Controlling the future: AIR Issue 63 is out now

Joe Baker 7 January 2021 (Last Updated January 7th, 2021 10:25)

In this issue: the future of remote air traffic control, monitoring in-flight Covid-19 transmission, the UK's sustainable aviation fuel market and more.

Controlling the future: AIR Issue 63 is out now

The first Airport Industry Review of the year is out now! In this issue, we analyse the remote air traffic control concept, assess the risk of Covid-19 transmission on flights, explore whether the UK could become a leader in sustainable aviation fuel and much more.

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In this issue

Optimising the air freight industry with CargoAi

Air cargo has been hard hit by Covid-19, but industry stakeholders are relying on technologies such as CargoAi to bounce back. Ilaria Grasso Macola spoke to CargoAi to find out how the platform works and why it will help air freight get back on its feet.

Regulating the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines with IATA

With more vaccine trials showing positive results, the supply chain – including the air cargo industry – is getting ready to deliver vaccinations on a large scale. Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out more.

Tech tracking in aviation: building the bases of the future

Smarter Technologies director of sales and marketing Matthew Margetts discusses how technology is improving tracking, asset management and decision-making at airports and airbases.

What will a new US administration mean for the aviation industry?

As Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th US president approaches, many in aviation wonder what the new administration has in store for the sector. Ilaria Grasso Macola looks at how Biden might shape US aviation policy around matters such as Covid-19 relief, security and the environment.

In-flight Covid-19 transmission: how risky is it to fly in the pandemic?

Recent figures from IATA suggested that only around 50 cases of Covid-19 were associated with a flight in 2020. Although IATA is clear this may be an underestimate, these numbers suggest an almost negligible chance of infection. But how risky is flying in the time of Covid-19 really? Allie Nawrat reports.

How has Covid-19 affected islands that depend on aviation?

While the pandemic’s impact on the global aviation sector has been thoroughly discussed, little is known about the economic impact on economies that deeply rely on aviation as a means of connecting with the rest of the world. Ilaria Grasso Macola profiles how the pandemic unfolded on five islands and how their aviation sectors dealt with the pandemic.

Remote ATC towers: why not everyone is on board

While some industry stakeholders support moving air traffic control to a remote location, others are more sceptical of the idea. Andrew Tunnicliffe looks at the potential of remote air traffic control towers and the thorny issues that come with them.

Getting the UK’s sustainable aviation fuel industry off the ground

The need to comply with emission reduction targets is lighting a flame under developers of sustainable aviation fuel in the UK – but what does this fledgeling industry need to do to succeed? Luke Christou finds out.

Climate change: airport expansion projects create bitter divides in architecture

A stark division has emerged among architects over whether to continue working on airport design projects, given the aviation sector’s emissions. What role does aviation play in the global clean energy transition, and are studios wrong to work on schemes that will expand airports’ global carbon footprint? Chris Lo reports.

No Covid in the soup please: the meal trends passengers want to see in 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic is encouraging airlines to boost their appeal to passengers in the new year– and improving their menu options might just be the way to do so. From veganism to health and safety, what trends should companies focus on? Adele Berti finds out.

Next issue

How can airports give passengers peace of mind when they return to travel? In the next issue of AIR, we speak to renowned airport ranker Skytrax about the criteria behind its Covid-19 Safety Ratings for Airlines and Airports.

We also dissect what happened on the hapless journey to construct Germany’s long-awaited Berlin Brandenburg Airport, while saying a fond farewell to Tegel Airport after its years of service. Continuing the theme of this edition, we examine an Austrian project to create a 3D visualisation system that could make life easier for ATC staff, and ask how (and why) California-based tech firm Koniku is aiming to capture the skills of sniffer dogs in a security robot.

Finally we profile the winners of the esteemed 2020 Fentress Global Challenge, which attracted thousands of entries depicting airports of the future.

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