Airport Industry Review: Issue 5

In this 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. We also catch up with Aveillant’s innovative 3D radar technology that is set to hit the UK market this year.

As passenger traffic to, from and within China grows we find out how the country’s many emerging airports are competing for business. We also take a look at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which boasts the highest passenger traffic and the largest cargo terminal in central and western China.

With Qatar’s massive New Doha International Airport now set to open to the public in 2013, we track the troubled project’s progress. Finally, we 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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An Easy Target?
Next-generation ADS-B aircraft tracking systems are set to revolutionise future ATC operations, but are the signals adequately protected from hacking? Eurecom researcher Andrei Costin is working to warn the industry and aviation bodies about the feasibility of disrupting the new system.
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On Radar
Aveillant’s holographic radar system is set to hit the UK market this year, offering a potential solution to radar interference by wind farms. The system provides constant three-dimensional coverage of wind farm sites, allowing air traffic controllers to distinguish between turbines and the aircraft flying above them.
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Powerhouse of Growth
With so many airports in China competing for business, it takes shrewd investment infrastructure to stand out from the crowd. CDIA aviation marketing department manager Yan Yuhua explains how the airport is keeping pace with increasing passenger numbers and dizzying rates of expansion.
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Case Study: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, China
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) is located 16km southwest of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China. With the highest passenger traffic and the largest cargo terminal in central and western China, it is the biggest aviation hub in the region and is aiming to become the largest aviation hub in the country.

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Another day, Another Delay
Quatar’s massive new airport is now set to open to the public this year, but it’s been a rocky road. Airport Industry Review casts an eye over the Hamad International Airport’s long development.
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Rise of the Holograms
It sounds like science fiction, but avatars really are being employed as airport staff. Airport Industry Review investigates whether these 3D, life-size holograms could replace real workers in future.
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Next issue preview

Naviair and Saab Sensis have teamed up to provide ADS-B coverage across Greenland and the Faroe Islands. We find out how this surveillance technology can help to improve efficiency and situational awareness while reducing emissions in even the most challenging conditions. We also ask how the implementation of SESAR could make airspace ten times safer, and what other fundamental changes are under way.

Moreover, we explore the challenges faced by the UK Department for International Development’s project to build an airport on the remote island of Saint Helena, take a look at Dubai International Airport’s world-first A380 facility and see what else the airport has in store this year. We also find out how top airports are rising above the crowd by offering state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure attractions, from in-house casinos and breweries to golf courses and museums.

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