OBERPFAFFENHOFEN, Germany - For eight decades, analog communication between aircraft and air traffic control has been the standard. This month, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will test a prototype of the new digital aeronautical radio standard LDACS (L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications System).
WASHINGTON - In the not too distant future, you could walk into the international terminal of almost any US airport and board a plane without showing anyone your passport. At the check-in counter, you'd pose in front of a camera that scans your face and sends your image to a remote system that matches it to a stored copy of your passport photo. You'd have your photo taken again at the security line, and again at the gate. If everything still matched up, you'd be on board, quietly warring with your
LONDON, United Kingdom – At the 11th Annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition in London, Airports Council International (ACI) World has published its annual Airport Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which reflect developments in air transport demand. Based on comprehensive data from the 2017 financial year, analyses of the KPIs reveal global airport revenues grew 6.2%, lagging the 7.5% growth in passenger traffic, to reach $172.2 billion.
TOKUSHIMA, Japan - Considering the fact that Japan has set a goal of '40,000,000 tourists' in 2020, approximately 1.25 times the present number of tourists will be coming to Japan by the next two years. The Japanese spirit of 'hospitality' has already become known overseas, and the country prides itself on having one of the world's most punctual flight rates. However, at the airports that serve as the gateways to Japan, there is considerable concern about how they will cope with the sudden increase
SAVANNAH, Ga. – U.S. Army aviation officials are building a new airport control tower at Fort Benning, Ga., to support a wide variety of military air operations, ranging from large transport aircraft to parachute drops. Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, Ga., announced a $10.7 million contract on Friday to ACC Construction Co. Inc. in Augusta, Ga., to build a 12-story flight control tower to replace the existing eight-story tower on the site.
DUBLIN, Ireland - Gatwick, Heathrow, Newark, Dubai and today, Dublin: Each of these airports has been in the news recently when flights were halted or delayed by sightings of what were believed to be drones in the area. So how big a threat is this? Are drones a danger to manned aircraft?, asks Kristy Kiernan in an article she wrote for Forbes.
MONTREAL, Quebec - Overall global passenger satisfaction with airport service quality increased during 2018, according to the latest findings of the Airports Council International (ACI) World Airport Service Quality (ASQ) barometer.
JAMAICA, NY — Last month, a 26-year-old woman traveling from Mexico City, Mexico presented herself for inspection, with a United States passport, to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at JFK International Airport. The CBP officer suspected the subject may be an imposter to the travel document, so he escorted the passenger to another area for further inspection. The CBP officer utilized a new technology which uses facial recognition to determine if the passenger was, in fact, the true bearer
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration, which screens passengers in American airports, says that 813.8 million people passed through its checkpoints in 2018 - a rise of 5.5 percent compared to the previous year.
MCLEAN, Va., - A newly completed constellation of satellites is poised to provide unprecedented tracking of the hundreds of thousands of aircraft that soar over the Earth every day. It’s a type of global coverage that’s never been fully realized before, but it has the potential to influence how air traffic is managed throughout the world, reports Loren Grush for The Verge.
MIAMI, Fla., – On Friday, Lufthansa Flight 461 to Munich, Germany out of Miami International Airport became the first flight where passengers could use biometric technology to board the plane. “For tonight’s flight, we are launching an exciting boarding process that eliminates the need for your boarding card or passport,” said a boarding agent at Gate 17. This biometric technology, designed by State Information Technology Agency, or SITA, is a facial recognition service. The photo you take is matched
WASHINGTON - The 35-day partial government shutdown could spur early retirements among the already thin ranks of air-traffic controllers and may postpone adoption of critical satellite-based aircraft navigation, a union official warned. It will take years to recover from the disruptions that resulted from people being kept off the job while safety-critical employees like controllers had to work without pay, Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said in a speech
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Unions representing air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants offered an urgent warning on Wednesday that the lengthy government shutdown had created serious safety concerns for the nation’s air travel system. “In our risk averse industry,” their presidents said in a joint statement, “we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break,' reports Patrick McGeehan and Thomas Kaplan for the New York Times.