Airport Industry Review: Issue 21

In this issue: A new system to track drone movements, updating airport security, transporting pharma products by air, Incheon Airport’s expansion, the challenge of recycling commercial aircraft, and more.


AIR February 2017

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The issues that rogue drones cause for air traffic control are well documented. But can current systems be rewired to track drone movements and prevent disaster? Airborne Concept and Egis believe they have the answer, and have demonstrated the visualisation of a mini-drone on the screens of the ATC system of the French Civil Aviation Authority. We speak to the companies to find out more about their approach.

We also take a look at a new form of airport security from Digital Barriers, find out whether standardisation across the aviation industry could help the sector gain a better foothold in the transport of pharmaceutical products, and explore South Korea’s Incheon Airport’s brand new Terminal 2, which will effectively double the size of the facility.

Plus we find out more about Gatwick Airport’s game-changing waste processing and biomass generation facility and learn about plans for a 100% recyclable commercial aircraft.

In this issue

Drone Watch
The issues that rogue drones cause for air traffic control are well documented. But, can current systems be rewired to track drone movements? Chris Lo finds out more about a new system that may be the answer.
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Digital Barriers
Airport security has grown to encompass more than metal detectors and pat downs. Digital Barriers is working with airports worldwide on a new form of safety. Gary Peters finds out more.
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Flying Pharma
The transportation of pharmaceutical products is an incredibly lucrative business, but a lack of standardisation across the aviation industry has seen the sector losing out to other modes. Eva Grey investigates.
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Incheon Airport’s New Terminal
Incheon Airport broke ground in 2013 on a $2.5bn expansion project, creating a new terminal that will effectively double its size. Gary Peters takes a closer look at the South Korean airport.
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From Waste to Energy
In November, operations began on Gatwick Airport’s waste processing and biomass generation facility, making it the only airport in the world that can dispose of Category 1 waste on site. Rod James takes a closer look.
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The Recycling Challenge
The recycling of commercial aircraft is one of the main challenges facing the global aviation industry. With 12,000 commercial aircraft to be decommissioned over the next 20 years, Eva Grey learns more about plans for a 100% renewable airplane.
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Next issue preview

The first operational version of 4-FLIGHT, an EU initiative designed in response to the increase in air traffic in Europe, is under preparation in Marseilles. We catch up with the programme to learn more about the technology and its implementation.

In security developments, we find out more about a new robotic kiosk that could help detect travellers with hostile intentions and, following the mass shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, ask whether a bill to allow concealed weapons for citizens in unsecured parts of Florida’s airports could make facilities safer.

We also take a closer look at JFK Airport’s $10bn upgrade, explore London Southend Airport’s new routes, and find out why mental health issues seem to be prevalent in the industry.

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