March's top stories: Deal signed to merge SAXFRA, SEAFRA airspaces, Approval for $5.5bn LAMP at LAX

Five ANSPs sign agreement to merge SAXFRA and SEAFRA airspaces, and Los Angeles CPC recommends approval for $5.5bn LAMP project at LAX. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from March, 2017.


Five ANSPs sign agreement to merge SAXFRA and SEAFRA airspaces

A memorandum of cooperation was signed by representatives from five air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to merge two free route airspaces, namely the Slovenian-Austrian Cross-Border Free Route Airspace (SAXFRA) and the South-East Axis Free Route Airspace (SEAFRA).

ANSPs Austro Control and Slovenia Control implemented SAXFRA, while SEAFRA was launched by ANSPs BHANSA, Croatia Control, and Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA).

SAXFRA and SEAFRA are two major cross-border initiatives that largely contribute to the efficient flow of air traffic along the main South-East axis.

Los Angeles CPC recommends approval for $5.5bn LAMP project at LAX, US

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission (CPC) recommended approval for the $5.5bn landside access modernisation programme (LAMP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California, US.

The recommendations included approval for zone change requests and amendments to a wide range of municipal planning documents, along with the use and development of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) proposed LAMP project.

Approval for LAMP was recommended during a special joint meeting of the CPC with the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC).

NATS implements new system at Glasgow to meet environmental protection standards

UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS successfully implemented an environmental management system at Scotland’s Glasgow Airport to demonstrate that the airport meets the highest international standards for environmental protection.

The Environmental Management System was designed by NATS to improve environmental performance in both the airspace and within airport operations.

The new system will also help Glasgow Airport to attain environmental objectives, manage risk and opportunities, and fulfil compliance obligations.

Dubai Airports reports energy savings in 2016 amounted to 5.17 million kilowatt-hours

Dubai Airports successfully reduced its carbon emissions with total energy savings of 5.17 million kilowatt-hours last year across Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.

In a statement, Dubai Airports revealed that the energy saved is equivalent to the amount of electricity supplied to 235 households for a year.

In order to attain the energy savings, DXB and DWC adopted a wide range of initiatives that included installation of systems and active participation in events, such as Earth Hour and World Clean Up Day.

Sochi International Airport wins best airport title for high-quality passenger services

Russia's Sochi International Airport was named the best airport for its passenger services across three categories in an international study conducted by Airport Service Quality (ASQ) and Airports Council International (ACI).

Sochi was recognised as the best airport with passenger flow of two to five million, the best regional airport with passenger flow of two to five million, and the best regional airport with a passenger flow of more than two million.

As part of the study in 2016, a survey of departing passengers was also initiated on the quality of service at Sochi International Airport.

New study shows using Satcom in cockpit saves more than $3bn for airlines

A new study released by Helios and Inmarsat revealed that the use of satellite communication (Satcom) in aircraft cockpits has saved airlines more than $3bn.

Conducted by Helios, the study evaluated the benefit of Satcom to airlines between 2001 and 2016.

Satcom uses satellites to provide voice and data services, which enable communication with aircraft outside the range of conventional ground radar and very high frequency (VHF) stations, such as over oceanic regions.

NATS and JANS sign agreement to improve Japan’s air navigation

UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the Japan Air Navigation Service (JANS) to enhance the efficiency and safety of Japan’s air navigation.

Under the terms of the current agreement, NATS will offer services in areas that are identified and prioritised by JANS.

The new agreement follows on from a previous memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2014 and a LoI signed last year, both of which aimed to develop mutual areas of interest for the two parties, especially in the field of air traffic control (ATC).

Leonardo to introduce new technology for unmanned aircraft ATM

Italy’s Leonardo introduced its new automated system that provides secure air traffic management (ATM) for remotely piloted aircraft in ‘U-Space’, which is located up to 150m above ground.

Effective even beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), the new Leonardo technology will facilitate safe and efficient management of unmanned civil airborne traffic in the low-level urban airspace.

The new automated system was expected to help ensure operational safety and security of remotely-piloted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Miami International Airport installs Data Comm technology to reduce delays

Miami International Airport in Florida, US, incorporated the latest NextGen technology, Data Comm, to enhance safety and reduce departure delays.

The Data Comm technology is designed to help strengthen voice communications between air traffic controllers and aircraft pilots.

It will allow controllers and pilots to easily transmit important data, including revised flight plans, clearances and advisories.

New York Governor confirms $20m funding for airport infrastructure enhancements

The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo confirmed the availability of $20m in new state funding to enhance airport infrastructure across the US state.

Offered under the Governor’s airport capital grant programme, the new funding will help support safety enhancements, upgrade operations and increase the economic competitiveness of all airports in New York.

Cuomo said: “With this funding, New York will continue to revitalise and modernise our airports, which are both gateways into our communities and vital parts of our transportation infrastructure.

“Investments in our transportation infrastructure are investments in our future growth and prosperity, and are one more reason why New York is going ever upward.”