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Issue 3 2010



As Western Australia grows so does Perth Airport

9 June 2010 | By Mr Brad Geatches, CEO, Perth Airport

Perth Airport is currently Australia’s fastest growing capital city airport and the country’s fourth largest in terms of passenger movements. This year over 10 million passengers are expected to travel through the airport with a 10.9 per cent growth rate recorded during quarter one of FY10 within inter - national…


A survey of airline pilots regarding fuel conservation procedures for taxi operations

9 June 2010 | By Regina Clewlow, Hamsa Balakrishnan and Tom Reynolds, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aircraft taxi operations are a significant source of energy consumption and emissions at airports. In 2007, an estimated 4,000 tons of hydrocarbons, 8,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 45,000 tons of carbon monoxide were emitted through taxi-out operations at U.S. airports1. These pollutants contribute to low-altitude emissions, directly impact local…


Aalborg Airport implements RFID for baggage sortation

9 June 2010 | By Søren Svendsen, CEO, Aalborg Airport

An overwhelming increase in travellers has made it necessary for Aalborg Airport to grow its baggage handling capacity. Today the baggage sortation is handled manually, but in order to accommodate the increase in routes, it became clear that it needs to be automated. Aalborg Airport had two choices, either barcode…


Is LED airfield lighting right for your airport?

9 June 2010 | By Steve Pittman, Deputy Airport Director, Facilities Engineering & Maintenance, Raleigh Durham International Airport

Is LED airfield lighting right for your airport? It’s a question you may need to ask yourself if you intend to install or replace your airport’s lighting system, and the answer may be easier than you think. For Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), located in central North Carolina, it was a…


New decade, new safety challenges for ANSPs

9 June 2010 | By Brendan Booth, CANSO Safety Manager

Safety is always the first priority of an ANSP, but increasingly there has been a shift in recent years away from safety as the sole concern of an ANSP. Airlines are focusing more on efficiency – both on the ground and in the air – and even safety itself is…


A layered approach to security

9 June 2010 | By Lee Kair, Assistant Administrator for Security Operations, TSA

On December 25, 2009, Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian citizen, allegedly attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device he smuggled on board Northwest Flight 253. The events of Christmas Day serve as a powerful reminder of the extremes to which terrorists will go to circumvent the enhanced security measures put…


Paving the way for alternative fuels

9 June 2010 | By Heather Haskin, Programme Manager, United States Air Force Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO) & Mark Rumizen, Aviation Fuels Specialist, Aircraft Certification Division, FAA.

An aviation first: As part of the United States Air Force (USAF) long-term energy vision, the Alternative Fuels Certification Office (AFCO), consisting of a small cadre of systems engineers and managers, was formed to develop and execute repeatable processes to identify viable fuel candidates and certify them for fleet-wide operations.…


Developments in jet fuel handling

9 June 2010 | By Martin Hunnybun, Technical Team Manager – Fuels & Fuel Handling, Energy Institute

National governments worldwide have mandated the use of renewable components in road transport fuels. One of the most common options is to blend Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) (derived from rape seed, palm, soy, tallow etc) into automotive diesel to produce a ‘biodiesel blend’. The European standard for automotive diesel…


A Focus on Singapore Changi Airport

9 June 2010 | By Mr Foo Sek Min, Executive Vice President (Airport Management), CAG

It has been an eventful 18 months for Singapore Changi Airport. A key development – the corporatisation of the airport – took place on 1 July 2009, with the formation of Changi Airport Group (CAG) and the restructuring of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Moving forward, CAG and…