January’s top news stories

5 February 2018 (Last Updated February 6th, 2018 15:10)

Cambodia approved a plan to build an airport in Kandal province with $1.5bn investment. Canada is set to trial the Known Traveller Digital Identity concept, a system which aims to use Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology. Airport-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2018.

Cambodia approves $1.5bn airport in Phnom Penh

The Cambodian Government approved a plan to build an airport in Kandal province with an investment of around $1.5bn.

Cambodia Airport Investment will be responsible for building the 4F class airport which will spread over an area of more than 2,600ha. It will be located in the south of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

The existing Phnom Penh International Airport covers an area of about 400ha of land.


Canada to trial blockchain security concept to make travel safer

The Canadian government is set to trial the Known Traveller Digital Identity concept, a system which aims to use Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology, including blockchain, cryptography and mobile devices to improve the safety of travel.

The concept, which was published in a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), involves a ‘traveller-centric’ approach, allowing border controls to access large amounts of data on passengers ‘without the need to have personal data stored in one central database.’

With cross-border travel predicted to grow by 50% over the next decade, and international arrivals increasing to 1.8 billion by 2030, the WEF has been eager to implement its concept, with the Canadian government showing interest. Canadian minister of transport Marc Garneau commented that ‘technological advancements provide opportunities to make security for air travel more efficient while improving the traveller experience.’


ACI urges for fast adoption of European rulebook for drones

Airports Council International (ACI) called upon the European Union (EU) to adopt a rulebook to regulate the use of drones across EU skies.

According to ACI Europe, the EU Aviation Strategy paved the way for the development of a new regulation on the use of drones. It was announced in December 2015.

Political agreement on the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulation and the aviation community’s support late last year for the Helsinki Declaration are also expected to boost the creation of a rulebook on the use of drones in the EU.


Smiths Detection wins supply contract at Düsseldorf Airport

Smiths Detection secured a contract to install next-generation ECAC Standard 3 explosives detection systems (EDS) at Düsseldorf Airport.

The contract includes installation of 14 advanced HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners. It was awarded by the Procurement Office of the German Ministry of Interior.

Along with the supply contract, Smiths Detection also signed an eight-year associated service agreement.


LAWA approves $336.5m terminal expansion at Los Angeles Airport

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) approved a $336.5m contract to extend the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US.

Austin Commercial will design and build the extensions that will see the construction of seven structures from the airport’s nine terminals.

The structures are expected to facilitate movement between the terminals and upcoming automated people mover (APM) stations. They will include staircases, escalators, elevators and walkways.


Heathrow plans to reduce third runway’s length to cut costs

London Heathrow Airport launched proposals for a shorter third runway in a public consultation after pledging to cut £2.5bn of costs.

Over a ten week period, Heathrow will seek opinions on how to shape the airport’s future and serve local communities and the UK economy.

The airport is also seeking ideas on options to deliver and operate an expanded airport, alongside principles of new airspace design.


Insitu demonstrates UAS situational awareness system

Insitu demonstrated a ground-based airspace situational awareness system to help unmanned aerial systems detect nearby aircraft.

The ground-based Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) airspace situational awareness system was developed in Australia.

Insitu said that the system was developed with beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) capability for commercial UAS ground control operators to avoid ‘non-cooperative’ traffic during flight operations.


Turner and Flatiron to deliver $700m Denver airport expansion

A joint venture between Turner Construction Company and Flatiron Construction was awarded a contract by the City and County of Denver to deliver a $700m expansion of Denver International Airport in the US.

The contract includes the construction of gates, concessions, runways and taxiways at the airport.

The project will add more than 530,000ft² to Concourse A and 91,000ft² to Concourse B.


Honeywell unveils new FANS testing tool

Honeywell Aerospace rolled out a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) testing tool for its GoDirect Datalink service users.

Operators using GoDirect Datalink can use the new built-in tool to test the system on their aircraft to verify whether it has been installed and operates correctly.

FANS testing will tell operators and pilots whether they have access to suitable satellite communication and navigation before takeoff.


Dubai’s ARP projects to reduce air traffic congestion

The new Airspace Restructuring Project (ARP) was implemented by Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) and the Northern Emirates to improve Dubai’s airspace capacity.

The air traffic management project will provide increased access to all airports in the country. It will enable the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to meet air traffic demands by 2020.

As part of ARP, DANS introduced 90 new air traffic management procedures and 150 new waypoints as well as appointing 168 trained air traffic controllers. This is intended to provide a seamless transition to the new design of the controlled airspace for Dubai and the northern Emirates.