• Auckland adds biometrics to self-bag drop

    Air New Zealand has installed self-service bag drop systems with added biometrics at Auckland Airport. Five of the new self-service bag drop machines were deployed in late 2015, with a further eight scheduled to be installed in early 2016. Users self-scan their passports and boarding passes, and a

  • BBA seals Landmark Aviation deal

    UK-headquartered BBA Aviation has completed its USD2.06 billion acquisition of fixed-based operations (FBO) specialist Landmark Aviation from private equity firm Carlyle Group, after receiving US regulatory approval. The deal expands the BBA Signature Flight Support business to 195 sites worldwide,

  • Human factors remain in the spotlight

    Understanding human factors is essential for safe operations in the air and on the ground The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 in March 2015 continues to cast a long shadow, as human-factor issues stay firmly on the safety agenda for regulators and aviation authorities. French investigators found

  • Australia eyes 2017 ADS-B deadline

    Australian airspace users are continuing to move towards compliance with a mandate to equip their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics. By 2 February 2017, all aircraft operating in Australia under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) must use ADS-B. According to air

  • Dubai retains its title

    Dubai International remained the main global airport for international passenger traffic in 2015. Operator Dubai Airports announced on 1 February 2016 that Dubai International was used by 78.01 million passengers in 2015, marking a 10.7% increase on the 2014 total of 70.47 million. Growth was

  • Hanthawaddy project passes 'significant milestone'

    The consortium behind the new Hanthawaddy International Airport in Myanmar has signed a framework agreement with the Myanmar Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Japanese engineering contractor JGC holds a 55% stake in the consortium, with Yongnam and Changi Airports International holding 25% and

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  • Something in the AIRR: Congress ponders FAA privatisation proposal

    Legislation introduced in the United States Congress on 3 February 2015 envisages privatisation of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) air traffic control functions and, in the process, removal of more than 30,000 employees from federal payrolls. The Aviation Innovation, Reform and

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  • New demands drive primary surveillance

    RPAS detection and airspace infringements are influencing new specifications Primary surveillance, traditionally provided by rotating radars, is embracing new sensor technology and taking advantage of advanced processing capability. New developments such as multilateration, continuous and phased

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  • Dutch demo birds-of-prey in C-UAV role

    The Netherlands has experimented with using birds-of-prey for counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) tasks. A video posted on YouTube in late January by the Dutch National Police shows a demonstration of the concept carried out by Guard From Above (GFA), a raptor-training security firm based in