• Canada announces temporary ban on UAV use

    Flights by model aircraft and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) weighing between 250 g and 35 kg are now temporarily banned from within 9 km of the centre of any airport, heliport, airfield, or floatplane base in Canada, regulator Transport Canada announced on 16 March 2017. UAV

  • Clean Sky 2 participants take stock and eye the road ahead

    Significant gains in fuel efficiency, fuselage design, and onboard power generation and management for large- and small-model aircraft were among the main achievements from the first phase of the EU Clean Sky 1 (CS1) aeronautical research programme, according to participants. Many of the materials,

  • Galaxy arrives in Egypt

    Germany-based Wanzl has completed installation of 80 two-way Galaxy gates to improve staff access control at Egyptian airports. Installations began in late 2016 and were completed in early 2017. Michael Tscharntke, head of the airport business unit at Wanzl, explained to Jane's that all staff were

  • Havana receives A-SMGCS

    Cuban air navigation service provider ECASA has taken delivery of the Almanac airport surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) from Russian firms CRTS and VNIIRA. The A-SMGCS is now being commissioned at José Martí International Airport in Havana. ECASA picked Almanac after

  • Oman and Egypt turn to US consultancy

    Complex projects in the Middle East and North Africa entailed close support US-based construction and project consultancy Hill International is tapping into airport opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa, company executives told Jane's. Hill has strong domestic experience, with a

  • Athens and Milan Malpensa trial Big Data

    Two airports are involved in a pilot EU-funded project that explores the use of Big Data to slash costs and improve operational efficiency in the European transport sector. Indra is leading the 30-month Transforming Transport initiative, which forms part of the EU Horizon 2020 research programme.

  • Harris scores fourth VCS21 success

    Harris is supplying its VCS21 voice communication system to the Taiwanese military, for use in its air defence system. Harris will equip 140 controller working positions (CWPs) in Taiwan with the net-centric Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)-based radio and telephony system. "The point is

  • Indian restriction highlights carry-on inconsistency

    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to ban oversized cabin baggage on flights to and from certain "performance-limited" Indian airports. "Since oversized hand baggage can lead to overloading and create safety hazards, the operator shall ensure that

  • Smiths Detection begins work on MoD supply and support deal

    On 27 March the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected Smiths Detection to deliver security screening equipment for airbases and other military facilities around the world. The value of the contract is undisclosed. The following checkpoint, hold baggage, and air freight screening technologies will

  • UK recaps its position as electronics ban goes live

    The UK Department for Transport (DfT) on 26 March 2017 reiterated its guidance to passengers, after it imposed restrictions on electronic devices allowed on board inbound flights from six Middle Eastern and North African countries. The new measures went into effect on 25 March and cover all

  • ADB-Safegate unveils single tower display

    On show for the first time at World ATM Congress in Madrid in March, ADB-Safegate exhibited its integrated controller working position (CWP) - incorporating advanced surface movement guidance and control (A-SMGCS) functions, electronic flights strips, and operational information - in one display.

  • Capability gaps remain for African aviation

    The African air transport sector still lags behind other regions in several respects with much work needed to catch up, a senior IATA official warned delegates at Aviation Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2017. Harnessing the 'Mind the Gap' theme proposed by the conference organisers,

  • Civil communications losses account for majority of NATO air policing work

    Responding to civilian aircraft that have lost voice communications with air traffic control (ATC) is currently the most numerous mission for NATO's air policing assets, Jane's was told on 22 March. Speaking in Uedem in northern Germany, at the site of one of NATO's two Combined Air Operations

  • Industry seals MOUs with SESAR Deployment Manager

    The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) confirmed on 24 March that it has signed multiple Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with manufacturers. MOU signatories will work with the SDM on Pilot Common Project implementation, with an emphasis on linking research and deployment with industrialisation. The

  • Sennheiser realigns for ATC/C3

    Headset specialist Sennheiser announced a new business structure in March to address the needs of the air traffic control and command, control, and communications (ATC/C3) sectors. ATC/C3 will focus on product development with marketing support from the Contact Center & Office (CCO) division of

  • SkyFusion enters second phase and broadens its geographical scope

    The second development phase of cloud-based aviation data platform SkyFusion will focus on Latin America, according to Brett Wells, IATA project manager on the joint project with Harris. This follows a successful beta trial in the Asia-Pacific region during the third quarter of 2016 that involved

  • ACC predicts record US infrastructure spending

    Large and medium-sized US airports are expected to invest about USD47 billion on infrastructure improvements in the next five years, according to a new study from the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). This sum equates to 72% of the USD70 billion being invested overall in capital improvements.

  • Experts fear return of duty-free would not counterbalance traffic loss from 'hard Brexit'

    Airport finance insiders believe a potential post-Brexit return to duty-free shopping between the UK and the 27 members of the European Union (EU-27) would not compensate for a possible decline in travel and air connectivity. This was the prevailing view in a panel session during the 9th ACI

  • Frequentis expands UTM activity

    Frequentis is drawing on its experience in secure communications to offer solutions for the safe integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into civil airspace. In the fourth quarter of 2016, under a partnership agreement with Drone Co-Habitation Services (DCS), Frequentis supplied its Location

  • Schiphol picks HI-SCAN 10080 XCT

    Schiphol Group in the Netherlands has ordered hold baggage screening (HBS) equipment from Smiths Detection for installation at up to four airports. Described by Smiths as a "substantial contract", the deal includes a total of 24 HI-SCAN 10080 XCT systems for Amsterdam Schiphol, with an