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New FAA pavement design software

3 April 2007 | By Dr. David R. Brill, Program Manager, Airport Pavement Technology and William J. Hughes, Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

After a 10-year research and development effort, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to debut a new software package for airport pavement thickness design. The new program is called FAA Rigid and Flexible Iterative Elastic Layered Design, but is known by its acronym, FAArfield. In addition to putting the…

A safe journey for disabled air passengers

3 April 2007 | By Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum

There are more than 50 million disabled people in the European Union: men and women, young and old, married, single, with or without children, active or unemployed. Despite the fact that disabled people, representing 10 per cent of the population, can hardly be considered as a minority, they remain fairly…

Right to flight

3 April 2007 | By Anne Houtman, Director "General Affairs", Directorate-General Energy and Transport, European Commission

EU guarantees the rights of disabled people and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air. The Single Aviation Market has brought Europeans important benefits, including a wider choice of destinations and carriers, as well as lower fares. It has opened air transport to a majority of citizens. Air travel…

A strategic approach to planning baggage systems

3 April 2007 | By Dave Tomber, Planning Program Manager, Seattle-Tacoma International

Baggage systems play a critically important part in airport operations. The visibility of baggage systems to executive management has only heightened with the implementation of federally mandated inline screening systems. Yet, baggage systems remain a headache for airports, airlines, and the Transportation Security Administration. More puzzling is the unfortunate reality…

Runway bottleneck optimising the optimum

3 April 2007 | By Dieter Kaden, Chairman and Chief Executive Office and Ralph Riedle, Director Operations, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

Delays in air traffic have a great variety of causes that are often aggravated by knock-on effects due to the individual process structure of a flight. Furthermore, it is the weakest link in the aviation chain that determines the success of the overall system. This is most evident in the…

Aircraft rescue fire fighting history

3 April 2007 | By Marc Tonnacliff, ARFF Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Since the early existence of man and the advent of fire, there has been a need for fire prevention and fire control. Fire fighting has an established history dating back to the ancient times of our ancestors. We have evolved from bucket brigades to horse drawn pumpers to highly sophisticated…

AIRBUS A380 lands in the City of Angels

3 April 2007 | By Steve Coldicott

Los Angeles, Calif. March 19, 2007 – The world’s largest commercial airliner, the 555-seat Airbus A380, landed today in Los Angeles, California, and received a welcome worthy of the movie stars the region is most known for.

Cancún International Airport expands

3 April 2007 | By Fernando Chico Pardo, Chairman and CEO, ASUR

This article presents an overview of the ambitious airport development projects in the region in recent years: the expansion of Cancún International Airport in the southeast of Mexico.

A new approach to runway safety

3 April 2007 | By Tuuli Daavittila, Tom Hätinen, Head Investigator and Matts-Anders Nyberg, Deputy Director, Finavia

Over the last few years, international organisations have recommended various national and international campaigns that could be used to help improve flight safety culture at a national and global level. Finland has responded to these recommendations in a unique way and through a widely implemented campaign.

Surface friction management at MSP

3 April 2007 | By Joshua Paurus and Jeff Mattson, Assistant Managers, Airside Operations Department, Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is a public corporation of the State of Minnesota, USA. With staff of approximately 550 employees, the MAC owns and operates MSP and six reliever airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Operating much like a private business, the MAC pays expenses from the revenues…

Toronto Pearson International Airport: partners in security

3 April 2007 | By Jim Bertram, Director of Public Safety and Security Steering Committee, ACI-NA (Airports Council International – North America)

With the ever-changing aviation industry, security at airports worldwide has been called upon to adapt in preparation of new and rising global threats. At Toronto Pearson International Airport, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) mitigates the risk posed by global and local events by administering a comprehensive security program.

World’s first FOD detection system at YVR

3 April 2007 | By Brett Patterson, Director, Operations Safety and Planning, Vancouver Airport Authority

In March 2000 an A330 departed YVR’s runway 08R shortly after 8pm. During its takeoff roll, and unknown to the flight crew, the port engine cowling fell off the aircraft and shattered into hundreds of pieces down one side of the runway. The flight crew of the tenth aircraft to…

Managing the risks of bird strikes

3 April 2007 | By Dr. Richard A. Dolbeer, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Chairperson, Bird Strike Committee USA

When making a list of the activities that an airport manager must oversee, most people would never consider a program to manage birds and other wildlife. However, aircraft collisions with birds (bird strikes) at airports are an increasing economic and safety problem for the air transport industry worldwide. Based on…

Emissions trading and the aviation industry

3 April 2007 | By Andreas Hardeman, Assistant Director Aviation and Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Climate change is a serious matter that concerns us all. Rightly there is a public debate about how to limit CO2 or carbon emissions, the main greenhouse gas linked to climate change. As one of the contributors to global CO2 emissions, the air transport industry takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.…

Fuel efficiency

3 April 2007 | By Juergen Haacker, Director Operations. International Air Transport Association

Conserving fuel is important for two very obvious reasons. First, given the high price of oil, airlines can save considerable sums of money by using less fuel through improved fuel efficiency. Secondly, if an airplane uses less fuel, it will produce lower CO2 emissions. Just a 1% reduction in the…