Brainseed | Profile

News & Updates

Airport Industry News: Early July 2013

Jul 1, 2013


Published biweekly –  available by annual subscription only (at a discounted rate through Brainseed) –

Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

This information is provided by Momberger Airport Information as part of its partnership with Brainseed Global. Read about the partnership here.




British Airways has chosen ISG plc to build a new flight training campus at its East Maintenance Base next to London Heathrow Airport. The centre will occupy two existing buildings and house 16 state-of-the-art aircraft simulators. Construction work will see ISG carry out extensive modifications to two former technical building blocks. One of the blocks will house the flight simulator training hall located within the grade II listed structure. ISG will carefully strip out the building and install a two-storey mezzanine structure running the full length of the 300-m hall to service the flight simulators. Following the completion of ISG's project, British Airways will relocate a further 14 existing simulators from its nearby Cranebank Training facility to create the new centre of excellence.

At the other 10-storey block, ISG will carry out a comprehensive strip out back to shell and core, reconfiguring and fitting out the floors to Cat B specification. The contractor will deliver approximately 200 000 ft² of high-specification office and training accommodation. The fit out includes the creation of an auditorium, as well as a restaurant and a full range of offices, meeting rooms, training facilities and learning resources across the three floors. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014. 


Ghana's Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, has symbolically laid a brick for the construction of a seven-storey complex for the Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA) at Kotoka International Airport. She called on the GCAA to continue to explore other ways of revenue generation. Mrs Attivor said the GCAA has taken a bold initiative to build the academy with internally generated funds and urged the corporate entity to engage the private sector as a partner in developing the industry. Mrs Attivor said that, when GATA is completed, it would equip aviation industry personnel with the requisite skills to avert accidents and other negative incidents in the aviation industry in the sub-region. She said the Training Academy was being expanded at a time when Ghana's aviation sector was experiencing tremendous growth.

The seven-storey building, which costs about USD 10 million, will house lecture theatres, offices, a library, simulation centres, computer laboratories, cafeteria and a 200-person capacity conference facility.


Ground Handling News

Nigeria's Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) has been recognized as the ‘Most Proactive and Customer-friendly Ground Handling Services Operator in Nigeria', by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), at its just concluded 19th Annual Seminar and Industry Recognition Awards, held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Conference Centre, Lagos. According to LAAC, SAHCOL was picked for the award as a result of "its exemplary leadership in offering first class services and investing in state-of-the-art equipment to promote safety and efficiency in ground operations." It added that SAHCOL was selected by an independent panel of enquiry to be the only recipient of the 2013 Corporate Industry Recognition Award.


DHL has opened its newly expanded and upgraded global hub for the Americas at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), KY. DHL Express, a division of global logistics company DHL, has invested USD 105 million over the past four years to enhance infrastructure and add state-of-the-art sorting capabilities to meet increasing demand. The expansion includes a new 180 000-ft² sorting facility specifically designed to accommodate larger express shipments, an expanded south ramp for additional wide-body aircraft, an employee and pilot building, and a facility-wide information technology upgrade. The expanded global hub sits at the heart of the DHL U.S. network, with flights connecting customers from more than 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the U.S. In addition to global hubs in Hong Kong and Germany, the CVG hub completes the backbone of the DHL intercontinental network.


Airport Security

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) demonstrated its new ProVision® 2 system, which offers Automatic Target Detection (ATD) capability with a smaller overall footprint, at the recent Paris Air Show. The Provision 2 is ideally suited for aviation applications and is approved for European screening under the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process (CEP). "The ProVision 2 is our second personnel scanner to meet the EU CEP standard, following the qualification of the widely deployed ProVision ATD last year," said Thomas Ripp, President of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. "The system's software-based architecture offers a simple upgrade path as new EU regulatory requirements emerge."

The image-free ProVision 2 system offers airports the ideal balance between addressing industry regulations and meeting high-volume operational demands. The system does all the work for the customer, requiring no special movements or motions, and potential threats are indicated on a generic mannequin image. The compact design of the ProVision 2 enables it to fit into space-constrained checkpoint areas with low (2.4-m/8-ft) ceilings. The system needs less floor space than the ProVision ATD system seen in airports around the world and features an open design that allows passengers to maintain visual contact with their belongings throughout the entire screening process.

More than 1000 ProVision ATD and ProVision 2 systems have been procured worldwide by nearly 250 airports with deployments on six continents.

SDS also announced that it will supply Rio de Janeiro's Galeão International Airport and Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport with its eXaminer® systems and other detection equipment to be used in the airports' first fully automated baggage handling and sorting systems. "These new systems will enable the airports to provide enhanced security and improve operational efficiencies," Ripp said. L-3 SDS will deliver several screening solutions to the airports' baggage handling systems and services supplier, Vanderlande Industries. These include the eXaminer® 3DX and eXaminer® SX computed tomography systems, MVT-HR® automated high-speed explosives detection systems, as well as OptiNetTM networking and service to help clear more bags with fewer staff.


Smiths Detection's HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has been installed at Bremen Airport in Germany, the equipment's first fully operational deployment. The advanced Explosives Detection System (EDS), which uses X-ray imaging and CT (Computed Tomography), allows the airport to upgrade checked baggage screening at Terminal 3 to the highest ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) EDS Standard 3 requirements for the first time. Hans Zirwes, Vice President of International Sales at Smiths Detection, said: "The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is ideally suited for the installation at all airports requiring high baggage throughput while lowering operational costs. Standard 3 requirements will be mandatory for new EDS equipment at EU airports from September 2014 onwards."

The XCT, which provides an imaging solution based on Smiths Detection's dual-view, dual-energy, X-ray technology and CT from Analogic Corporation, is claimed to be one of the fastest, largest tunnel-sized checked baggage screening systems that is EU Standard 3 certified. With a belt speed of 0.5 m/sec, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT can screen up to 1800 bags per hour.


Faro Airport in Portugal is one of three European airports that have been chosen to test-run a state-of-the-art security system designed to integrate and monitor all components of airport security, maximizing the ability to respond to a possible threat in real-time. Costing EUR 14 million, the project has the EU's backing with financing of EUR 9 million. Described as a "multi-level, multi-intelligence and surveillance system" aimed at creating "a comprehensive airport security solution", TASS (Total Airport Security System) provides real-time situational awareness of all airport facilities and its surroundings. "This project comes from the concept that nowadays airport security is increasingly costly for EU State members and airports have become prime targets for situations of attack, and therefore given the growing threat airport security is a concern", explained Isabel Oliveira, Portuguese airport management company ANA's head of Investment, Development and Special Technology Projects.

TASS brings together eight major segments of airport security control including people, facilities, airplanes, baggage, cargo, vehicles, environment and cyberspace and fuses them together to find correlations and anomalies when a threat emerges. It then allows for up-to-date information to be shared among airport security authorities, who will be able to assess and determine the best ways to neutralize the threat.
To test the system's effectiveness three European airports of contrasting dimensions were chosen to host test-runs. A first test-run was carried out at London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5, during the 2012 Olympic Games. Portugal's Faro Airport followed on 29 May 2013, chosen for being a small, private airport, with a lot of tourists and seasonal movement. A third test-run will be carried out in Athens Airport, in Greece. "We are trying to show that in these three airports with different technological solutions and different procedures there are clear advantages to fusing information," Oliveira said. 


Morpho Detection Inc. has announced that Infraero, Brazil's national airport operator, has purchased 45 Itemiser® DX desktop explosives trace detection (ETD) systems. A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser DX can detect residue from explosives on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, cargo, vehicles and other surfaces. Under terms of the contract, all systems will be deployed to airports in Brazil later in 2013 to support passenger and baggage screening efforts.

During a recent trial closely supported by Proscan, Morpho Detection's local partner, Itemiser DX underwent comprehensive testing and evaluation prior to being qualified by Infraero for use in Brazil. Looking to comply with global security regulations in advance of major events including the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Infraero chose Itemiser DX to replace legacy systems and help provide the highest level of security possible. -- First introduced in 2009, more than 3000 Itemiser DX units have been deployed to airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical infrastructure and secure locations around the world.


The Chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd (GACL), George Kuntu Blankson, said that a contingent from the country's National Security had been deployed to take over the security operations at the Kotoka International Airport. The Government had ordered the GACL to terminate its contract with Sohin Security Company, providers of security at Kotoka International Airport, after the Chief Security Officer of the company was arrested in the U.S. for drug trafficking. In an interview, Blankson explained that the personnel from the National Security were to provide effective surveillance "in order not to allow anybody to interfere with the sanctity of our republic." He clarified that Sohin Security Company was only contracted to augment the security at the airport, saying: "The airport ... has its security called Arseck, and they have their commander there and that commander was not involved in this." According Blankson, Sohin Security Company was employed with the aim of enabling private entrepreneurs to help with security services at the airport and also to provide jobs. 


We Proudly Support
Water Wells for Africa