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Change and challenge in European Air Traffic Management

30 May 2008 | By David McMillan, Director General, EUROCONTROL

It might be a truism, but change is gradually changing. This can be seen in the accelerating rate that new inventions are adopted wide-scale. The World Bank recently conducted a study into this and found that in the past, it took a long time before new technology was adopted.

‘World Class Emergency Services at a World Class Airport’

30 May 2008 | By Jessie Gentry, Division Commander of Fire Operations – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is known as the economic engine for North Texas. It is strategically located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth and serves as the gateway to air travel around the world. At over 18,000 acres and with seven runways, DFW continues to be…

ICAO language proficiency requirements

30 May 2008 | By Mrs Nicole Barrette-Sabourin, Project Manager for Language Proficiency Requirements, ICAO

On 5 March 2008, new ICAO language proficiency requirements came into effect for pilots and air traffic controllers involved in international flight operations. They deal with the ability to speak and understand the language used for radiotelephony communications at Operational Level 4. At the ICAO Assembly in September 2007, a…

The Argentine airport system

30 May 2008 | By Ernesto Gutiérrez, President of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 S.A.

Ernesto Gutiérrez, former CEO and president of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, speaks about how the company has invested in improving air travel in Latin America with a view to improving passenger experience and promoting tourism.

Brisbane Airport: meeting the challenge of growth

30 May 2008 | By Koen Roojimans , Managing Director and CEO, Brisbane Airport

With the population of South East Queensland on the rise and the region becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination, over 17 million people are travelling through Brisbane Airport every year. Now is the time to lock in the benefits of growth by investing in the future.

‘A world best air hub’

30 May 2008 | By Jaehee Lee, President & CEO, Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC)

Who could possibly imagine that a seven-year-old airport could sweep most of the prestigious awards in the international airport industry? Incheon International Airport, the gateway to South Korea and one of the largest and busiest airports in Asia, is leading the way into the region’s future.

‘New Zealand’s Airport’

30 May 2008 | By Don Huse, Chief Executive Officer, Auckland International Airport

Voted as the airport with the friendliest staff in the world, Auckland Airport (AKL and NZAA) is one of New Zealand’s pivotal infrastructure assets and a major South Pacific hub...

Monitoring the performance of aerodrome ground lighting

30 May 2008 | By Dr Karen McMenemy, Dr James Niblock and Dr Jian-Xun Peng, Intelligent Systems and Control Research Cluster, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queens University Belfast

Researchers at Queen’s are developing a prototype device which can be placed inside the cockpit of an aircraft. This device consists of a camera which is capable of collecting images of the landing lighting during an approach to an airport. These images can subsequently be analysed to determine the performance…

A promising co-operation between railways and airlines

30 May 2008 | By Klaus Ebeling, Secretary General, European Intermodal Association (EIA)

As a backbone, the international worldwide supply chain needs high quality express freight services. This kind of airfreight has the highest growth rate in the transport sector (over 10%). Air sector transport represents only 1% of the global freight volume but 30% of the transport value. Within Europe, international express…

European security research – Joint Emergency Response Exercise 2007

28 March 2008 | By Not known

Four years ago the European Commission set up an initiative to increase security for European citizens. It started with a Preparatory Action for Security Research (PASR), with E45 million of research funding over a three year period. This was driven by the Directorate General of Enterprise. In addition to this,…

New loading modules for the pavement test vehicle

28 March 2008 | By Donald Barbagallo, Project Manager, FAA

From its dedication in 1999, the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF), of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been tasked with conducting research on both rigid and flexible airport pavements. The facility offers a unique opportunity to study, instrument and record full-depth soil and pavement interactions under a…

Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection research

28 March 2008 | By Jim Patterson Jr, Airport Safety Specialist, FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting research to evaluate various technologies capable of detecting Foreign Object Debris (FOD), that may have fallen onto a runway or taxiway. The research being conducted under this program is very aggressive, calling for the installation of different detection technologies at major United States…

La Galerie Parisienne: A centrepiece of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub

28 March 2008 | By Pierre Graff, Chairman & CEO, Aéroports de Paris

La Galerie Parisienne is the new boarding satellite of terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. It has handled nearly 2.4 million passengers since it was unveiled by the French Republic President, Nicolas Sarkozy, in June 2007. This satellite, in line with Aéroports de Paris strategy, allows the growth of…

The ‘Open Access Model’ fuel farm

28 March 2008 | By Rajgopal Swami, CFO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL)

Travel to any airport in the country and among the many things you will see are trucks re-fuelling aircraft while they are parked on the apron area. It is not just in India. This is commonplace in many other airports across the globe. The new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at…

Winter at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL)

28 March 2008 | By Erik Gill, Director of Airport Services, Oslo Airport

Based on many years of experience, winter at Oslo Airport is defined as the period between 15 October and 15 April. This is when we enter a period which will require the planning to have been completed and the manpower and equipment to be in place. We have to ensure…