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November 8, 2012

Airport Industry Review: Issue 4

How mathematical modelling and game theory could be used to make airport security less predictable to aggressors. We also look at how airports are getting ready for winter operations, Sweden’s green flights, solar powered airfield lighting, plus more.

By Laura Husband

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In this issue we take a look at winter operations. We explore the latest measures and technologies being used by airports and airlines to keep flights moving smoothly during a season of adverse and often unpredictable weather conditions.

With European air traffic levels set to double by 2020, never has the Single European Sky concept been more relevant. A leading expert explains how the proposed overhaul of the continent’s air traffic management system will shorten routes and increase capacity. We also profile a landmark trial in Sweden, which proved that performance-based flight path technology can shorten paths and reduce emissions and find out how advances in solar power could offer broader choices for airfield lighting. Moreover, we explore a pioneering artificial intelligence system that could lead the way to the semi-sentient airport of the future.

Finally, we investigate whether mathematical modelling and game theory could be used to make airport security less predictable to aggressors and speak to US research team Teamcore about how they are working to prove that it can.

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In this issue

Ready for the Big ChillWinter conditions on a runway can dramatically affect the wheel braking capability of an aircraft, so measurement and assessment of these factors is crucial. Leading pavement management specialist Professor Susan Tighe outlines technologies that are making winter operations safer. Read the full article.

One for AllWith European air traffic levels set to double by 2020, never has the Single European Sky concept been more relevant. EUROCONTROL’s Jacques Dopagne explains how the proposed overhaul of the continent’s air traffic management system will shorten routes and increase capacity. Read the full article.

Green ConnectionFrom December 2011 to May 2012, Sweden’s Green Connection partnership tested approximately one hundred Scandinavian Airlines flights as part of a "green flight" demonstration to make aviation more resource efficient. How can the green flights concept be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short and medium-term future? Read the full article.

Game ChangerSecuring airports is a mighty challenge for any security agency. Complex security layers have to be stacked like a Russian doll, from an airport’s outermost perimeter to the boarding gates. Can mathematical modelling and game theory be used to make airport security less predictable to aggressors?Read the full article.

Intelligent Airports Massive advances in artificial intelligence (AI) in recent years have opened the door to a new kind of airport; one which can think for itself. The predictive AI system could point the way to the semi-sentient airport of the future. Read the full article.

Bright Light Advances in lighting technology and solar power have led to broader choices for airfield lighting. Jim Patterson of the FAA’s William J Hughes Technical Center explains why there has been such a big rise in airport LEDs and solar panels. Read the full article.

Next issue preview

In the next issue we take a look at ATC operations. Next-generation ADS-B aircraft tracking systems are set to revolutionise ATC operations, but are the signals adequately protected from hacking? We investigate the system’s vulnerability to mid-air cyber attacks.

Further topics featured in the next issue include:

Routes and Destinations As passenger traffic to, from and within China grows we find out how the country’s many emerging airports are competing for business.

ConstructionWith Qatar’s massive New Doha International Airport now set to open to the public in 2013, we track the troubled project’s progress.

Passenger HandlingWe ask if life-sized 3D holograms, which are used increasingly to provide information services to passengers, are set to replace real airport staff.

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