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Issue 6 2007



The airport/airline relationship

30 November 2007 | By Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Airlines and airports, through their respective international organisations, play a crucial role in the activities of ICAO, whose chief aims, as contained in Article 44 of the Chicago Convention, are to develop the principles and techniques of international air navigation and to foster the planning and development of international air…


Regulations surrounding Ground Handling & Ramp Safety

30 November 2007 | By Giovanni David, Aerospace Industrial Sector Manager and Lead Auditor, DNV (Det Norske Veritas)

Ground handling and Ramp operations represent two of the most important aspects of an international airline’s operations. They affect the exercise of its basic market access rights. It is also an important factor for air carriers in terms of operating costs, service levels and the image portrayed to users. Ground…


Gatwick lines up for the future

30 November 2007 | By Andy Flower, Managing Director, BAA Gatwick

BAA Gatwick Airport is the second largest UK airport and the world’s busiest international single runway operation airport. With two terminals linked by a rapid transit system, BAA Gatwick currently welcomes almost 35 million passengers a year, serving a growing route network of over 200 destinations worldwide with around 90…


Paris-Charles de Gaulle: ready to handle the A380

30 November 2007 | By Jean-Marie Chevallier, Director of Planning, Aéroports de Paris

In a few months' time, Paris-Charles de Gaulle will be one of the first airports in the world to accommodate the new jumbo Airbus A380 on a daily basis. Aéroports de Paris has been gearing up for years to accommodate this type of aircraft and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is…


Riga International Airport: becoming a lead player

30 November 2007 | By Krišjanis Peters, Chairman of the Board

From the capital of Latvia, Riga, you can reach “Riga International Airport” in 7 minutes. Latvia is located between the Baltic States (Lithuania and Estonia) and therefore it can cover larger territories. Approximately 2.5 million people in the Baltic States live within a two-hour drive and 3.6 million people live…


Alternative fuels for aviation: the CAAFI process

30 November 2007 | By Richard L. Altman, Executive Director, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI)

Until the last few years, alternatives to jet petroleum based aviation fuel for commercial aircraft were, at best, an afterthought to energy suppliers and the aviation industry. The collective wisdom of airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and government organisations such as the FAA in the US, had been that aviation would…


Avian radar systems

30 November 2007 | By Edwin E. Herricks, Center of Excellence in Airport Technology and Gerry Key, Computer Sciences Corporation

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Thompson 253! – Thus begins the audio following a slow motion video of a bird/aircraft collision. The mayday is called as flames shoot from the left engine of a Thompson Boeing 757. This bird strike on takeoff rivets our attention for over 6 minutes as the professionalism…


Multi-biometrics for enhanced airport access control

30 November 2007 | By The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD 20723-6099

Biometrics is used to verify identity in various activities from crime solving, recidivist detection, employee and clearance screening, remains identification and border and airport security. Biometric systems are being deployed in airports in increasing numbers.


When wings won’t fly

30 November 2007 | By Marcia K. Politovich, National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

The wings of an aircraft are carefully designed to provide the lift needed to fly. The shape of the wing must be aerodynamically efficient and the surface should be smooth to allow air to flow effortlessly around it. However, prior to and during flight, atmospheric phenomena work to reshape and…


Friction testing in Sweden

30 November 2007 | By Fredrik Nilsson, Project Manager, Civil Engineering Department, Swedish CAA at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Pär Blom, Training officer, Field Department, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport

In the beginning of air traffic history only propeller aeroplanes were used. They had a landing speed of 60-100 km/h, compared to today’s jet aeroplanes which have a landing speed of 250-360 km/h. Therefore, in the past when friction did not seem as important, the airport personnel used their feet…