• French researchers create optical illusion to cut bird-strike risk

    Researchers at the Éthologie Animale et Humaine (Ethos) laboratory in the University of Rennes in France, working with Airbus, have designed a visual pattern to deter birds of prey (raptors) from high-risk areas around airports. Raptors are one of the most common victims of bird strikes on

  • L3 Harris Technologies will combine ATC and security expertise

    The planned merger between L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation, as announced by the two companies on 14 October, will blend the former’s expertise in aviation security systems with the latter’s well-established presence in the communications, navigation, and surveillance/air traffic

  • Heathrow fined for 2017 data breach

    Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined GBP120,000 (USD157, 700) by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to ensure proper security of personal data on its network. On 16 October 2017 a member of the public found a USB stick, which had been lost by a Heathrow

  • Latest FAA NOTAM warns of GPS signal loss over Lebanon

    The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned airlines that GPS interference in Lebanese airspace could disrupt civil aviation operations in the Beirut Flight Information Region (FIR). In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued on 10 October, the FAA advised carriers to “be aware of

  • SMS final rule recedes further into the distance

    The Trump Administration has all but halted long-standing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) efforts to create Safety Management System (SMS) regulations at US airports. After more than two years, the FAA has still not promulgated final airport SMS regulations. Industry observers hoped to see a

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  • Gatwick suggests standby runway conversion

    Gatwick Airport could convert its existing standby runway to full use in one of three scenarios in its new draft Master Plan released on 18 October. The document outlines options for future growth at Gatwick, despite the preference of the UK government for a third runway at Heathrow. One
  • Spanish company puts UAVs to work for runway inspections

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    Spanish start-up Canard Drones, which pioneered the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect airport runways and navaids in Europe, is extending its services to the Americas by signing up an agent in Panama. In August 2017 Canard Drones won a deal from Aena Aeropuertos to monitor
  • Global strategy motivates TCR

    Already dominant in Europe, the independent GSE owner is setting its sights further afield, as concepts such as equipment pooling take hold and new asset accounting rules enter into force Belgium-based TCR International specialises in turnkey leasing, pooling, maintenance, and fleet management
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