• Australia prepares airbases for F-35A

    Jacobs Engineering Group is helping to upgrade infrastructure at 10 Australian Department of Defence (DoD) sites, in preparation for the introduction of the F-35A Lockheed Martin Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) into Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. Jacobs was selected by Lend

  • COMSOFT message handling set for Turkey

    Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Dubai The Turkish State Airports Administration (Devlet Hava Meydanlari Isletmesi - DHMI) has awarded COMSOFT a contract to replace its existing message-handling system for the Turkish air navigation service provider's (ANSP's) communications centres at Ankara and

  • Emirates pushes for steeper A380 approaches

    Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Dubai Emirates Airlines wants airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world to consider new landing procedures for its fleet of Airbus A380s. "There is a degree of conservativeness among some service providers," said Sir Tim Clark, chief

  • Global metrics for ANSPs

    Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Dubai According to Maurizio Castelletti, director of the Single European Sky, the European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are talking with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about developing a series of metrics covering

  • Middle East aims for common technology project

    Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Dubai United Arab Emirates air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are working towards developing a Middle East ATC Enhancement Platform, which will integrate short-, medium-, and long-term technology platforms alongside partners in Asia Pacific and Europe, according to

  • New airspace structure for Moscow

    Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Dubai Russia is developing a new airspace structure for Moscow, according to Nikita Danilov, deputy director general at the State ATM Corporation. The corporation is continuing to consolidate its air traffic control centres, which have been reduced from more than 100 a few

Airports Airports

  • Wi-Fi is here to stay

    Providing a fast, reliable, safe, and free Wi-Fi service has become a yardstick by which many travellers judge their experience at an airport Rapid consumer adoption of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has ensured travellers have come to expect a high standard of internet connectivity


  • Surprise tactics 'can deliver effective bird clearance'

    Surprise is an essential tactic to ensure that birds stay away from runways, according to the head of Canada-based Predator Bird Services. Speaking on 15 September at the SWIFT airfield operations conference in Montreal, Stephen Bucciarelli warned delegates that birds can become desensitised to a

Equipment Equipment

  • Frankfurt launches I-AID

    Frankfurt Airport (Fraport) is installing touchscreens to deliver passenger wayfinding data, flight advice, and other information on terminal services. The first Interactive Airport Desk (I-AID) went live on 21 September 2015 in Area Z of Terminal 1. Airport operator Fraport did not specify the

Security Security

  • US warms to private sector for screening

    Change appears inevitable, for budgetary and operational reasons Since the creation of the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) more than a decade ago, heated debate has arisen over the provision of passenger security. Two main questions are in play: should the service be provided by a federal