• Elbit works with C Speed on CBP contract

    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded the US subsidiary of Elbit Systems a contract for a tower and infill radar system for airspace surveillance at an undisclosed location in Texas. Elbit Systems of America stated on 12 September that it will deliver “a complete

  • Houston reopens after Hurricane Harvey

    All commercial operations at George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports in Houston were suspended due to record rainstorms in southern Texas following Hurricane Harvey. However, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that George Bush Intercontinental will reopen at 1200 local time on 31

  • Cost issues afflict Seattle IAF

    Civic and airport officials broke ground on 16 August 2017 for the new International Arrivals Terminal (IAF) at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Although the scope of the facility remains unchanged from when the project was first announced in October 2016, Jane's has learned that the

  • FAA issues new tranche of AIP grants

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 14 August announced a new set of infrastructure grants for airports across the United States. The latest tranche under the FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP), totalling USD162.4 million, will be allocated to 72 airports in 31 states. Beneficiaries

  • ThyssenKrupp supports Toronto

    ThyssenKrupp has finalised a five-year contract with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to maintain more than 350 elevator and escalator units installed at Pearson International Airport. ThyssenKrupp plans to retrofit its elevator install base across North America with a new 'smart technology'

  • LSG Sky Chefs turns to CNG at Dallas

    Clean Energy Fuels is working with LSG Sky Chefs to power aircraft catering trucks at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with compressed natural gas (CNG). The acquisition of 20 new CNG catering vehicles – to replace an obsolescent fleet of diesel-powered trucks used by LSG Sky Chefs

  • Portland embarks on PDXNext overhaul

    Construction has begun at Portland International Airport, Oregon, on the first increment of a series of four major projects. Termed PDXNext, the projects are designed to modernise airport infrastructure and increase capacity. The projected budget for PDX is about USD1.82 billion; however, Jane's

  • Clariant and Huntsman set to complete 'merger of equals'

    Clariant announced on 27 July that it is on track to complete a USD20 billion “merger of equals” with Huntsman Corporation by December 2017 or January 2018. The new speciality chemicals company will trade as HuntsmanClariant. Clariant shareholders will own 52%, with Huntsman investors

  • Senate gives green light to PFC increase

    On 25 July, the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved legislation to lift the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from USD4.50 to USD8.50 per originating passenger. The USD4.50 limit remains in place for transit

  • FAA creates UAV identification committee

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally established a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to help it create standards for remotely identifying and tracking unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAS-ID ARC members are drawn from the UAV industry, civil aviation organisations,

  • Oakland IAB project moves towards completion

    Officials at Oakland International Airport have told Jane’s they expect to complete a USD45 million expansion of the Terminal 1 International Arrivals Building (IAB) in November 2017. Work began in August 2016 to add 14,000 ft2 to the existing structure. The project includes an extension to

  • Seattle enlists robot helper

    Seattle-Tacoma on 11 July became the latest international airport to trial robot technology for customer service in the terminal. A robot augments the work of Transportation Security Administration staff at Seattle by displaying and broadcasting information to help passengers move more smoothly

  • Malaysian customs agency advises on GST payments in duty-free shops

    The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has issued guidance on how the new goods and services tax (GST) in the country should be applied to duty-free sales. While a fixed list of goods, such as food, drink, cosmetics, electronics and jewellery, can be sold GST-free in these stores – for

  • Thales and Embraer subsidiaries explore Brazilian ATC radar opportunities

    Thales and its Brazilian subsidiary Omnisys are working with Embraer Defense & Security companies Savis and Bradar, to explore potential opportunities in the air traffic control (ATC) radar market. Using what they described as “existing synergies”, the partners plan to develop a new

  • JBT to buy AMSS

    JBT Corporation of the United States announced on 12 June 2017 that it is to acquire privately owned, UK-based Aircraft Maintenance Support Services Ltd (AMSS) for about GBP10 million (USD13 million). The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017. AMSS will operate within the JBT

  • DHS announces tighter security but keeps laptop ban in reserve

    The Trump Administration has announced enhanced security requirements for commercial flights to the United States, but it backed away from expanding a ban on laptops and other electronic devices unless airlines and airports fail to comply with the new rules. In all, 280 airports in 105 countries

  • GA groups lobby for federal funding on alternative fuels research

    Seven general aviation (GA) groups in the United States are pushing for investment in alternative fuels research to be included in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Transportation appropriations bill. In a joint letter to the Appropriations Committee in both houses of Congress, signatories urged continued

  • Aireon progresses with launch of second Iridium NEXT batch

    On 25 June 2017, the second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites with Aireon space-based ADS-B surveillance and tracking payloads was launched into low Earth orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Each new satellite carries Harris Corporation ADS-B receiver equipment to

  • FAA to trial local government control of UAV operations

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will launch later in 2017 a series of pilot programmes giving local authorities the chance to regulate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations within designated neighbourhoods, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said on 20 June at the Paris Air Show. The

  • Areas expands with Bogota deal

    Food and beverage concessionaire Areas has moved into Colombia with a 10-year deal to upgrade and run eight outlets at Bogota El Dorado International Airport, covering a total floor area of about 1,860 m 2 . The contract from OPAIN, the concessionaire at El Dorado, is worth an undisclosed amount.