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The US Government recently proposed spinning off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Is this a good idea, and would offloading ATC responsibilities make the FAA’s core mission of aviation safety easier?

We also consider whether the days of the airport announcer are over after several airports have opted to do away with PA announcements, speak to the developers behind a new video game set to simulate the experience of managing an airport, and profile Istanbul New Airport ahead of its unveiling later this year.

Finally, we look at the inventive ways in which airports are welcoming passengers with special needs, and take a guided tour of Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4, inspired by nature and complete with advanced technologies and green walls.

In this issue

The future of US air traffic control: the third option?
The US Government has proposed spinning off air traffic control (ATC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Is this a good idea, and would offloading ATC responsibilities make the FAA’s core mission of aviation safety easier? Jerome Greer Chandler reports.
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How closely do airport simulation games reflect the industry?
Two recently released video games are giving players the experience of managing an airport. Joe Baker learns more about the challenges involved with accurately reflecting the aviation industry in an interactive simulation, while making it an enjoyable gaming experience, from the creators of Airport CEO and SimAirport.
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Shhhh: is the day of the airport announcer over?
In recent years many airports have opted to become “silent airports”, where public address announcements are replaced by alternative communication methods. Are quiet airports the way forward and how have passengers reacted? Frances Marcellin finds out.
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Istanbul New Airport: building one of Turkey’s crown jewels
In autumn 2018, Turkey will unveil Istanbul New Airport, the city’s new destination for commercial flights and ultimately, the world’s biggest airport. Eva Grey takes a closer look at the airport, which is counted among one of President Erdoğan’s most prized legacy projects.
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Smart environments: how airports use tech to welcome special needs passengers
Worldwide, airports are constantly adapting to accommodate passengers with a range of hidden disabilities. From smart glasses for blind travellers to sensory rooms for passengers with autism, Eva Grey explores the resourceful initiatives helping make air travel a more manageable experience.
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In pictures: Changi Airport’s Terminal 4
Changi Airport’s Terminal 4 started operations on 31 October 2017. The airport’s new nature-inspired terminal features advanced technologies, environmentally friendly features and dazzling artworks. Joe Baker takes a closer look.
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The UK Government is proposing to impose civil penalties of up to £50,000 on airports and airlines that misdirect passengers, helping to strengthen border control. However, the Airport Operators Association argues the number of misdirected passengers is low and the penalties would be disproportionate. We check in on this border security debate.

We also take a closer look at Heathrow Airport’s new environmental tax, find out more about a project using blockchain to store flight information and use smart contracts to judge conflicting data in the aviation industry, and tour the cream of the crop in airport lounge facilities.

Finally, we consider the impact of a new regulation to end 24-hour alcohol consumption in the UK’s airports, and find out more about the role of airports in humanitarian logistics.