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Airport Industry News: October 2013

Oct 7, 2013

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

Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

The articles compiled for Brainseed and made available here represent only a very small sample of news from some of the 8 modules of the biweekly newsletter which includes the modules: Airport Development (DEV), Airport Operations (OPS), Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Air Traffic Services (ATC), Consultant & Contractor (CON), Airport Information Technology (AIT) and Maintenance Base (MRO). An extensive Calendar of Events (CAL) is part of every subscription.


Ground Handling News

Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), has announced the selection of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and joint venture partner Royal Jordanian as the preferred bidder to provide Meet and Assist services at QAIA. The decision was made following a comprehensive bidding process, which involved strict and transparent evaluation in order to ensure that bidders fulfilled preset technical and financial criteria, in line with international standards. The tender was addressed to local, regional and international service providers alike. Kjeld Binger, CEO of AIG, said: “Our main priority has always been the delivery of a unique travel experience for passengers at QAIA, which falls in line with our aim of positioning the airport as an ideal choice for leisure and business travellers, as well as a convenient transfer hub in the region. For this purpose, our service providers are determined via open tenders that allow the participation of qualified entities.”


The Nigerian Aviation Handing Company plc (Nahco Aviance) has won the 2012 Ground Handling Service Provider of the year award organized by African Airlines Association (AFRAA). The association at its recently concluded Suppliers and Stakeholders’ Conference (ASASC) held in Nairobi, Kenya, said the company had been awarded for “exceptional and exemplary service delivery to the continent’s aviation industry”. AFRAA said the award was given based on the company’s adherence to international safety and security standards, attainment of IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and investment in ground handling equipment and facilities at all its operational bases.   


Airport Security

NICE and UNICOM Government Inc. are partnering to provide Miami International Airport (MIA), FL, with a runway incursion detection solution, which will enable the airport to secure its Airfield Operations Area (AOA). UNICOM Government is deploying the NICE Situator solution for situation management to enhance safety and security by helping MIA improve its real-time detection and response to runway incursions. The project is a continuation of a UNICOM-led security infrastructure upgrade at MIA that began in 2012 and included NiceVision Net 2.5 and other security improvements. The runway incursion detection solution will enable MIA security personnel to detect any unidentified objects on a taxiway or runway, and respond quickly to mitigate the risk of a security breach or accident. NICE Situator is used to integrate video cameras from MIA’s NiceVision video management system, as well as other data sources such as radar, real-time GPS tracking, and an airport first responder communication system.


Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA, has gained approval from the Port of Seattle Commission to install automated exit lane technology to enhance the safety of its passengers. The technology has been successfully trialled at the Concourse B exit and will now be rolled out across the whole airport. Using a combination of sensors, cameras and alarms, the new technology responds instantly to security situations when arriving passengers are leaving the airside area. Designed to accommodate a high volume of passengers, three parallel one-way doors with multiple lanes funnel passengers out from the airside area. The doors open automatically and if a passenger changes direction or tries to enter from the wrong direction, an alarm is triggered and exit doors are locked. The USD 6.4 million project is partly in response to the forthcoming removal of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff from airport security exits, which will come into force at the end of 2013.


The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to lend EUR 200 million to Schiphol Group, the owner of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, to finance a major transformation of the airport. An important part of the proposed investment comprises the creation of a central security facility for the terminal, which will allow the replacement of gate security checks for flights to non-Schengen destinations by five central security filters. This will result in the enhancement of passenger comfort and efficiency of the passenger handling process for both the airport and airlines.


L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) has announced that its security screening solutions for people, packages and cargo are now available through GSA Advantage. GSA Advantage is a U.S. government purchasing website run by the General Services Administration. In addition to a full range of baggage and parcel X-ray systems, also available on GSA Advantage are the widely deployed Provision® people scanner for secure facility checkpoints and the unique CX-Mobile™ G3 for high-energy mobile cargo and vehicle X-ray inspection.


Airport Training

Serco Group Plc has signed an 18-month contract extension with the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) to continue the company’s training services for new air traffic controllers at Baghdad International Airport. Al Burhan Group will work with Serco to train air traffic controllers in the area control centre and the control tower at Baghdad International Airport until the end of January 2015. The ICAA started its partnership with Serco in 2011 and the company has worked with the airline customer to expand its airspace capacity and train more than 40 Iraqi controllers. “The Iraq airspace is a critical corridor to and from Europe for the region’s airlines and it requires safe, competent and efficient air traffic services delivery,” said Zafar Raja, Serco Middle East CEO. Serco will deploy additional instructors to the Aviation Academy to start training 100 new air controllers.


The FAA has accepted JDA’s Aviation Industry Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPs) Training Course as an approved Inspection Authorization (IA) refresher training programme. Acceptance of the course by FAA means that the JDA programme met the requirements of 14 CFR Part 65, §65.93(a) (4), for IA renewal. The FAA has assigned a programme identification number to the JDA SUPS course. The number will remain on the FAA’s active list of accepted IA renewal courses for two years before it needs to be renewed. Attendees completing the training course will receive a certificate of training citing the FAA course number. To learn more about the JDA SUPs training course go to


Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, TX, and Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) in Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance shared efforts and cooperation between DFW Airport’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Changi’s Airport Emergency Service (AES) division in the areas of fire-fighting, rescue, evacuation and fire safety strategies. Effective for five years, the MOU formalizes the partnership between the two airports to utilize assets that will continue to ensure operational excellence and safety with the best techniques in fire-fighting and training. The DFW Fire Training Research Centre (FTRC) offers the latest in fire response techniques and research to fire-fighters from around the world. The FTRC features a full-size mock-up of an Airbus A380, as well as an award winning interactive curriculum and some of the world’s most highly trained instructors on aircraft rescue fire-fighting. Changi’s Airport Emergency Service (AES) has, over the years, established itself as one of the leading organizations in Aircraft Rescue and Fire-fighting (ARFF). It provides rescue and fire protection at Singapore Changi and Seletar Airports as well as at the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) airbases within the Republic to the highest standards prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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