• Japan pursues 2020 vision for GBAS

    Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS) has reported that it is on schedule to roll out its first fully operational ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) in 2020. JANS launched a programme in October 2016 with NEC and the Electronic Navigation Research Institute to install Cat I GBAS at Tokyo Haneda.

  • Los Angeles receives green light for major electric bus deal

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is to field the largest fleet of electric apron buses in the world, after the Board of Airport Commissioners on 19 April approved a contract for 20 battery-powered vehicles. The 60 ft-long, zero-emission buses will be manufactured by BYD Coach and Bus LLC,

  • Orlando aims to lead the way on full Biometric Entry-Exit deployment

    Orlando International intends to become the first airport in the United States to conduct a full rollout of the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Entry-Exit Program. The board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) announced on18 April that it is investing USD4 million from

  • Tower simulator supports TFDM effort

    UFA Inc is providing its ATTower simulator to support testing, training, and development of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) programme, under a subcontract from Leidos Innovations Corporation. ATTower is being integrated with TFDM to provide surface

  • UK general aviation group urges government to reconsider airfield closures

    A cross-party group of UK parliamentarians has warned that the planned closure of 15 Ministry of Defence (MoD) bases would damage the general aviation (GA) sector, reduce already-stretched capacity, and erode defence capabilities in a time of “uncertainty”. The government intends that

  • Bangkok Airways to adopt GlobalBeacon

    Bangkok Airways is the latest carrier to sign up for the GlobalBeacon service from Aireon and FlightAware. GlobalBeacon combines the capabilities of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) network, scheduled to enter service in late 2018, with the FlightAware

  • Brisbane opens enlarged International Terminal

    After a two-year construction process, the expanded northern International Terminal and apron area at Brisbane Airport in Australia was officially opened on 23 April by acting prime minister Michael McCormack. The AUD135 million (USD103.5 million) expansion – part of a broader AUD3.8 billion

  • BULATSA picks tCAT provider

    Infosystems International has been awarded a contract from Bulgarian air navigation service provider BULATSA to develop and deliver a traffic complexity assessment tool (tCAT) for the Sofia Area Control Centre (ACC). BULATSA received two bids for the BGN3.09 million (about USD1.9 million) tender.

  • Croatian ANSP seeks navaids supplier

    Croatia Control is inviting bids to supply navigation aids for Lošinj and Osijek airports. The Croatian air navigation service provider (ANSP) is spending HRK3 million (USD497,300) on procuring new VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) units for Lošinj;

  • DFS faces tough market despite being busier than ever

    German air navigation service provider (ANSP) DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung handled more flights than ever before in 2017, although revenues fell compared with 2016. DFS controlled 3.21 million flights in German airspace in 2017, in line with expectations. This represented a 3.2% year-on-year increase

  • Hamburg handler buys new loaders and stairs

    GroundSTARS, one of the three ground-handling subsidiaries of Hamburg Airport operator Flughafen Hamburg, has ordered two new 3.5-tonne cargo container loaders from Laweco, with the option to buy eight more between 2018 and 2021. The ground-handler also formally procured eight passenger boarding

  • IER unveils two-step SBD

    IER has launched a new common-use self-service (CUSS) self-bag drop (SBD) system for easy integration with existing check-in counters and airport IT infrastructure. The two-step i820 includes a module above the conveyor that switches the function from agent-assisted mode to self-service. The new

  • Valencia embarks on expansion

    The terminal and runway at Valencia Airport in eastern Spain are being upgraded in a EUR23 million (USD28.4 million), five-year project. Airport director Joaquin Rodriguez announced in a 19 April press briefing that the upgrade aims to attract more passenger airlines to operate from Valencia.

  • Vilnius operator seeks BHS provider

    Lithuanian Airports has issued a tender for an eight-year baggage-handling system (BHS) modernisation project at Vilnius Airport. The deadline for bids is 21 May. The contractor will be responsible for planning, manufacturing, delivering, and installing a new BHS with two explosive detection

  • Bag mishandling hits an all-time low as aviation prepares for IATA 753

    Baggage mishandling in the air transport industry improved in 2017 to reach a new low of 5.57 items per 1,000 passengers despite record passenger volume, SITA announced on 19 April in its latest annual Baggage Report. The 2017 mishandling rate is 2.8% better than the 5.73 per 1,000 passengers

  • European researchers gaze into a green crystal ball

    Advanced techniques and fuels for decarbonising aviation hold promise – but it will take time to deploy them Improvements in fuel burn efficiency aside, economic and policy constraints are limiting the technological options to mitigate the affect of aviation on the atmosphere in the

  • Halmstad seeks ATS supplier

    The municipal authority for the Swedish city of Halmstad is seeking an air traffic services (ATS) supplier for the local airport. An invitation to tender was issued on 13 April, with a deadline of 5 June for responses. The ATS contract for Halmstad City Airport will run from 1 January 2019 to 31

  • NewPENS prepares the ground for 2030

     BT Global Services was selected by Eurocontrol and 41 industry partners on 17 April as the new provider of data exchange services for European air navigation service providers (ANSPs), in a contract worth an estimated EUR50 million (USD61 million).  European air navigation service

  • Stand allocation module enhances CAST

    Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) has enhanced its CAST simulation software family with a new module to help airports optimise use of stands. “Stand allocation is one of the major screws that an airport can turn to optimise the use of its infrastructure,” said managing partner Michael

  • 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.