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Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Gernot Kessler, Head of Airport Section, European Aviation Safety Agency
Airport safety has joined other criteria such as operational excellence, efficiency, customer service and environmental proficiency at the leading edge of performance for airports on the global scene, says Gernot Kessler, Head of Airport Section at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
We are fortunate to be able to look back at another safe year for European aviation, including a very promising airport-side incident record. And now, as we approach the end of the winter season, European airports have once again proved that they are able to cope with operations without allowing safety levels to be impaired.
Aspects of airport safety rarely get mentioned in public discussion, which tends to focus on economic and environmental matters or on occasional operational glitches. But there are other challenges which should be at the forefront of people’s minds. (more…)
Tagged with: European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Gernot Kessler
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Vienna International Airport
With 20,000 employees, more than 22 million passengers annually and two new modernised terminal check-in areas, Vienna International Airport has become the premier gateway to Eastern Europe.
Flughafen Wien AG, responsible for Vienna International Airport, is a modern, listed corporation with a diversified service portfolio. Vienna’s celebrated punctuality, security implementations and high-quality services all contribute to the airport’s success. This, coupled with the airport’s geographical location in the heart of Europe makes it an ideal transfer hub for flights between Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Vienna International Airport is the largest airport in Austria and offers flights to 38 destinations in Eastern Europe throughout the entire reporting year, cementing it as the leading hub to that region. (more…)
Tagged with: Airport profiles, Vienna International Airport
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Dan Ebbinghaus, Vice President - Government Solutions, SITA
Security checkpoints at airports remain the number one bugbear for travellers. But, as Dan Ebbinghaus, Vice President – Government Solutions at SITA explains, the day when they are so embedded with smart IT that they are hardly even noticed by passengers, is drawing nearer.
In Europe, that day came a step closer when European Union (EU) member states implemented recommendations to move to self-service border control using Automated Border Control (ABC) gates. As part of this initiative, sophisticated biometrics technology can be now used for automated border gates – or ‘e-gates’ – at immigration control points throughout European airports. This is a critical part of the EU’s shift towards self-service border control. (more…)
Tagged with: Airport security, Dan Ebbinshaus, Security, SITA
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / John S. Pistole, TSA Administrator
TSA Administrator, John S. Pistole, provides an insight into how the Transportation Security Administration is transforming airport security.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues its transformation from an organisation that screens every passenger in the same ‘one size fits all’ way, to a risk-based, intelligence-driven model. The TSA uses the latest technology, analyses and shares intelligence in real-time, and applies the principles of risk-mitigation and riskmanagement to carry out its mission to safeguard the free movement of people and commerce across all modes of transportation. It is an evolution we began in earnest in late- 2011, deploying several new initiatives and modifying some of our existing security screening protocols to more closely reflect this commitment to risk-based security. In large part, the operational changes I referenced can already be seen in many of the United States’ busiest airports. In the latter half of 2011, we began looking at additional information to help us determine if there were certain age-based decisions we could make. In other words, did current intelligence indicate the possibility of modifying our security screening protocols to expedite the movement of some passengers through the checkpoint based solely on their age? (more…)
Tagged with: Airport security, John S. Pistole, Security, TSA
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Yves Duguay, Senior Vice President - Operations and Passenger Experience, CATSA
Today’s passengers want all possible security threats detected quickly and with minimal waiting time, while being treated like valued paying customers. Yves Duguay, Senior Vice President – Operations and Passenger Experience at CATSA, explains why it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Providing a quality security service is at the heart of what the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) strives to achieve. It has taken a decade for the corporation to build systematic and robust programmes to deliver this valuable service to the 51 million passengers who pass through Canada’s airports every year. (more…)
Tagged with: CATSA, Security, Yves Duguay
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Chris Wilson, Control Centre Manager, Birmingham Airport
Chris Wilson, Control Centre Manager at Birmingham Airport, details how the airport’s new purpose-built control facility strengthened the airport’s operational effectiveness.
Ask any airport operator what their key priorities are and you’ll no doubt hear them mention safety, security and customer service. At Birmingham Airport, the UK’s third largest outside London and seventh largest overall, these are our top priorities and as such we’ve made significant investments across all parts of the business to improve these core areas, whilst also enhancing our infrastructure and operational efficiency.
The benefits of investing in our infrastructure over recent years, such as the development of a new International Pier and the merger of the previous two terminals into one, can be visibly seen and have gone a long way to benefit both airline customers and passengers. (more…)
Tagged with: Birmingham Airport, Chris Wilson, Control Centre Communications
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Giorgio Medici, Customer Care Officer, SEA, Milan Airports' Managing Company
Finding the answer to the ‘what makes an airport great’ question is no trivial matter. Giorgio Medici, Customer Care Officer at SEA, Milan Airports’ Managing Company, believes it lies in creating the perfect passenger experience.
Science fiction novelist, Douglas Adams once wrote: “Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort. This ugliness arises because airports are full of people who are tired, cross and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only exception of this otherwise infallible rule) and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs1.” (more…)
Tagged with: Giorgio Medici, Milan, Passenger Flow, SEA, SEA – Milan Airports
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Dr Clive A Jackson, Wind Farms Technical Authority, BAE Systems
Credible mitigation options are needed to allow wind farms and airport radars to co-exist. Dr Clive A Jackson, Wind Farms Technical Authority at BAE Systems, explains how harmony can be achieved.
Wind farms are likely to be a significant contributor to the future global energy mix if targets for reducing global carbon emissions are to be met, and as a result, we’re likely to see more on- and offshore wind farms springing up. However, before wind farms can be constructed, they are subject to local and national planning regulations.
In many countries, these require environmental and economic impact assessments. Of particular relevance to wind farms is the potential impact they may have on air safety. Aviation organisations are thus often consulted and may object during the statutory planning process. More than 50 per cent of wind farm planning applications in the UK fail or are significantly delayed due to aviation objections, and similar concerns exist internationally. (more…)
Tagged with: ATC, ATC / ATM, ATM, BAE Systems, Dr Clive Jackson, Radars
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Ann Crook, Director of Aviation, Elmira Corning Regional Airport and President of the New York Aviation Management Association
Ann Crook, Director of Aviation at Elmira Corning Regional Airport and President of the New York Aviation Management Association, discusses how efforts are being made to lessen and control the crowded airspace above New York City.
Airports in New York’s Upstate and Western regions have particular concerns about the impacts of congestion in the New York City airspace. The New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA) has been following efforts to manage the congested airspace and reduce associated delays. From the vantage point of both inside and outside one of the world’s most congested aviation systems, NYAMA has been a supporter of the NextGen initiative. (more…)
Tagged with: ATC, ATM, Elmira Corning Regional Airport, New York Aviation Management Association
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Paul Fraser-Bennison, Policy and Strategy Officer for Aerodrome and Air Traffic Standards, UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Paul Fraser-Bennison, Policy and Strategy Officer for Aerodrome and Air Traffic Standards at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) assesses the CAA’s latest winter operations trial
Airline operators require information about factors which affect their aircraft take-off and landing performance. Much of this is readily available; the runway length; the height above sea level; the air temperature and pressure on the day; and local weather conditions. However, what is difficult to provide is an indication of how well the runway surface will perform if contaminated. When precipitation falls as snow, sleet or rain heavy enough for deposits more than 3mm deep a runway is termed ‘contaminated’ and revised performance calculations have to be used. (more…)
Tagged with: ATC, Friction testing, Paul Fraser-Bennison, UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Yap Ong Heng, Director General, CAAS
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has recently entered a Memorandum of Agreement with Nanyang Technological University to create the first Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI). International Airport Review spoke to Mr Yap Ong Heng, CAAS Director-General, about the initiative
Asia-Pacific is the world’s fastest growing region in terms of air traffic; what challenges does this present for air traffic management (ATM)?
Projections are that strong growth will continue in the Asia-Pacific region. This will also raise the complexity of the air transport system in the region. Both present significant challenges for ATM, and it cannot just remain business as usual. (more…)
Tagged with: CAAS, Industry Insight, Yap Ong Heng
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / James Bogusz, Director of Airside Operations, Technology and Environment, Victoria Airport Authority
Airports must ensure that pilots have accurate and timely information on the conditions of paved airfield surfaces. James Bogusz, Director of Airside Operations, Technology and Environment at the Victoria Airport Authority, looks at how Victoria International Airport has enhanced surface condition reporting To help frame the technological advancements that occurred in Canada last year, it’s important to look at the broader view of condition reporting from recent years. At Victoria International Airport (CYYJ) – the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year – runways, taxiways and aprons are inspected at least three times a day, checking for foreign object debris, paved surface conditions and of course the status of visual aids such as airfield lighting, precision approach path indicators and signage.
The information is collected and recorded on an Aircraft Movement Surface Condition Report (AMSCR) and provided to the piloting community through NOTAM by faxing a paper form to NAV Canada. NAV Canada then disseminates this information to the pilots that need it through the Notice to Airman (NOTAM) process. (more…)
Tagged with: Canada, Runway, Surface Operations, Victoria Airport Authority, Victoria International Airport
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / Ian Jopson, Head of Environment and Community Affairs, NATS
In a bid to save fuel and cut carbon emissions, NATS has developed a flight profile monitor tool. Ian Jopson, Head of Environment and Community Affairs at NATS, extols the virtues of the new technology
Data is everywhere these days; from the huge tranches of minute information supermarkets collect on our buying habits, to the enormous databases insurance companies cultivate to help them understand and quantify risk. And in each case, it is the business with access to the richest and deepest data that is then best equipped to make the smartest decisions. (more…)
Tagged with: Aircraft Performance, Fuel, Fuel efficiency, NATS
Latest issue / 4 April 2013 / George Saounatsos, CEO, Bahrain Airport Services (BAS)
International Airport Review speaks to George Saounatsos, CEO of Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), about the company’s current status, plans, and regional developments in the industry
In a nutshell, what are the main objectives BAS is currently working on?
We are working intensively on transforming the DNA of the company and converting BAS into a modern, competitive business with a performance-based and customer-centric culture. A number of organisational changes are being implemented which are modifying the shape of key business units to achieve a more efficient and lean management structure. (more…)
Tagged with: Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), Final Call, George Saounatsos