• Micro Nav creates solution for budget-constrained ANSPs

    Micro Nav exhibited a new low-cost simulation product for the first time at World ATM Congress in Madrid on 6-8 March. BEST Tower Foundation is fully loaded with the BEST simulation engine, but is geared towards affordability for cost-conscious air navigation service providers (ANSPs). It includes

  • PNR deadline leaves most of Europe grasping at thin air

    Only three EU member states have fully transposed Directive 2016/681 into national law, and most are struggling to establish the technical infrastructure for receiving and processing Passenger Name Record data Most member states in the European Union (EU) will miss the 25 May deadline to begin

  • PTE 2018: Advanced seating solutions take centre stage

    UK-based Zoeftig displayed its Contact seating solution for the first time at Passenger Terminal Expo 2018 (PTE 2018) in Stockholm on 20-22 March. Contact, which includes a retrofittable or removable armrest, is manufactured with the glass-filled polymer that is unique to Zoeftig. Design,

  • Sydney seeks to widen its horizons

    The busiest airport in Australia is pushing for more regional routes as it commits to continued infrastructure spending – and hotel opportunities A significant change took place at Sydney Airport Corporation in January, when Geoff Culbert took the reins as CEO following the departure of

  • ALES showcases new products

    ICZ Group company ALES exhibited two new products at World ATM Congress in Madrid on 6-8 March: a prototype height-adjustable air traffic controller console with RFID contactless login and memory function, and a new version of the LETVIS SIM simulator. ALES developed the new (as yet unnamed)

  • Cognitec grows FaceVACS customer base

    Germany-based Cognitec reports sales of its FaceVACS-Entry facial recognition pillar to Austria and the Czech Republic for automated passport control, using the same basic configuration as earlier installations at multiple airports in Germany under the EasyPASS programme. In 2017, Cognitec also

  • Goldhofer seeks to spark US interest

    Goldhofer exhibited at the ARFF Leadership Conference for the first time on 26 February–1 March, as it pursues opportunities in the United States for its range of airport ground support equipment (GSE). Goldhofer Sales Manager Lukas Filser told Jane’s that attending the meeting in

  • Hensoldt and Raytheon form strategic alliance

    Two strongly competitive radar manufacturers began a new chapter in air traffic control surveillance, after Hensoldt and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement on 6 March during World ATM Congress in Madrid. Both companies bring decades of experience in global air traffic control as they embark on

  • SESAR website measures progress on deployment

    The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) introduced a new interactive website during World ATM Congress in March 2018, giving details of completed research projects and their associated benefits. The website is due to go live in the coming weeks. “We’ve seen high investment of EUR2.5 billion

  • Spanish government announces plans for Madrid-Barajas expansion

    A new EUR1.57 billion (USD1.93 billion) master plan for development of Madrid-Barajas was unveiled by Spanish Development Minister Íñigo de la Serna on 20 March. When completed in 2026, the project aims to boost capacity by 10 million to 80 million passengers a year, with an emphasis on

  • Dusseldorf lifts PRM performance

    Dusseldorf in Germany will be the first airport to trial the PaxLift XL purpose-built transporter for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM). Baumann, the Italy-based manufacturer, says that PaxLift XL is the first PRM-handling unit to overcome the disadvantages of traditional modified ambulifts.

  • Airstar boosts airside efficiency

    Birmingham, Bristol, Southend, and other UK regional airports have deployed the Airstar platform from Woodstar Software to monitor and record airside operational duties. Two large airport operators are currently looking at the application, and Woodstar Software reported strong interest at the

  • El Al buys more CTX 5800s

    Israeli airline El Al has ordered 11 Smiths Detection CTX 5800 hold baggage screening systems. The machines will be deployed by late 2017 by Smiths Detection and its local partner Hyper-Tech Advanced Systems, at airports in France, Germany, Thailand, the UK, and the US. The value of the follow-on

  • Katz hails Open Skies success as Ben Gurion opens upgraded T1

    Israeli transport minister Israel Katz officially opened the newly renovated Terminal 1 (T1) at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on 19 June 2017, in the presence of foreign dignitaries and senior Israel Airports Authority (IAA) officials. Among those present were representatives of some

  • NATS swoops for major stake in Searidge

    Remote tower and digital air traffic management (ATM) systems specialist Searidge Technologies is under new ownership, after NATS Services Ltd and Nav Canada formally signed a 50:50 acquisition on 5 May 2017.

  • Paine Field courts airlines

    Propeller Airports, a subsidiary of New York-based Propeller Investments, has selected Fentress Architects to design a new passenger terminal at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. While Paine currently only serves general aviation, Propeller Airports hopes that construction of the terminal would

  • Explosions at Brussels airport and metro highlight elevated risk of co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Western European cities

    On 22 March 2016, at approximately 08:00 local time, two explosions occurred at the departures area of Brussels' main airport, Zaventem. Reports on fatalities at the time of writing range between 13 and 17, but the final number is likely to be higher as 35 people have been severely wounded. Media

  • PTE 2016: Siemens maintains Kuala Lumpur BHS

    Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) is to maintain the tray-based baggage-handling system (BHS) used at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. Siemens is supporting high-level and low-level IT controls for the BHS under one extended service contract, and the company is

  • Terminal designers blend technology with psychology

    Design concepts leverage smart technology for optimum self-service, but human factors remain significant Design changes in the airport of the future will extend beyond the superficial appearance of terminal buildings and seating - other far more subtle changes lie ahead. Cutting-edge technology is

  • Judging panel assesses entries for IHS Jane’s ATC Awards 2016

    Nominations have closed for the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016, and the independent panel of judges is now shortlisting the 46 entries. Winning organisations will be honoured in a ceremony in Madrid on 7 March 2016, held during the CANSO ATM Dinner before World ATM Congress. “Since 2001, the