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Airport Industry News: Late May 2013

May 29, 2013


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Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) has reported that its aircraft engineering training centre is expanding its training portfolio and clientele globally. BAS CEO, George Saounatsos, said: "BAS Aircraft Engineering Training Centre (BAETC) is offering new customized training packages to the MRO and airline industry globally." The company recently delivered an intensive three-week training programme to leading MRO provider Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT). The programme was developed to meet the needs of ADAT maintenance personnel, covering the aviation regulatory framework on initial and continuing airworthiness and international requirements for maintenance. The courses were held at ADAT's training facility in Abu Dhabi.

Air Traffic Controllers at Airways in New Zealand are undertaking vastly improved refresher training through the use of the organization's air traffic control simulator. The simulator allows controllers' ratings to be refreshed in an environment exactly replicating their airfield tower, with seasonal variations such as fog ensuring that their training is up to date. For Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) at Auckland Airport, fog can create serious complexities in their workload. To meet the CAA license requirements for low visibility operations, ATCs are required to undergo refresher training prior to the fog season. At Airways, ATCs update their controller rating in a tower simulator, which provides controllers with a view the same as the actual view from their tower.

Airways' Total Control simulator is provided to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) around the world, who particularly value the realism of the graphics and the weather modelling. The simulator can emulate any weather pattern, and the 4D technology means students can watch the weather situation gradually change, as they would in the tower.     



Operating Aspects 

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (KIA) in Kenya has received the aerodrome certificate for year 2013 for implementing safety measures for all operations and production of a manual detailing infrastructure and services. The certificate was issued by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in line with ICAO requirements. “This certification reaffirms our commitment to maintaining safety procedures at JKIA, and we shall endeavour to operate within the parameters set by this certificate,” said KIA Airport Manager, Edward Kobuthi.

Aerodrome certification is dependent on two requirements: the production of an aerodrome manual, detailing the infrastructural base of the airport and services offered; and evidence that the airport has developed a safety management manual and is implementing the system in its operations. JKIA is currently undergoing several major changes to meet infrastructure requirements of an international airport.


With the continued strong growth of air traffic and planned investments in new infrastructure at Singapore’s Changi Airport, key processes will need to be transformed to raise labour productivity and operational efficiency. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has therefore launched two new initiatives under the SGD 100 million Aviation Development Fund (ADF): Passenger Self-Service Adoption Programme; and Aviation Problem-Based Challenge.

Passenger Self-Service Adoption Programme (PSAP): In collaboration with the Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the airport community, CAAS aims to encourage airlines to participate in providing self- service check-in and bag-drop services for passengers departing from Changi Airport. Through the self-service services, passengers can check-in online, via mobile applications or at mobile kiosks at the airport, as well as print boarding passes and baggage tags at the kiosks. CAG will cover the cost of installing the mobile kiosks at Changi Airport.

Aviation Problem-Based Challenge (APC): CAAS has also launched the APC to challenge the industry and relevant stakeholders to develop innovative solutions for the long-term development and sustainability of the industry. The first challenge under the APC is to develop automated equipment and processes to improve the loading and unloading of baggage onto narrowbody aircraft. CAAS is inviting proposals to develop working prototypes or proofs-of-concept for the complete automation of this process. A budget of SGD 10 million has been set-up to fund shortlisted proposals. The winning concept will also receive a cash prize of SGD 500 000 and additional support for the actual implementation of the solution.


Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport is about to reach saturation point and a new facility will have to be constructed “sooner or later”, according to the airport’s Director, Alfonso Sarabia. The airport, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in November 2012, is a year away from reaching maximum operating capacity, Sarabia said. The airport is expected to handle 32 million passengers in 2014. “We cannot stretch the rubber band any further at this airport; we cannot build a second runway or an elevated runway like we have here in the city, but we are going to have to see how far it goes,” Sarabia said.

Airport officials said that flight schedules had to be adjusted from 18 April 2013 to deal with the extremely high volume at the facility. Air operations exceeded the maximum hourly capacity on 52 occasions at the airport in 2012, according to the Mexican Airspace Navigation Service. The airport currently has a capacity of 61 ops/hr, with a maximum of 40 arrivals and 21 departures, the service said.


Fraport said that it would delay the commissioning of its third passenger terminal by three years due to “sluggish” air traffic growth. Construction of the new terminal is now expected to start in 2015 as Fraport will only need the extra space from around 2020. Fraport is expected to invest EUR 1.2 billion in the initial phase, compared to its previous estimated of EUR 1 billion, with an additional EUR 500 million planned to be spent on infrastructure connecting the terminal to existing buildings and highways, parking facilities and apron areas. The new terminal was originally planned to be commissioned by 2016 or 2017, with the construction period starting following the completion of tenders for individual construction stages by the middle of 2013.


Airport Security

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) has announced that its ProVision® 2 checkpoint security scanner meets European aviation standards for security scanners following testing under the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process (CEP). The ProVision 2 is an image-free system that automatically detects objects safely and effectively while ensuring passenger privacy. The Provision 2 offers a balance between addressing regulatory requirements and meeting airport operational demands for high throughput and minimal false alarms. The passenger experience with the ProVision 2 is designed to be convenient, straightforward and efficient, requiring only a single position during a 1.5-sec scan. The system uses safe millimetre wave technology to automatically detect potential aviation threats, both metallic and non-metallic, by highlighting any anomalies on a generic mannequin.


Cameras will regularly scan the faces of passengers at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland in the latest move by officials to cut queues at security screenings. The state-of-the-art facial recognition equipment from Human Recognition Systems installed throughout the baggage check and security area was scheduled to go live in early summer 2013. Trials of the MFlow Journey cameras had started during April as airport management company Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) conceded it had recently failed to contain lengthy queues. Passengers had been forced to wait for up to 30 min to get through the security screening zone during peak periods.

Each camera has a swirling blue LED light on the front designed to attract a person’s attention. The technology takes snapshots of a passenger’s face to capture their location as they travel through security. Staff are able to subsequently measure queue lengths and journey times, with officials to use the data to direct resources at bottlenecks by putting on extra staff or opening more screening machines. Human Recognition Systems (HRS) said that a person’s identification was not recorded by the snapshots. An HRS spokesman said: “It takes an image of a passenger’s face, but it converts that image into a code. It’s not like it will store an image of the passenger and keep that on file. That code can’t be reverse-engineered to create an image. As the passenger moves through the airport, it will time the passage between way points. The airport will then set a target time they would like to see their passengers flow through those way points.”

The facial recognition technology has previously been installed at London Gatwick and London City airports, which are also operated by GIP. 


Centennial Airport, CO, has announced that it will deploy a new facility security system that combines the Aquilathermal pan-and-tilt camera system from Liteye Systems Inc. and the B400 series electronic scanning ground radar system from Cambridge, U.K.-based Blighter Surveillance Systems to deliver a ring of security over the facility. The combination of the two systems will utilize the radar to scan and detect moving vehicles, persons (including ‘crawlers’) and wildlife over a wide area, slewing the thermal camera system to track those intrusions and allow fast identification of any possible threat. “After seeing first-hand the capabilities of these two systems, I knew they would be valuable to the security of our airport,” said Robert Olislagers, Director of Centennial Airport.

The combination surveillance system consists of two systems working together - Liteye’s high-performance, multi-sensor thermal camera system designed for day-night operations in the harshest weather, and Blighter Surveillance Systems’ frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing radar that features 24-hr, all-weather capability. The Aquila system from Liteye consists of three cameras: a high-resolution thermal imager with zoom; a daylight visible camera with zoom; and a daylight/low-light wide field-of-view situational awareness camera, all packaged in a rugged 360-deg continuous rotation pan-and-tilt housing. The new surveillance system will be installed and operational at the airport in early 2014. 


Preventing flyers, vehicles and wildlife from breaching airport perimeters was Dynetics’ goal when developing a new surveillance radar that allows airports to quickly discover intruders who pose a security threat. The new software-defined, web-based technology allows officials to immediately detect when there is a security breach on airport grounds. Dynetics’ spokeswoman Janet Felts said that the radar technology was built with off-the-shelf components to attract large and small airports because it is both easy to use and affordable. Based in Huntsville, AL, Dynetics showcased its new groundAware Airport Perimeter and Ground Surveillance Radar at the recent American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) annual conference in Reno, NV. Dynetics President, Tom Baumbach, said in a statement: “With groundAware, airports benefit from real-time situational awareness, which enables them to avoid surprises when intrusions take place, plus expedite responses before they threaten airport safety and security.”  

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