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Issue 3 2015



Ground Handling supplement 2015

2 June 2015 | By Jon Conway, Tim Meagher

In this Ground Handling supplement, Jon Conway from UAE Airport Operations shares the challenges of managing the world’s largest A380 operation, plus Tim Meagher from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) examines how training can be optimised to ensure safety and make the most of changing skills demands...


Airfield Lighting supplement 2015

2 June 2015 | By

In this Airfield Lighting supplement, Dzintra Jātniece from Riga International Airport describes their successful upgrade to CAT II standard, and Khrishan Tangri from Brisbane Airport Corporation explains how they have developed an award winning maintenance cycle...


Patrick Ky shares EASA’s vision for the future of aviation safety

2 June 2015 | By

In March, the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) published its proposals for the future of aviation safety, including recommended revisions to the European Commission’s (EC) current 216/2008 regulations. EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky explains how the proposals will provide innovation, rationalisation and above all, improved safety across the aviation industry...


Airport Profile: Vancouver International Airport set to become a world class hub

2 June 2015 | By Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority

Canada’s second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is working to become a world class, sustainable connecting hub. Craig Richmond, President & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, explains how YVR plans to accomplish this by creating a gateway between Asia and the Americas, advancing air policies and delivering remarkable customer…


Foreign Object Detection: Smart airport pavement health monitoring

2 June 2015 | By Halil Ceylan, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan and Sunghwan Kim of Iowa State University

In light of several incidents of runway cracking and blowup in the last few years, Halil Ceylan, Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan and Sunghwan Kim of Iowa State University’s Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER) review ‘smart’ technologies that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of surface monitoring...


Enhancing air traffic control in Spain

2 June 2015 | By Gonzalo Cañete, Managing Director, FerroNATS

In 2010 the Spanish government decided that the time had come to open the national air traffic control sector up to competition in search of efficiency gains. Having won responsibility for nine control towers throughout the country, FerroNATS has seen 35 million passengers and over 500,000 flights pass through its…


New pavement technology for Seattle-Tacoma’s runway reconstruction

2 June 2015 | By Michael Ehl, Director of Aviation Operations, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Having been in service since the 1960s, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s centre runway is undergoing a major reconstruction to bring it up to modern standards. As Director of Aviation Operations Michael Ehl describes, the development is also an opportunity to introduce new lighting and safety systems...


Managing the world’s largest A380 operation in Dubai

28 May 2015 | By

Imagine offloading over 500 passengers, their luggage, and up to 38 unit load devices (ULDs) from an Airbus A380 aircraft so it’s ready to welcome 500 more passengers, their luggage and another 38 ULDs. Now imagine doing that more than 50 times a day. In Dubai, that’s the reality for…