera sensors are monitoring 640 car park spaces. “The system has proven so successful, the airport has plans to install additional

  • China moves towards 4D TBO

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) have held a workshop on 4D trajectory-based operations (TBO) and new air traffic management (ATM) technologies, under the aegis of the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP). CAAC aims to

  • Sierra Leone regulator looks to CAAi for safety oversight support

    The ICAO Safety Fund is financing a project by CAA International (CAAi), the technical co-operation division of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, to help the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) strengthen its regulatory oversight. On 30 May, shortly after the 18-week project began, CAAi

  • Studio ORD to design O’Hare Global Terminal

    The City of Chicago has awarded the Studio ORD joint venture (JV) the USD160 million lead architect contract to design the USD8.5 billion Global Terminal and Global Concourse at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The contract was awarded after a competitive tender under the O’Hare 21

  • EU approves UAV safety regulation

    The EU Council of Ministers has accepted a new European Commission regulation for safe unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations. According to a statement from the Council, the main purpose of the regulation is to ensure a high quality of “drone design, engines, propellers and parts, as well

  • European carriers improve Chinese slot access

    A deal between the Chinese government and the European Union (EU) will give European airlines easier access to slots at airports in mainland China. Until now, this was restricted to airlines owned by a company in an EU member state that has a bilateral deal with China. The new deal means that all

  • Hamburg doubles up with Materna

    Hamburg Airport has doubled the number of Materna IPS self-bag drop (SBD) units in Terminal 1 (T1). There are now 20 SBD kiosks at the German airport for use by passengers flying with Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, Air France-KLM, Eurowings, and easyJet. “Other

  • Inmarsat event explores civil BVLOS uses for SATCOM platform

    Inmarsat and Cobham have teamed up with five industry stakeholders to conduct civil aviation trials of the Cobham Aviator UAV 200 satellite communications (SATCOM) platform. Aviator UAV 200, which has been used by military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) since 2017, is a small, lightweight SATCOM

  • The Voyage Team offers PIKSIE chatbot for passenger assistance

    Piksel Group company The Voyage Team has developed a virtual assistant chatbot called PIKSIE to provide information for passengers at airports. “Our chatbot is a smart solution that can process an array of information, including flight status and tracking, service information, or wait-times

  • Evolution is the name of the game for ACI carbon accreditation

    The Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme is in robust shape as it enters its second decade – but change is necessary Ten years after it was launched in Europe in June 2009, the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has spread worldwide to include 264

  • German JV addresses UTM

    The Droniq joint venture (JV) between DFS and Deutsche Telekom is to begin operations in late 2019, after obtaining clearance from the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt). The JV uses expertise from Deutsche Telekom with mobile communication networks to create an unmanned aircraft

  • Schulte strikes a bullish tone at Fraport AGM

    Attendees at the Fraport annual general meeting (AGM) on 28 May heard how its international business contributed strongly to financial performance in 2018, while demand at core asset Frankfurt continued to grow strongly. “We can look back on a very successful 2018,” said Fraport

  • Vanderlande to revamp Brussels BHS

    Vanderlande is to conduct a major baggage-handling system (BHS) overhaul at Brussels Airport. The project, announced on 28 May, is part of a 20-year framework contract agreed between Vanderlande and Brussels Airport Company in March. Vanderlande is working closely with ENGIE Fabricom Airport

  • Vitosha bid for Sofia includes sports stadium

    The Vitosha consortium, comprising Manchester Airports Group (MAG) of the UK and its Chinese partner Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), has released details of its bid for the concession to run Sofia Airport in Bulgaria. Proposed investment of EUR1.5 billion (USD1.7 billion) in the