• TSA stats show 2018 was another year of the gun

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) set a new unwanted record in 2018 for firearm confiscations at US airport checkpoints. A total of 4,239 firearms were detected at 249 checkpoints around the US, marking a 7% increase compared with 2017. US airport firearms discoveries since 2008

  • CAA reveals sharp rise in airspace infringements

    Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), released via its Airspace Safety Initiative on 13 February, noted a 17% increase in total reported airspace infringement incidents in 2018. The 1,358 incidents in 2018 (compared to 1,162 in 2017), included 991 in controlled airspace, defined by

  • First SVIP projects reach fruition

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has reported the successful transition of start-up solutions in 2018 under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Tamr developed the first project to graduate from SVIP to the field, with a software

  • US missile-defence systems to protect Indian head of state

    The US State Department has approved the USD190 million sale of counter-missile systems for two specially equipped B-777-300ERs, to be used to transport the Indian Prime Minister or President. Boeing is the prime contractor on the project, which includes two self-protection suites that each

  • Israel lays down the law on UAV hobbyists

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) is set to launch a registration scheme for civilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. Any hobbyist buyer of a UAV will be required to register it online on a CAAI database, for an NIS30 (USD8) fee; pass an online test; and mark the UAV with a


  • Landside threat concentrates minds

    Multiple solutions are available or in development, such as blast mitigation panels, active shooter detection systems, and covert microwave radar detection. Barry Cross and Ben Vogel report
  • Terrorism as an aviation sector disruptor

    Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) assesses terrorism as a disruptor in the aviation sector, and examines how forward-looking geopolitical risk analysis helps to mitigate risks and inform strategic decision-making for companies in the aviation sector. Otso Iho reports
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  • Interview: Ben Marcus, Chairman AirMap

    Safety and security aspects associated with operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) remain in the public eye after a spate of high-profile temporary airport shutdowns, most recently on 15 February at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Industry and regulators are co-operating
  • ASEAN open skies motivate Laos

    Aviation infrastructure in Laos is being upgraded in line with the continued evolution of the liberalised single aviation market (SAM) in the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). “By investing in infrastructure and [a regulatory] framework, we are drafting a seamless