• Airservices passes RPAS landmark

    Airservices Australia controllers have guided a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) remotely operated aircraft system (RPAS) through civilian airspace for the first time. During Exercise 'Talisman Sabre', which ended in July 2015, an IAI Heron took off from Rockhampton Airport in Queensland, after

  • GCC enlists help from Helios

    Helios is assisting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states by developing a detailed study and implementation roadmap for seamless, harmonised air traffic management (ATM). The 15-month study, aligned with the local ICAO initiatives and the agency's Aviation System Block Upgrades

  • Italy acts on CPDLC

    Air navigation service provider (ANSP) ENAV is working with SITA OnAir to provide air-ground datalink communication services in Italy. A total of 19 ENAV sites, including major airports such as the Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International and Milan-Malpensa, will receive VHF equipment for

  • Shanghai automates with Thales

    The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) East Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) has selected the consortium of Thales and its Chinese joint-venture partner Beijing East Sky Technology (BEST) to implement a new approach control facility at Shanghai, in addition to modernising the control

  • Study calculates that Middle East ANSPs could miss out on billions

    A new report says that Middle Eastern air navigation service providers (ANSPs) could forgo benefits totalling USD16.3 billion in the next decade, unless there are swift improvements in air traffic management infrastructure, technology, and co-ordination. The report, commissioned by NATS (the ANSP

  • Acquisition propels Wood Group into automation

    Global energy services specialist Wood Group has bought Automated Technology Group (ATG) for an undisclosed sum. UK-based ATG supplies of control and power solutions for industrial automation. Its Autotech division has completed a number of major baggage-handling system automation control projects

Airports Airports

  • Gatwick delivers phased improvements

    The GBP1 billion (USD1.5 billion) North Terminal investment programme at Gatwick Airport will pass a milestone in early October, with the phased opening of the new 8,000 m 2 departures level. The GBP36 million project includes the largest self-service bag drop zone in the world with 48 units,


  • 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

  • Paris and Amsterdam improve snow response

    Amsterdam Schiphol has received two high-capacity TV 1000 snow blowers from Norway-based Overaasen. Aeroports de Paris (ADP) is also taking delivery of three TV 1000s, under a joint order with Schiphol placed in 2014. Two of the vehicles are destined for Charles de Gaulle, with the third going to

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