• Court blocks US UAV registration

    The US Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC, Circuit has ruled that federal law prohibits the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from continuing to require registration of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and model aircraft. The FAA ordered registration of these unmanned aircraft

  • Delta trials facial recognition

    Delta Air Lines is to test facial recognition technology at a self-service bag-drop station in Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, starting in the summer of 2017. This will be the first trials of biometric-based self-service bag-drop technology in the United States, and follow moves by

  • Northrop Grumman to invest in new Australia facility

    Northrop Grumman announced on 15 May that it will invest AUD50 million (USD37 million) in developing a defence electronics maintenance and sustainment centre in Sydney, Australia. The corporation said its Electronic Sustainment Centre of Excellence (ESCE) would be the "anchor tenant" in a

  • US donates security equipment to Lebanon

    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the US Department of State has donated USD650,000 worth of security screening equipment for Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon. The equipment includes one mobile x-ray screener for vehicles; six handheld

  • Soaring Pine Capital buys ETI Tech

    Dayton, Ohio-based ETI Tech Inc has been acquired by Soaring Pine Capital (SPC) for an undisclosed sum. As a result, SPC, Wells Fargo, Comerica Bank and new ETI executives Bill McLendon and Jeff Hartman have set up ETI Mission Controls LLC. The aim behind this move is to "grow a platform of

  • USAF turns to Essex for liquid oxygen trailers

    The US Air Force (USAF) has ordered 32 liquid oxygen (LOX) trailers from Essex Industries. St. Louis, Missouri-based Essex will begin deliveries of the 500-gallon trailers in August 2017, with completion scheduled for February 2018. The value of the deal was undisclosed. The USAF will use most of

  • Denver hotel gains LEED Platinum ranking

    The Westin Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport has earned Platinum status under the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme. It was designed to cut energy costs by almost 50%, reduce total energy consumption by 43%, and consume

  • Working group targets security improvements in public areas

    SITA has expanded the scope of its Border Automation User Group by forming a new working group to investigate landside security at airports in the United States. The new Secure Journeys Working Group includes SITA airport customers, airlines, and US government agencies. David Menzel, sales director

  • DSNA Services joins NAVBLUE for Vietnam airspace redesign

    DSNA Services is working with NAVBLUE on an airspace redesign project in Vietnam. The Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation originally picked NAVBLUE in November 2016 to implement the ATM Cooperation Programme in the country. Experts from DSNA Services are now participating, and will assist

  • Greenland set to adopt Airport 20/20

    Gentrack is installing three of its Airport 20/20 modules to cover all airports and helipads in Greenland, to help the Greenland Airport Authority (Mittarfeqarfiit) improve its business efficiency. This is the biggest single project for Gentrack in the airport industry, although the volume of air

  • San Francisco adds boarding gate to Terminal 2

    San Francisco International Airport has added a 15th gate to Terminal 2 (T2), designated as boarding area D. The passenger boarding bridge was supplied by JBT Aerotech. Because of the distinctive V-shape of T2, the new Gate 50A was added without the need to extend the terminal. The gate will

  • SureScan achieves Standard 3.1

    SureScan Corporation has obtained European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3.1 hold baggage screening certification for its x 1000 high-speed system. US-based SureScan also announced its first airport order for the system, after receiving a contract from Vanderlande Industries to supply

  • Metron wins work on TPMMA

    Metron Aviation has been awarded one of three prime contracts from the US Department of Transport Volpe National Transportation Systems Center under the Transportation Planning, Measurement, Modeling, and Assessment (TPMMA) programme. The five-year contract, worth a maximum USD19.99 million, will

  • Colombian traffic climbs

    Passenger and cargo traffic at Colombian airports grew steadily in 2016, according to the latest annual statistics from national airport authority Aeronáutica Civil. Total passenger volume increased by 4.8%, as international demand (up by 7.17%) grew at almost twice the speed of domestic

  • Dallas/Fort Worth receives reinforcements for winter services fleet

    Oshkosh has delivered 33 Oshkosh snow removal vehicles to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The deal includes 14 Oshkosh HT-Series multifunction units; eight Oshkosh H-Series XF front-mounted, high-speed snow removal brooms; five Oshkosh H-Series high-speed snow blowers; and six Oshkosh

  • Harris selling IT services business

    Harris Corporation has agreed to a deal to sell its government IT services business to private equity firm Veritas Capital, the company announced on 27 January. Veritas will pay USD690 million in cash if the deal closes, which the company expects to happen by the end of 2017. Harris had also sold

  • US team proposes guided rail system for aircraft taxiing

    The New Product Development Center (NPDC) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) is working with Airplane Transporting Systems (ATS) to develop a new method for moving aircraft from runway to gate and vice versa. Under a deal signed on 17 November 2016, the two parties agreed to design an

  • L-3 Communications continues airport security acquisitions

    L-3 Communications announced on 22 November that it had acquired UK airport security checkpoint firm MacDonald Humfrey. The deal is valued at GBP224 million (USD280 million), with further earn-out payments of up to GBP30 million based on financial performance between 2017 and 2019. The business is

  • Frequentis expands network services

    Mexico became the latest state to join the MEVA common air traffic control network, which covers the Caribbean states and territories, in September 2016. MEVA is an ICAO-compliant Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite communications network spanning about 16 countries and 18 sites.

  • FAA gives grant to Lima Allen County runway project

    Lima Allen County Airport has been awarded a USD4.25 million runway resurfacing grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airport will have to close for four to six weeks once work begins in early 2017. Construction recently began on a facility to house snow-removal equipment,