• 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

  • DSNA Services joins NAVBLUE for Vietnam airspace redesign

    DSNA Services is working with NAVBLUE on an airspace redesign project in Vietnam. The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation originally picked NAVBLUE in November 2016 to implement the ATM Cooperation Programme in the country. Experts from DSNA Services are now participating, and will assist

  • Greenland set to adopt Airport 20/20

    Gentrack is installing three of its Airport 20/20 modules to cover all airports and helipads in Greenland, to help the Greenland Airport Authority (Mittarfeqarfiit) improve its business efficiency. This is the biggest single project for Gentrack in the airport industry, although the volume of air

  • San Francisco adds boarding gate to Terminal 2

    San Francisco International Airport has added a 15th gate to Terminal 2 (T2), designated as boarding area D. The passenger boarding bridge was supplied by JBT Aerotech. Because of the distinctive V-shape of T2, the new Gate 50A was added without the need to extend the terminal. The gate will

  • SureScan achieves Standard 3.1

    SureScan Corporation has obtained European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3.1 hold baggage screening certification for its x 1000 high-speed system. US-based SureScan also announced its first airport order for the system, after receiving a contract from Vanderlande Industries to supply

  • Shortlist revealed for IHS Jane’s ATC Awards 2016

    With seven weeks to go before the winners of the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 are announced, the judging panel has narrowed down 46 entries across six categories. Winners and shortlisted nominees for the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 will be recognised at the awards ceremony on 7 March, held during the

  • OSINT Summary: Alleged attack plot targeting LAX highlights risk to US tourism industry

    On 24 April, several United States media outlets, citing unnamed security officials, claimed security measures had been increased in several locations in the south of the US state of California, including the city of Los Angeles and its airports, amid concerns over an Islamic State-inspired attack