• Bali incident elicits effective response

    Virgin Australia Airlines reported a flight emergency after a male passenger attempted to gain access to the cockpit of a Brisbane-Bali flight on 25 April. The intoxicated and aggressive passenger banged on the door of the cockpit but did not enter, according to the airline. Crew members seized the

  • Palm Beach hosts first live test for new ARFF training aid

    Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in Florida broke new ground on 2 April when it conducted a full-scale emergency response exercise using an inflatable mockup fuselage. The aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) exercise, held every three years in accordance with Federal Aviation

  • Google moves into civil UAV sector with Titan deal

    Internet search giant Google has acquired unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed fee, Titan announced on 14 April. The announcement comes after the firm was linked with social media firm Facebook in March. Titan unveiled its Solara range of solar-powered

  • April 15: Latest AIS chart shows search for MH370

    A fleet of ships continued the search for missing flight MH370 today off the coast of western Australia. Over the past 24 hours, the group consisting of the Chinese search & rescue ships Nan Hai Jiu 101 and Dong Hai Jiu 101, along with Australian warships HMAS Success, HMAS Perth and offshore

  • Latest movements on Day 26 of MH370 search

    As the search for missing flight MH370 entered its 26th day, AIS Live data showed the latest movements of the vessels involved in the continuing operation. HMS Echo appears to have taken up position at the northern end of the search area, whilst the Australian operated Ocean Shield appears to be

  • MH370 mystery offers food for thought

    In the modern era of information superiority with global radar, transponders and satellite coverage, we can be forgiven for thinking that it would be impossible for a widebody passenger aircraft to vanish. Yet this is what happened with Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The B-777-200ER aircraft left

  • Mobile ATC develops rapidly deployable systems

    Mobile ATC displayed two new products at World ATM Congress, part of a range of rapidly deployable air traffic control (ATC) towers for military and civil applications. The company's fully mobile elevating tower is deployed in Afghanistan by the UK Royal Air Force, US military, and NATO. Mobile

  • Sochi Games: Getting the word out on threats

    Despite the aviation security alerts surrounding the Winter Olympics from 7-23 February 2014, there were no terrorist outrages; the spotlight shone instead on the pageantry of the Games and the excitement of international competition. However, in the context of the Volgograd railway station bombing

  • Europe prepares for another ETS showdown

    The European Parliament (EP) is pushing the EU towards a potential clash with the United States, China and others over trading carbon emissions from non-EU airlines. Expansion of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to airlines flying in and out of the EU was frozen in November 2012 - pending a

  • Can smart technology improve our airport experience?

    Premium-class passengers with Virgin Atlantic are the first to experience Google Glass technology as they arrive at Heathrow Airport, under a six-week pilot scheme assisted by SITA which started on 10 February. Concierge staff in the airline’s Upper Class Wing are using Google Glass and other

  • Alternative energy may aid perimeter protection

    Perimeter breaches are a perennial problem for airport security agencies, borne out in TSA statistics that commercial airports in the United States have reported more than 1,300 breaches of their security perimeters since 9/11. The issue was underlined in December 2013 by two incidents in the

  • Lockheed Martin launches civil C-130J variant

    Lockheed Martin is launching a civil variant of its C-130J Hercules cargo aircraft, the LM-100J, the company announced on 3 February. Like many Pentagon suppliers, Lockheed Martin is attempting to broaden its markets as US military budgets tighten. The move lets the company tap a market that could

  • UK Border Force orders replacement trace-detection systems

    Morpho Detection has announced a four-year framework agreement with the UK Border Force to supply the handheld Hardened MobileTrace and desktop Itemiser 3 Enhanced trace-detection systems. Responsible for carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the UK, the Border

  • US benefits from new flight path procedures

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the latest performance results from its Next Generation Transportation (NextGen) programme in January 2014. Among a number of success stories, the FAA reports 15-20% increase in departure capacity at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport as a

  • Mexico selects advanced AIM

    Mexican air navigation service provider SENEAM is to operate an aeronautical information management (AIM) system based on the Thales TopSky-AIM AIXM 5.1 solution. SENEAM selected the Thales AIM after an open tender. The company will fulfill the contract in partnership with CGX Aero. The AIXM 5.1

  • FOD detection makes its mark at Boston

    Boston Logan International Airport has officially become the first US airport to use the FODetect automated foreign object debris (FOD) detection system from Xsight Systems. FODetect was selected for installation on Runway 09/27 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following a competitive

  • NATS pioneers more AMHS connections

    UK air navigation service provider NATS has spearheaded the latest development in the Pan-European Network Service (PENS) by linking its ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) in Swanwick with two Eurocontrol centres in Haren, Belgium and Brétigny, France. The Comsoft AIDA-NG is the AMHS used at

  • AWI upgrades weather displays

    All Weather Inc (AWI) is beginning to deliver its latest-generation integrated information display known as FlexIDS to air traffic control facilities across the United States. The meteorological specialist is delivering more than 5,000 display systems at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • NATO and Russia claim stand-off detection breakthrough

    NATO and Russia say they have created a conclusive method for the remote detection of explosives hidden on the human body, thus boosting security in airport terminals and other public infrastructure. However, the technology remains to be publicly demonstrated and will require considerable follow-on

  • B-787 worldwide market analysis

    The DS Forecast Commercial Aircraft database includes predictions for future production of the B-787 by unit deliveries to airline customers. The future production is our forecasted demand for the aircraft over the 10-year timeframe for orders that have yet to occur. We expect production to peak at