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Applying TETRA at your airport

1 December 2006 | By Harald Ludwig, Chairman - Technical Forum, TETRA MoU Association

TETRA is more than just a digital radio communications system. A growing number of airport users are discovering that the rich feature set of TETRA and its broad range of data services can be used to improve the efficiency of daily tasks and workflows.

Automating ATM: “Stripless” earns its spurs

1 December 2006 | By Alain Rossier, Chief Executive Officer, skyguide

Skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation service provider, has achieved tangible improvements in both working comfort and ATC capacity since it adopted its new “stripless” air traffic management system in December 2005. To date, experience of the new system has been highly positive; the controllers’ enthusiasm for their new work-tool is a…

Leading on climate change

1 December 2006 | By Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Atlantic

I am the first to admit that I am only a recent convert to the need to tackle climate change. I was inspired after meeting the former US Vice-President, Al Gore, who convinced me that I could play a part in convincing others that it was time for urgent change.

ATM training at Entry Point North

1 December 2006 | By Anne Kathrine Jensen, Managing Director, Entry Point North AB – Nordic ATS Academy

Entry Point North AB – Nordic ATS Academy – is the outcome of a constructive partnership between the Air Navigation Service Providers in Scandinavia: Avinor AS in Norway, LFV Group in Sweden and Naviair in Denmark. The academy was officially opened in March 2006 and welcomed the first students from…

Airports and aviation weather services: A new alliance forming?

1 December 2006 | By Dr. H. Puempel, Chief of Aeronautical Meteorology Unit, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Ever since the Wright Brothers, prior to the first motorised flight, worried about prevalent wind directions in 1904, aviation and weather have been twinned by fate and forced to work together. Aviators learned to respect weather from the day that they first attempted to fly; apart from human error, it…

From humble beginnings

11 September 2006 | By HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President – Department of Civil Aviation, Dubai

Aviation in Dubai was once limited to a single, modest port built on dusty wasteland. Now, it knows no limits. Dubai International Airport is expanding in a US$ 4.1 billion development programme, while 40 kilometres away, work has begun on constructing the world’s largest airport.

Improving safety standards for ground handling

11 September 2006 | By Mike O’Brien, Director – Operational Safety Audit Programme, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that ground damage costs airlines US$4 billion per year. Mike O’Brien reports on efforts to reduce the cost 50% by 2010 through the Ground Damage Prevention Programme (GDPP).

Regulating dangerous goods

11 September 2006 | By David Brennan, Assistant Director – Special Cargo Standards, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

On the face of it, transporting dangerous goods by air, particularly on passenger aircraft would appear to be counter intuitive. The reality is that regulations for the air transport of dangerous goods have been in place for over 50 years.

Fuelling excellence at HKIA

11 September 2006 | By B S Chow, General Manager – Aviation Logistics Business Unit, Airport Authority Hong Kong

In October 2004, Hong Kong International Airport was presented with an IATA Fuel Trade Forum award in recognition of the excellent management of its aviation fuel system. B S Chow discusses the pioneering design and unique characteristics that have seen the system become an industry model.

The lights will be on

11 September 2006 | By Daniel Hartman, Airfield Manager, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

How does an airport that experiences Arctic type weather consistently remain open? Daniel Hartman discusses the demands of an Alaskan winter, when ambient temperatures can fall as low as -38 degrees, with wind chills down to -60, equipment oil and hydraulic fluids are like thick syrup and starter heads blow…

The next step in aviation security

11 September 2006 | By Rob. L. Townsend, SOC Analyst, San Francisco International Airport

To counter an ever present, ever shifting threat, aviation security must be a constant work in progress. At San Francisco International Airport, that progress has recently leapt forward.

Twelve-month summer: friction testing at Arlanda

11 September 2006 | By Pär Blom, Training Officer – Field Department, Stockholm/Arlanda Airport

To ensure the safe take-off and landing of aircraft, it is essential for airports to provide pilots with an accurate assessment of runway surface conditions. Pär Blom explains the principles behind friction testing, one of aviation’s least celebrated, but most critical procedures.

A railway to your airport – ally or enemy?

11 September 2006 | By Andrew Sharp, Director General, International Air Rail Organisation

That question is already answered in most of Europe but it is still the subject of debate in North America, where rail transport is regarded as too expensive, detrimental to parking revenues and surplus to demand. The advantages, counters Andrew Sharp, outweigh the disadvantages.

Coping with growth

11 September 2006 | By Robert Hilliard, Director, Dublin Airport & Paul O’Kane, Communications Manager – Capital Development Programme, Dublin Airport

It’s a problem that faces most of Europe’s airports; the construction process is not always conducive to an efficient boarding process. One solution, employed at Dublin Airport, is Temporary Boarding Gates.

A unique brand of airport

11 September 2006 | By Urs Brütsch, Head of Marketing Communication, Unique (Flughafen Zürich AG)

Winning passenger figures depend on winning passenger trust. Urs Brütsch explains the role of marketing in securing the hearts, minds and business of consumers.