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Issue 4 2009



The FBI launches a Biometric Center of Excellence to reach its “Desired Path”

16 July 2009 | By Jerome M. Pender, Deputy Assistant Director, Operations Branch for the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division

The aviation term “desired path” refers to setting a course and then following clear guidance to reach a specific objective. This simple term seemed fitting for an article about how the FBI’s work in biometrics could also bolster aviation security. Semantics aside, whether you carry a badge, pin a pair…


A global aviation hub in the making

16 July 2009 | By His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group

Dubai’s strategic plan for 2015 lays specific emphasis on travel and tourism, trade and transportation and logistics, among others, as highly conducive sectors for future economic growth. The value of investments in Dubai’s tourism, hospitality, leisure, entertainment and real estate projects over the next five to seven years is estimated…


A winter day at Zurich Airport

16 July 2009 | By Urs Haldimann, Deputy Head Airport Operations & Head De-icing Coordination, Unique (Flughafen Zurich AG)

During the mid-90's, the planning of the new Midfield Terminal started and during the planning process the idea was born to create two de-icing pads, allowing a remote treatment of the aircraft, replacing the difficult to handle and more time consuming on-stand process. As a requirement for this so-called "fifth…


BAA’s collaborative approach

16 July 2009 | By Colin Wood, Director of Airside and Baggage Operations (BAA Heathrow)

Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport, handling approximately 471,000 air traffic movements annually and employing over 72,000 people, of which a large number are airside workers. The scale and importance of ensuring efficiency among such a vast number of organisations is clear.


Landmark synthetic jet fuel specification action creates opportunities for airports

16 July 2009 | By Richard L. Altmanm, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

In the Nov 07’ issue, International Airport Review readers were introduced to the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). CAAFI’s genesis, its structure and its accomplishments were listed. Readers were left with the question “Will aviation be the last to wean itself from petroleum fuel or will it be a…


Airport security – CCTV takes off

16 July 2009 | By John Bates, Chief Executive, British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

Advances in technology and increasing risks are driving an unprecedented level of change in security and nowhere more so than in the application of closed-circuit television surveillance systems in the airport environment. John Bates, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), looks at the evolution of the security…


Expansion of airport takes off

16 July 2009 | By

Work on a second terminal at Bahrain International Airport is due to start early next year. It will almost double the current capacity of the airport - allowing it to handle 12 million passengers every year, up from seven million at present. Bahrain Airport Company Chief Executive Officer Dr Osama…


The Middle East’s industrial future is “up in the air!”

16 July 2009 | By Zeyad Al Majed, Senior Project Advisor for the Al Ain Cluster Development Programme, ADAC

A quick search on the internet will undoubtedly reveal that much of the business news emanating from the United Arab Emirates over the past few years has, unsurprisingly been attributed to either the federal or commercial capitals of the UAE's seven-emirate federation - Abu Dhabi and Dubai.


Dubai Airports looks to a bright future

16 July 2009 | By His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group

As we reflect on an amazing 2008, it is clear that the next few years will mark a historic and exciting period for Dubai, Dubai Airports and the aviation industry. The Emirate's economy remains on a fast track, despite the global economic turbulence that has battered advanced economies and emerging…


The birdstrike risk

16 July 2009 | By Ray Elgy, Head of Aerodrome Standards, UK CAA

From the beginning of aviation history, aircraft have faced the hazard posed by birdstrikes. The first known birdstrike occurred in 19051, from the Wright Brothers diaries, "Orville ... flew 4,751 metres in 4 minutes 45 seconds, four complete circles. Twice passed over fence into Beard's cornfield. Chased flock of birds…


Prevention of Runway Incursions at Joint Use Aerodromes

16 July 2009 | By Goran Redzepovic, Eurocontrol Military Expert

Runway Safety is a vital component of aviation safety as a whole. The predicted growth in air traffic implies that the actual numbers of incidents may rise, unless held in check by preventive actions such as those recommended in the European Action Plan for the Prevention of Runway Incursions (EAPPRI).…


ICAO – Regulators – Friction issues

16 July 2009 | By Armann Norheim, Advisor for Avinor & Leader, ICAO Friction Task Force

Reporting the conditions of the critical tyre/surface in a way relevant to aircraft performance has been a long sought goal. There have been a lot of challenges for the aviation industry since the first reporting systems emerged and the regulating bodies have their role to play in achieving the goal…