• Changi prepares to lift the curtain on T4

    An Open House event is being held at the new Terminal 4 (T4) in Singapore Changi on 7–20 August, after Takenaka Corporation completed construction under a SGD985 million (USD723 million) contract awarded in 2014. All 200,000 tickets for Open House have been taken, as operator Changi Airport

  • Indian UAV users flout the rules as regulator dawdles

    The DGCA has pledged to issue flexible operating rules but they remain unpromulgated – meanwhile, UAV operators simply ignore the existing blanket ban Intrusion by unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in and around Indian airports has caused security alerts, as experts warn of serious

  • Daxing stays on course after passing construction milestone

    The steel structure of the main terminal at Beijing Daxing International Airport was completed on 30 June 2017, suggesting that its operations will begin in 2019 as planned. Located 46 km south of the centre of Chinese capital, the airport is designed to relieve pressure on Beijing Capital

  • GBAS moves to higher ground at Chennai

    The ground station for the pilot SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) at Chennai International Airport, which was damaged and submerged in floods in 2015, has been reinstalled at a higher level to prevent future waterlogging. SmartPath manufacturer Honeywell has also upgraded software

  • Commissioning of Krasnoyarsk Consolidated Centre tops recent deliveries by NITA

    Russian manufacturer NITA reports the successful commissioning of the automated air traffic management (ATM) system at Krasnoyarsk Consolidated Centre in Siberia. Krasnoyarsk is one of 13 consolidated ATM centres being developed to replace the existing 80 area control centres in Russia, under a

  • Singapore works on UTM

    Escalating demand in Singapore for cheap, high-tech commercial drones has prompted authorities in the city-state to develop an unmanned aerial system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) system. A joint research centre called the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), led by Nanyang

  • Melbourne gains GBAS

    Airservices Australia has put into operation a SmartPath Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) from Honeywell at Melbourne Airport. This is the second installation of its type in Australia after SmartPath was first deployed at Sydney in 2014. GBAS uses satellite technology to enable precision

  • Auckland picks design consortium for integrated terminal

    Mott MacDonald has been selected to lead a design consortium for the combined domestic and international terminal at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. Work begins imminently, with the final design expected by early 2018. Team members include Grimshaw, Architectus, and Holmes Consulting. The scope

  • Colombo runway upgrade progresses with LED technology

    ADB Safegate has worked with airfield ground lighting (AGL) subcontractor CATIC-ENG China to supply, test, commission, and deliver light-emitting diode (LED) airfield lighting for the runway and taxiway at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. ADB Safegate also provided LED

  • 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

  • Arunachal Pradesh state government plans commercial operations at six reactivated ALGs

    The state government of Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India is actively encouraging commercial flights for regional connectivity from six upgraded Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs). The six ALGs are Ziro, Mechuka, Walong, Along, Pasighat, and Tuting. Two other ALGs are not

  • Vietnam steering committee addresses cyber

    In a belated response to a major cyber attack in 2016, the Vietnamese government is setting up a national steering committee for aviation cyber security, at the recommendation of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee. "Vietnam will set up the committee to address incidents related to

  • Delivery by UAV takes off in China

    China-based e-commerce retailer JD.com has carried out thousands of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery tests in remote rural areas of four provinces since June 2016. It is also adding 150 UAV stations in Sichuan Province "in the short-to-medium term," a JD.com representative told

  • Brisbane leads in Australia with single-token biometric trial

    Air New Zealand and SITA are working with Brisbane Airport to conduct the first trial in Australia of single-token facial biometrics for passenger processing. In the SITA Smart Path trial, outbound passengers present their facial biometric details at a self-service check-in kiosk. The same token is

  • 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

  • Sydney traffic growth spurs investment

    Passenger traffic growth of 5.6% helped Sydney Airport post higher revenues and net profits for 2016. Benefiting from the first full year of operations at Terminal 3, the Australian hub saw an 8.9% year-on-year increase in international passenger volume, while domestic demand rose by 3.8%. Overall

  • Indra aids Pacific surveillance

    The Australian subsidiary of Indra has won a contract to install an Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) network for five island nations in the South Pacific, as part of the World Bank-funded Pacific Aviation Investment Programme. ADS-B technology will be deployed at eight sites in

  • Dutch prosecutors confirm Buk strike on MH17

    There is "irrefutable evidence" the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed over war-torn Ukraine on 17 July 2014 was hit by a Russia-made 9M38 Buk (SA-11 'Gadfly') missile, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service's Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced on 28 September 2016, at a press

  • Chinese firm buys Eptisa

    Spanish engineering company Eptisa has been acquired by Chinese group JSTI. The new owner is taking on 90% of Eptisa's shares for EUR46 million (USD51 million) while capital risk firm Magnum is reducing its stake from 60% to 6% and the Eptisa executive team from 40% to 4%. The Eptisa portfolio

  • 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