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Airport Industry News: Late August 2013

Aug 22, 2013

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Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

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Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is celebrating the graduation of its first group of 16 managers, 11 of whom are UAE nationals, who took part in the global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP). The Programme is approved by ICAO, the Airports Council International (ACI), and the University of Toulouse for Business Administration, in France.
In 2010, 50 managers from various departments across ADAC were enrolled, and 16 graduates have now completed the rigorous programme, making this group the largest group of graduates compared to other airports from around the world participating in the same programme. This success is in line with ADAC’s commitment to improving the performance of employees and increasing operational efficiency in the management of Abu Dhabi’s airports. The graduates were officially announced during the annual ACI Airport Exchange conference, held recently in Istanbul, Turkey. Commenting on this achievement, Ali Majed Al Mansouri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said: “Today’s announcement highlights Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s commitment to Abu Dhabi Government’s direction to have 2013 as the year to focus on Emiratization and the Company’s commitment to achieving an Emiratization rate of 50% by the end of 2015.” 


JDA Aviation Technology Solutions will hold the 2013 regulatory affairs training course in Bethesda, MD, on 23 to 24 October, with a focus on expanding knowledge about FAA regulatory affairs for air carrier, manufacturer and repair station certificate holders. The two-day session will be led by former career FAA principal inspectors and legal counsels who will provide recommended practices through real-life examples from their experiences at FAA and as private industry consultants.

The highly interactive training will ensure that attendees are knowledgeable about the FAA Flight Standards organization, as well as Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)/Certificate Management Office (CMO) inspector duties, responsibilities, authority, limitations and acceptable conduct; FAA guidance, including FAA regulations, handbooks, policies, procedures, websites, and other materials; FAA’s compliance, investigative and enforcement process, and how to review and respond to an FAA Letter of Investigation (LOI); and the methods to document communications with FAA personnel.


Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched their new online training programme directed at FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents, line service technicians, and mechanics. These new regulations, under the globally harmonized system of classification and labelling of chemicals, mandate that employers must have their employees trained on the new label elements and safety data sheet format by 1 December 2013. In addition to the other Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) online awareness training, courses offered by ATA directed toward airport operations include Line Service Technician Certification; 14 CFR 139 Supervisor Certification; 14 CFR 139 Auditor’s Practical Checklist for Completing 14 CFR139 Inspection; FBO Preparation for the 14 CFR 139 Inspection, and Self Fueling Operations.

The Qantas Group in Australia has created up to 100 new jobs with the establishment of maintenance and training facilities in Melbourne for Jetstar Airways, as the airline prepares to take delivery of its first Boeing 787. State-of-the-art equipment including a B787 flight simulator, will be installed at the group’s flight training centre in Airport West as part of an AUD 100 million investment in anticipation of the first B787 delivery by the end of September 2013.


Airport Security

CLEAR’s biometric identity verification solution will now expedite traveller services at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), CA, starting in September 2013. The San Jose launch is the ninth airport addition to CLEAR’s growing national network and expands the Bay Area presence. Additionally, two of the top 10 most popular destinations from San Jose (Denver and Dallas) are already CLEAR airports. This, in addition to the launch of CLEAR at both Houston airports (IAH and HOU) in November 2013 will further drive the network effect for current and future CLEAR members. “We’re pleased to once again offer CLEAR’s cutting-edge and efficient pre-screening service to travellers,” said Bill Sherry, Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport. “We were the first Bay Area airport to offer CLEAR in 2007, and now is the ideal time to resume this service as passenger traffic at Silicon Valley’s airport is on the rebound due to more air service choices and an improving economy.”


Sochi International Airport in Russia has taken delivery of a suite of new security systems to enhance security in the run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Built on a single software platform, the security network combines video analysis, biometric access control systems based on fingerprint and 3D facial geometry recognition, electronic passes, and situation management, in accordance with various scenarios. The project was completed in June 2013 by local contractor Elektronika. One of the airport workers’ access control systems was provided by Artec Group and consists of the company’s Broadway 3D Face Recognition System. The system is claimed to take less than 1 sec to capture face surface information that comprises around 40 0000 points. Artec said that the technology could identify a person on the move, or wearing a hat or sunglasses. Registration takes up to 2 sec and throughput is 60 people/min.


TNT Express Worldwide has invested in a new scanning facility at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, to detect the presence of microscopic particles of both drugs and explosives. Produced by Smiths Detection, the Ionscan 500DT will run as a second screening method beside the standard dual view X-Ray machine inspection system. TNT said that the investment showed its commitment to the development of Thailand as a main transport hub in the ASEAN region.


Westminster Group has been invited to start final contract negotiations by the end of August 2013 in relation to the provision of a complete security package for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. “There can be no certainty as to the length, timing or eventual outcome of this or our various other discussions and negotiations, although we are extremely encouraged by the progress our aviation division is making,” the company said in a statement. In May 2013, the company said that it was at various stages of discussions with a number of other airports within Africa serving an aggregate 4.3 million embarking passengers a year.  

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