• 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.

  • US privatisation wakes up

    Airport privatisation in the United States is showing signs of renewed vigour after years of lying dormant. In recent months, two more applications to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-run Airport Privatisation Pilot Program (APPP) have been submitted. Westchester County Airport in New

  • Court blocks US UAV registration

    The US Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit has ruled that federal law prohibits the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from continuing to require registration of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and model aircraft. The FAA ordered registration of these unmanned aircraft

  • Delta trials facial recognition

    Delta Air Lines is to test facial recognition technology at a self-service bag-drop station in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, starting in the summer of 2017. This will be the first trials of biometric-based self-service bag-drop technology in the United States, and follow moves by

  • Northrop Grumman to invest in new Australia facility

    Northrop Grumman announced on 15 May that it will invest AUD50 million (USD37 million) in developing a defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre in Sydney, Australia. The corporation said its Electronic Sustainment Centre of Excellence (ESCE) would be the "anchor tenant" in a

  • US donates security equipment to Lebanon

    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the US Department of State has donated USD650,000 worth of security screening equipment for Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon. The equipment includes one mobile x-ray screener for vehicles; six handheld

  • Soaring Pine Capital buys ETI Tech

    Dayton, Ohio-based ETI Tech Inc has been acquired by Soaring Pine Capital (SPC) for an undisclosed sum. As a result, SPC, Wells Fargo, Comerica Bank and new ETI executives Bill McLendon and Jeff Hartman have set up ETI Mission Controls LLC. The aim behind this move is to "grow a platform of

  • USAF turns to Essex for liquid oxygen trailers

    The US Air Force (USAF) has ordered 32 liquid oxygen (LOX) trailers from Essex Industries. St. Louis, Missouri-based Essex will begin deliveries of the 500-gallon trailers in August 2017, with completion scheduled for February 2018. The value of the deal was undisclosed. The USAF will use most of

  • Denver hotel gains LEED Platinum ranking

    The Westin Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport has earned Platinum status under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme. It was designed to cut energy costs by almost 50%, reduce total energy consumption by 43%, and consume

  • Working group targets security improvements in public areas

    SITA has expanded the scope of its Border Automation User Group by forming a new working group to investigate landside security at airports in the United States. The new Secure Journeys Working Group includes SITA airport customers, airlines, and US government agencies. David Menzel, sales director