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Issue 5 2008



The ACCA Fire/Rescue Department

30 September 2008 | By Timothy P. Holmes, Deputy Fire Chief, Allegheny County Airport Authority Fire / Rescue

Pittsburgh International Airport’s 10,000 acre facility is protected by the Allegheny County Airport Authority Fire / Rescue Department, which currently operates with 50 personnel, one administrative assistant and 19 pieces of apparatus. The airport facility includes approximately 200 structures, two military installations and approximately 10 miles of a four lane…


Berlin Airports – The best connections

30 September 2008 | By Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO, Berlin Airports

Berlin Airports, the operator of the airports Schoenefeld, Tempelhof and Tegel, provides essential aviation infrastructure for the entire Berlin-Brandenburg region around Germany’s capital city. From 2011, all air traffic over the region will be focused on the new capital city airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI). The first step towards this…


Airport pavement rehabilitation by rubblisation

30 September 2008 | By Dr. Navneet Garg, Project Manager, Airport Technology R&D Branch, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration

Concrete pavements exhibiting distresses such as cracking, joint deterioration, spalling, and joint faulting can be rehabilitated by constructing a concrete or asphalt overlay. The ‘crack and seat’ technique is the most prevalent method for deteriorated concrete pavement rehabilitation. However, ‘rubblisation’ is fast becoming a popular method of concrete pavement rehabilitation.


At the forefront with new wireless technology

30 September 2008 | By Henrik Bjørner Søe, Director, Marketing and Operations, Copenhagen Airport

Passengers are ready to use a new wireless technology that will make their travels easier and more fun. Copenhagen Airport is leading the way by being the first airport in Europe to be currently testing this technology, which is developed in collaboration with the IT University of Copenhagen, the Technical…


Light emitting diodes for airport applications – not just ‘plug and play’

30 September 2008 | By Donald W. Gallagher, Visual Guidance Program Manager, Airport Safety Technology R&D Section, FAA

When people think of a new technology to produce light, it is widely thought of as ‘just another light bulb’. This has been true, in a general sense, since the invention of the incandescent light over 100 years ago. This incandescent technology, while improved over the years, has not changed…


Spearheading the country’s aviation growth

30 September 2008 | By Mr. B.S. Shantharaju, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi International Airport (P) Limited

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is undergoing a major transformation, under the stewardship of Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL). The airport is being modernised with the addition of new terminals, runways and other passenger convenience infrastructure.


Poised to make Hyderabad a regional air hub

30 September 2008 | By Mr. P.S. Nair, CEO of GHIAL, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) is poised to make Hyderabad a truly global air travel hub in India. The new airport which commenced operations on 23 March 2008 has stabilised its operations and passengers are enjoying the new experience.


A proud moment in history

30 September 2008 | By Mr. Albert Brunner, CEO, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL)

The North of Bangalore witnessed an avalanche of activities during the second half of 2007. By then, Bangalore’s Greenfield International Airport was in its last stage of completion, in preparation for its launch in March 2008. An enthusiastic team of BIAL employees and staff from the service provider such as…


IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO)

30 September 2008 | By Mike O'Brien, Director Programme Implementation/Auditing, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) is now operational. The first 10 audits are now completed and 50 plus more are in the pipeline to end 2008. It is clear that IATA have created something that the industry needs and values.


Beyond the piano keys…

30 September 2008 | By Malcolm Brown, Chairman, IATA Aircraft Recovery Task Force and Manager, Base Operational Maintenance and Aircraft Recovery Emirates Airlines

Airports and airlines alike devote considerable resources into developing contingency plans that enable an effective response to an aircraft accident or incident. These plans differ considerably and vary to cope with the degree of seriousness of the event. However, both are designed to focus on the human welfare aspects of…


ASTM International and friction

30 September 2008 | By Mr. Frank B. Holt, Chairman of ASTM Committee E17 Vehicle Pavement Systems

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organisations in the world, a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing…


Working with partners and customers to achieve environmental targets

30 September 2008 | By Carrie Harris, Head of Air Traffic Management Environment, NATS

Carrie Harris is the Head of Air Traffic Management Environment at NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation services provider. NATS provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic...