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Issue 2 2008



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…


World-class baggage handling operations

28 March 2008 | By Tebogo Mekgoe, Assistant General Manager, O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA)

Considering that O.R. Tambo International Airport is fast gaining status as world class, it is no wonder that all the facilities and technologies available in the airport precinct compare with the best in the world. As the largest airport in Africa, currently processing over 18 million passengers annually, Airports Company…


Development of friction testing in the UK

28 March 2008 | By Paul Fraser-Bennison, Aerodrome Standards Policy Officer, UK CAA Safety Regulation Group

On 6 February 1958, an aircraft crashed whilst making its third attempt to take off from Munich's Reim Airport. Twenty-three of the passengers and crew on board were killed. After a lengthy investigation, the cause of the accident was identified as slush on the runway. Fifty years later, this event…


Opportunities for reducing surface emissions

28 March 2008 | By Prof. Hamsa Balakrishnan, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Flights in the United States spent more than 20 million minutes taxiing in to their gates and over 49 million minutes taxiing out for departure in the year 2006. Aircraft taxiing on the surface contribute significantly to the fuel burn and emissions at airports.


IATA – a training strategy for airports

28 March 2008 | By Professor Paul Clark, Director – IATA Training and Development Institute

Many people believe that IATA, as the representative of the airline industry, has an exclusive focus on airlines. This could not be further from the truth. IATA’s contribution embraces all key sectors of the industry, especially airports. A key IATA commercial objective is to provide integrated solutions to member airlines,…


The new Quito International Airport: more than just an air terminal

28 March 2008 | By Luis Eduardo Pérez, Executive President, Corporación Quiport S.A.

Buried deep in the mountains, Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is set in the Pichincha province at 2,800 metres above sea level (masl). The International Airport, Mariscal Sucre, opened 73 years ago, is located at the same altitude.


Cancún International Airport goes from strength to strength

28 March 2008 | By Fernando Chico Pardo, President and CEO of ASUR

Following inauguration of a state-of-the-art new terminal in 2007, the airport’s operator, ASUR, is continuing its capacity expansion programme with the construction of a second runway for simultaneous operations. Early last year, I was pleased to receive an invitation from International Airport Review to submit an article on the new…


Main entrance gate to Chile

28 March 2008 | By General de Brigada Aérea (A), José Huepe Pérez, Director General of Civil Aviation

In the last few years, the Chilean aeronautical sector has experienced significant growth; in 2007 9,010,979 passengers were transported, of which nearly 8.5 million went through Santiago’s airport. In total, over 120,000 tons of freight and 95,000 operations make Arturo Merino Benítez Airport the main entrance gate to Chile.


T5: The Concept

28 March 2008 | By Mike Davies CBE, Project Director T5

An interview with Mike Davies CBE, Project Director T5.