• Auckland picks design consortium for integrated terminal

    Mott MacDonald has been selected to lead a design consortium for the combined domestic and international terminal at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. Work begins imminently, with the final design expected by early 2018. Team members include Grimshaw, Architectus, and Holmes Consulting. The scope

  • Colombo runway upgrade progresses with LED technology

    ADB Safegate has worked with airfield ground lighting (AGL) subcontractor CATIC-ENG China to supply, test, commission, and deliver light-emitting diode (LED) airfield lighting for the runway and taxiway at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. ADB Safegate also provided LED

  • 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

  • Arunachal Pradesh state government plans commercial operations at six reactivated ALGs

    The state government of Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India is actively encouraging commercial flights for regional connectivity from six upgraded Indian Air Force (IAF) Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs). The six ALGs are Ziro, Mechuka, Walong, Along, Pasighat, and Tuting. Two other ALGs are not

  • Vietnam steering committee addresses cyber

    In a belated response to a major cyber attack in 2016, the Vietnamese government is setting up a national steering committee for aviation cyber security, at the recommendation of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee. "Vietnam will set up the committee to address incidents related to

  • Delivery by UAV takes off in China

    China-based e-commerce retailer JD.com has carried out thousands of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery tests in remote rural areas of four provinces since June 2016. It is also adding 150 UAV stations in Sichuan Province "in the short-to-medium term," a JD.com representative told

  • Brisbane leads in Australia with single-token biometric trial

    Air New Zealand and SITA are working with Brisbane Airport to conduct the first trial in Australia of single-token facial biometrics for passenger processing. In the SITA Smart Path trial, outbound passengers present their facial biometric details at a self-service check-in kiosk. The same token is

  • 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

  • Sydney traffic growth spurs investment

    Passenger traffic growth of 5.6% helped Sydney Airport post higher revenues and net profits for 2016. Benefiting from the first full year of operations at Terminal 3, the Australian hub saw an 8.9% year-on-year increase in international passenger volume, while domestic demand rose by 3.8%. Overall

  • Indra aids Pacific surveillance

    The Australian subsidiary of Indra has won a contract to install an Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) network for five island nations in the South Pacific, as part of the World Bank-funded Pacific Aviation Investment Programme. ADS-B technology will be deployed at eight sites in

  • Dutch prosecutors confirm Buk strike on MH17

    There is "irrefutable evidence" the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed over war-torn Ukraine on 17 July 2014 was hit by a Russia-made 9M38 Buk (SA-11 'Gadfly') missile, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service's Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced on 28 September 2016, at a press

  • Chinese firm buys Eptisa

    Spanish engineering company Eptisa has been acquired by Chinese group JSTI. The new owner is taking on 90% of Eptisa's shares for EUR46 million (USD51 million) while capital risk firm Magnum is reducing its stake from 60% to 6% and the Eptisa executive team from 40% to 4%. The Eptisa portfolio

  • Australia rises to the challenge

    Major projects are in progress at Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney Australian airport operators are implementing major capital investment programmes, in order to cope with rising demand. In a report assessing infrastructure and transport trends up to 2030, published in 2014, the

  • India looks again to Israel for security

    Recent security breaches at Indian airports and terror attacks in Brussels and Istanbul have prompted India to rekindle discussions held in 2013 with Israel on aviation security and technology upgrades. A delegation from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport recently met counterparts from Tel

  • MAHB signs up more partners for KLIA Aeropolis

    Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) announced collaboration with multiple aerospace industry partners on 12 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, as it drives ahead with its strategy to build KLIA Aeropolis: an aerospace 'ecosystem' around Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and

  • Changi on FAST track

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) are expanding moves towards automation, with investment of USD26 million on two initiatives in collaboration with unnamed partners. The Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) programme, introduced in mid-2014, will be extended

  • Swelling Chinese orderbook raises questions over sustainability

    Key Points Chinese airlines account for almost 20% of commercial aircraft orders, but have they overindulged? There are approximately 2,000 commercial transport aircraft operating in China today but this number is set to grow significantly in the coming years. A total of 3,251 aircraft are already

  • Lao Cai partners seek government backing

    Construction is planned to begin in October 2016 on a greenfield USD260 million airport in Lao Cai near the Vietnam-China border. Vietnamese government approval is being sought for the build-operate-transfer project by developer Sun Group and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam

  • Shortlist revealed for IHS Jane’s ATC Awards 2016

    With seven weeks to go before the winners of the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 are announced, the judging panel has narrowed down 46 entries across six categories. Winners and shortlisted nominees for the IHS Jane's ATC Awards 2016 will be recognised at the awards ceremony on 7 March, held during the

  • Suspected MH370 wreckage found off Madagascar

    Aircraft experts are currently examining aircraft wreckage that could be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The debris was found about 4,000 km from the official search zone off Australia's west coast. The 2 m aircraft wing piece discovered on the French island of La Réunion off