• Groupe ADP invests in Innov’ATM

    ADP Invest – a startup investment fund run by French airport operator Groupe ADP – has bought a stake in Innov’ATM, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to optimise traffic flows on the airport surface and in the air. Working with investment fund Irdinov, Groupe ADP now

  • Tests begin at second US remote tower

    Northern Colorado Regional Airport became the second US facility to begin testing remote tower technology in October 2018, following installation of an intelligent video surveillance solution from Searidge Technologies under a contract awarded by Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the Federal

  • Welsh researchers shine a light on concealed items

    Cardiff Airport in the UK is hosting trials of a new terahertz-based passenger scanner on 4–7 December 2018. The purpose of the trial is for industry, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority, and other UK government bodies (including Border

  • AOT profits soar on low-cost boom

    Airports of Thailand (AOT) posted a 21.69% increase in profits to THB25.17 billion (USD764 million), from revenues of THB60.53 million, for the year ended 30 September 2018. In an official report published on its website, AOT noted that rapid expansion of the low-cost airline industry has seen

  • Boeing and SparkCognition take next step

    Boeing and SparkCognition are exploring the future of urban aerial mobility by launching a new company called SkyGrid. The move comes four months after the two companies announced at the Farnborough Airshow that they would invest in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies for

  • Collaboration underpins Mongolian strategy

    Strong traffic growth prompts the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia to upgrade CNS/ATM systems and improve cross-border airspace management Air passenger traffic in Mongolia rose by 22% in 2017 to reach a record 1.25 million, of which 79% were on international flights. The Civil Aviation

  • Interview: Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, VChain

    UK-based software company VChain has developed a blockchain-powered system for passenger identity verification. Its Identity Management Platform functions as a high-fidelity passenger record tool for airlines and airports, according to chief executive officer (CEO) Irra Ariella Khi. “If you

  • Sensors trigger real-time bio-attack alerts

    Air Techniques International (ATI) is offering US airport authorities sensors to detect spores, bacteria, viruses, and toxins such as anthrax. Discussions are under way, although no contracts had been confirmed at the time of writing. ATI has already supplied sensors for the Pentagon, the Statue of

  • LaGuardia unveils new Terminal B concourse

    New York LaGuardia opened a new 11-gate concourse in Terminal B on 1 December, as part of a broader overhaul to add 72 gates in six concourses as well as two new arrival and departure halls. The new USD4 billion Terminal B replaces an obsolete terminal dating from the 1960s. It will have 35 gates,

  • Collins Aerospace emerges from UTC/Rockwell Collins deal

    The multibillion-dollar acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies (UTC), approved by regulators in late November, will result in a new Collins Aerospace Systems business that includes self-bag drop, check-in, and identity management systems for airport passenger processing. Collins

  • US begins en route datalink trials

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has started deploying the en route portion of the USD331 million Datalink Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) programme awarded to a Harris-led team in 2012. This follows completion of the ground portion in 2016, which enables pilots and controllers to

  • US urges adoption of global PNR standard in 2019

    A senior US counter-terrorism official has called for Passenger Name Record (PNR) systems to be standardised on a global basis by the end of 2019. Nathan Sales, ambassador-at-large in the US Department of State, wants the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to amend Annex 9 and/or

  • PTI launches bridge-mounted power unit

    Power Technology Industries (PTI) has introduced a new passenger boarding bridge- (PBB-) mounted 90 KVA ground power unit (GPU), offering reduced noise and greenhouse gas emissions at the gate. PTI was launched in September as a sister company of Florida-based Verde GSE, which manufactures

  • GASeP timelines should be reviewed, suggests senior ICAO official

    The Middle East regional director of ICAO has called for a new approach to rolling out the 2017 ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP), as member states struggle to meet the initial 2020 deadline for security improvements. “The timelines are very short for some countries, given …

  • Goldhofer continues strategic development

    Ground support equipment (GSE) manufacturer Goldhofer continues to grow internationally, especially in the North American market, as it seeks a broad customer base for a range of new products and services. Airport GSE currently accounts for 40% of the overall Goldhofer business but Lothar Holder,

  • QinetiQ prepares for Asian SPO-NX trial

    The QinetiQ SPO-NX passive millimetre-wave standoff scanner will be trialled at an undisclosed airport in Asia for a week in December 2018. This is a rare airport test of the system, which has been trialled more extensively in a mass transit environment at multiple locations in the United States.

  • Smiths offers CORSYS for cargo and checkpoint security

    Smiths Detection is in discussions with potential airport users of its CORSYS enterprise-level security command centre, with an emphasis on checkpoint and air cargo security. A team at Smiths worked with Hitachi and Microsoft to develop CORSYS, and customers were consulted in the initial scoping

  • Trepel launches electric pushback tractor

    Germany-based Trepel Airport Equipment unveiled a battery-powered aircraft tractor prototype in October during the International Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Expo in Las Vegas. The Challenger 150e is the first in the Trepel line of pushback aircraft tractors to be electrified, and initial

  • UK and US seal post-Brexit open skies deal

    The UK and US governments sealed a new air services agreement on 28 November that will be effective from 29 March 2019 when the UK leaves the European Union (EU). The open skies arrangement replaces an existing EU–US accord. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) stated that the deal

  • Walkthrough terahertz solution could ease landside security headaches, says Chinese developer

    Beijing-based NUCTECH has launched a scanner with the potential to protect landside infrastructure, without the need to install static checkpoints that could restrict passenger flow. The TH1800 terahertz imaging system can scan passengers for concealed weapons and explosives at a minimum range of 3