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Issue 2 2012



The pilots’ role in the safety chain

29 March 2012 | By Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA)

The safe operation of airports, of aviation generally, relies on many factors. As has been said before, you only need one link in the safety chain to fail to bring about potential disaster in this potentially dangerous business. Pilots play one of the most vital parts in that safety chain,…


Europe’s new gateway

29 March 2012 | By Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Berlin Brandenburg Airport starts operating on 3 June 2012. The new airport will be Berlin’s new gateway to the world. It is a next-generation hub airport with a strong focus on European traffic as a feeder for long-haul connections. Following the start of construction work in September 2006, we officially…


Australia’s busiest airport aims high

29 March 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

Located in the suburb of Mascot, Sydney, Australia’s busiest airport, served over 26 million passengers in 2010 and is a primary hub for the country’s major airline Qantas and a secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways...


Poland is ready

29 March 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

The Ukraine and Poland will be jointhosting the European Football Championships in June, creating a range of operational challenges on the countries’ airport infrastructures. Mark Glover, from International Airport Review spoke to Rafal Marczewski, the National Airport Controller of Poland and the Polish State Enterprise’s Representative for UEFA EURO 2012,…


An Olympic effort

29 March 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

London will be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games this summer, an event that will have the eyes of the world focused on England’s capital city. For many, Heathrow Airport will be the gate to the event with spectators and athletes passing through one of the world’s busiest airports. Mark Glover,…


Let the Games begin

29 March 2012 | By Michael Rumpf, Senior Project Consultant, Baggage Operations at Munich Airport Consulting

Handling the traffic of an Olympic Games is a challenge for airports. Not only the volume but also the nature and the special needs of Olympic passengers pose problems for airports and call for special operational procedures to be set up. Having had experience of overseeing the baggage of teams…


Ten years of RVSM

29 March 2012 | By Joe Sultana, Chief Operating Officer, Directorate Network Management, EUROCONTROL

On 24 January 2002 at 01.00 UTC, the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) programme went live. At one stroke past, 6,000 air traffic controllers in 41 European states allocated aircraft to six new flight levels. Capacity gains of 25 per cent were made between 2002 and 2007. It was the…


Economic decline but airport growth

29 March 2012 | By Vincent Harrison, Director of Strategy at the Dublin Airport Authority

Traffic at Dublin Airport Authority’s three Irish airports returned to overall growth last year, as a jump in inbound travellers more than offset continued weakness in outgoing trips. More than 22.7 million passengers used Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports during 2011, an increase of one per cent. Dublin Airport was…


Securing the States

29 March 2012 | By Chris McLaughlin, Assistant Administrator for Security Operations at the Transport Security Administration

Over the past year, the Transpor - tation Security Administration (TSA) has made great strides to implement smarter, intelligencedriven, and more efficient screening procedures at airport checkpoints around the country. The agency is moving away from a one-size-fits-all security model to an approach built on mitigating risk. These strategic enhancements…


Safety first at Schiphol

28 March 2012 | By Mark Glover, Commissioning Editor, International Airport Review

Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to René Verjans, Senior Advisor Crisis and Disaster Management at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport about the ARFF and recovery procedures in place at one of Europe’s busiest hubs.


Taking off with TETRA

28 March 2012 | By Phil Kidner, CEO, TETRA + Critical Communications Association

TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) is the global open standard for professional mobile radio communi - cations systems. TETRA is used through out the world to deliver secure, reliable and robust critical communications for professional users. It is the technology of choice for public safety agencies, and is deployed by governments…


Technology vs the elements

28 March 2012 | By Joshua Paurus, Duty Manager, Airside Operations at Minneapolis–St Paul International Airport

People, process and technology are all part of an effective winter opera - tions strategy. The extent that each component is successfully integrated with the others plays a large role in influencing the outcome of a winter operations event. At Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) we have a history of…