• Inter-FAB workshop shines a light on airspace fragmentation

    Academics, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), regulators, trade unions, and airspace users met at the Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance workshop in Budapest on 14–15 May. Faced with a forecasted 50% increase in traffic by 2040 and rising delays in the upper

  • Cambridge Pixel adds audio to RDR

    Sensor processing and display software developer Cambridge Pixel has augmented its multifunction real time data recorder (RDR) with the addition of audio capture, to support air traffic controller training and incident analysis. The RDR is a record-and-replay solution for control centres that

  • FAA invites comments on revised AC for aircraft towing

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a draft revision of its Advisory Circular (AC) on towing aircraft, following collisions and runway incursions involving pushback and tow tugs. The FAA is accepting comments on the draft revision until 13 June. The AC was first published almost

  • UK extends e-gate eligibility

    Visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are able to use e-gates and juxtaposed controls on arrival at UK airports, as the UK government attempts to accelerate border control for citizens from low-risk countries. In total, the seven countries

  • US suspends flights to Venezuela

    Passenger and cargo services between the US and Venezuela have been suspended on the orders of the US federal government. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said on 15 May that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring

  • Words from the wise advise Europe

    Pressure mounts for faster action on boosting capacity Several hard-hitting studies published in the first half of 2019 call for changes in the way air navigation services are delivered in Europe. They target slow progress towards the Single European Sky (SES) and issue recommendations for air

  • Auckland announces airfield extension

    Auckland International Airport in New Zealand is expanding its airfield into unused land near the international terminal. Earthmoving work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, airport officials announced on 21 May. Covering 250,000 m 2 , the project is planned for completion by 2022 to

  • Dallas/Fort Worth and American unveil Terminal F plans

    A sixth passenger terminal will be added at Dallas/Fort Worth International for American Airlines, officials from the two organisations announced on 20 May, adding that design work will begin immediately. Terminal F – to be built on a site south of Terminal D – will include up to 24

  • FAA tightens rules for UAV hobbyists

    New restrictions are being introduced for recreational use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United States. In line with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, flights in controlled airspace near airports now require prior approval from the FAA. This replaces

  • Going but not gone: A380 maintains a pulse for hubs

    Major international airports are unlikely to be adversely affected by the Airbus announcement that it will cease production of the large widebody Hub airports are assessing the potential consequences of the decision by Airbus to cancel production from 2021 of its A380 large widebody. Faced with a

  • Six play in CAA Innovation Sandbox

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on 21 May announced the first six participants in its Innovation Sandbox, which is a virtual space for demonstrating and testing emerging concepts. The organisations are Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS with Searidge Technologies, the National BVLOS Experimentation

  • Zipline targets expansion

    San Francisco-based Zipline is moving ahead with plans to introduce its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery service in the US by the end of this year. The startup, which is valued at USD1.2 billion by financial analysts CNBC, uses UAVs to deliver medical supplies including blood, vaccines, and

  • Chengdu Tianfu to include Rohde & Schwarz communications equipment

    The Southwest Regional Air Traffic Management Bureau (SWATMB) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered more than 240 R&S Series 4200 VHF/UHF radios from Rohde & Schwarz for installation at the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. Constantin von Reden,

  • GOF U-space demonstrations set to start in June

    The multi-stakeholder SESAR Joint Undertaking Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space project in Estonia and Finland will begin to demonstrate advanced operational scenarios for unmanned aerial system traffic management (UTM). A programme of eight operational tests starts on 4 June in Helsinki, with police

  • Jersey and Sweden remote towers make more headway

    Remote tower initiatives in Sweden and the British Isles reached significant milestones on 20 May. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) stated that it has been officially certified by the Swedish Transport Agency as a provider of air traffic services; and Ports of Jersey announced that it has

  • ADP engineering design subsidiary wins business worldwide

    ADP Ingénierie reports multiple recent contract awards worldwide for terminal and airfield design research, as well as traffic forecasting for international airports. In southeast China Groupe ADP is conducting a study into air traffic and airport capacity in the Hong Kong/Shenzhen area to

  • Confidence returns to Egypt

    Passenger traffic at Egyptian airports is on an upward trajectory after a slump triggered by regime changes and terrorism The appointment of former International Monetary Fund official Rania Al-Mashat as tourism minister in 2018 was the latest move by the Egyptian government to revive its flagging

  • Finnish team trials Runway Snowbot

    Finavia and four other Finnish companies have trialled autonomous snow removal methods and technology for application at airports that experience harsh winter conditions. The Runway Snowbot concept includes pre-programmed and optimised runway snow clearance patterns for an unmanned, autonomous

  • Helsinki opens new West Pier

    The EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) investment programme at Helsinki Airport in Finland passed a milestone on 15 May, when operator Finavia opened the first phase of its forest-themed West Pier. The new infrastructure covers 13,000 m 2 and includes five gates with passenger boarding bridges: two new

  • Eiffage in the picture for Toulouse stake

    Casil Europe is in talks with French civil engineering and construction group Eiffage to sell its 49.99% stake in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Eiffage has a track record in transport infrastructure development in the road and rail sectors, but no prior experience in airport concessions. Casil Europe