• EASA to draft European ground-handling safety plan

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has asked a group of experts to draw up draft safety controls for ground-handling services across the European Union (EU). Changes to the EASA founding regulation, which entered into force in September 2018, authorise the agency to create rules and

  • Embross displays versatile bag drop

    Embross exhibited both variants of its new-generation Velocity Bagdrop at Passenger Terminal Expo in London on 26–28 March. Two airports in Saudi Arabia – Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International in Medina and King Khalid International in Riyadh – have already deployed the

  • Eye on Air awaits certification after shoe scanner trial

    Netherlands-based Eye on Air expects a market launch of its explosives detection shoe scanner in the next six months, Jane’s learned during the 2019 Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) in London on 26–28 March. The Air Brush ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) system has already undergone a

  • Neighbourhood watch: Greece and North Macedonia co-operate on airspace surveillance

    The defence ministries of Greece and the newly renamed Republic of North Macedonia have reached an agreement allowing Greece to monitor civilian air traffic in its northern neighbour’s airspace. During a visit on 2 April to the North Macedonian capital Skopje, Greek Prime Minister Alexis

  • Spanish developer improves biometric data encryption

    Informática El Corte Inglés is looking at airport applications for a solution that meets all criteria demanded by EU authorities for the encryption of biometric data. Engineering and analytics consultant Rafael Álvarez argued that some providers of self-service technology for

  • Rohde & Schwarz explores satellite-based communications for Singapore

    Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) is planning a concept of operations for satellite-based very-high frequency (VHF) voice communications for oceanic air traffic management (ATM) applications. Under a collaboration agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the German company will

  • Trials typify Indian trend for biometric processing

    Major privately run airports in India, including Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, are set to launch facial recognition trials for faster passenger processing by the end of 2019. Initial trials are under way on airport personnel and aircrew. Supporters of the technology say it will reduce major

  • Glasgow spaceport obtains new funding

    Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport will receive a share of a GBP80 million (USD105 million) funding pot next year to potentially build two hangars and office and industrial facilities. Glasgow Prestwick wants to host space launch system providers that need a runway, either to air-launch their rocket from

  • Commission preparing for likely hard Brexit and aviation contingency measures

    The European Commission is bracing for the “very likely” eventuality of a so-called hard Brexit on 12 April where the UK leaves the European Union with no deal in place, meaning the EU will on 13 April immediately invoke its contingency plans to mitigate disruptions to air service

  • Norway considers autonomous methods for perimeter monitoring

    Avinor is aiming to evaluate the potential of autonomous technology, such as machine-vision tools or unmanned aerial vehicles, to enhance perimeter security at its airports. The operator of 44 Norwegian airports is hosting an information meeting on 12 April for potential technology suppliers.

  • NZ-Canada collaboration bears fruit in Vancouver

    Glidepath expects to add four more CHECKiTXpress self-bag drop (SBD) units to the 10 in use since early 2018 at launch customer Vancouver International Airport, company executives told Jane’s at the Passenger Terminal Expo in London on 26–28 March. CHECKiTXpress was co-developed by New

  • RunWize comes to China

    Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) is to adopt the RunWize runway management solution for foreign object debris (FOD) detection, Israeli manufacturer Xsight Systems announced on 3 April. Jane’s understands that about 120 RunWize sensors will be installed along the east runway at

  • SITA supports situational awareness at Billy Bishop Toronto City

    Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners, owner of the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in Canada, has ordered SITA Airport Management software to improve operational efficiency. The cloud-based IT toolkit will be rolled out in phases, beginning in the second quarter of

  • Space-based ADS-B benefits North Atlantic flights in initial operations

    Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) became fully operational for the first time on 2 April 2019, as an oceanic airspace trial began over the North Atlantic. “Already we can see better routing and altitudes for airspace users,” Nav Canada CEO Neil Wilson said

  • Black Box connects virtual infrastructure

    Black Box Deutschland has developed an application that provides software connectivity to virtual machines to support administrators or maintenance activity. Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) and visualisation systems from the company are already used by airports worldwide to provide switching, extension,

  • Gatwick embraces telematics to reduce airfield accidents

    Telematics is being added to all 2,600 airside vehicles at Gatwick as the UK airport aims to cut airfield accidents by 25%. The telematic devices on ground-support equipment and other airside vehicles, provided by Ortus Group, will enter service in May to record location, speed, and braking data.

  • Smiths Detection to supply Chubu Centrair

    Central Japan International Airport Co. Ltd has selected Smiths Detection to provide x-ray inspection equipment and smart checkpoint lanes for Chubu Centrair International Airport. The deployment includes a series of automated lanes, x-ray scanners, and computed tomography (CT) scanners for

  • Thales explores possibilities with Micro-X

    Thales Group and Micro-X have formed an alliance to sell the latter’s mobile backscatter imager and develop a new airport checkpoint security system. Micro-X has developed a range of products based on its carbon nanotube emitter technologies, which enable the miniaturisation of x-ray

  • ADB SAFEGATE unveils real-time maintenance support tool

    ADB SAFEGATE launched a new Airside Location-Based Inspection and Service (ALIS) solution for scheduling and tracking airside maintenance actions in March. The cloud-based platform is used to register airside assets using GPS data, schedule and track maintenance, and record these tasks as they are

  • Atg supports RAF base

    UK specialist airfield ground lighting manufacturer atg airports completed replacement of cabling and transformers at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton in March under an Amey Defence Services contract to upgrade runway and taxiway infrastructure. The manufacturer installed temporary stand-alone