Belgium’s Belgocontrol develops tool to measure upper winds

Belgian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Belgocontrol developed a new tool to inform pilots and air traffic controllers on upper winds.

The tool is designed to improve approach safety at Brussels Airport.

A very strong tailwind at high altitude is said may lead to a non-stabilised approach, which could cause a missed approach with overshoot or the go-around procedure.

Qantas opens new lounge at London Heathrow Airport

Qantas opened the new London Lounge at Heathrow Airport in preparation for a launch of non-stop 787 Dreamliner flight services between the UK and Australia, expected to commence on 25 March next year.

Located at Terminal 3, the new lounge will accommodate more than 230 passengers. It will be open for customers travelling in First and Business class, as well as Qantas Platinum One, Platinum, and Gold Qantas frequent flyers.

It will also be accessible for eligible oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers, Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold customers, and Qantas Club members.

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ACI-NA calls for airport infrastructure upgrade

Members of Airports Council International North America’s (ACI-NA) Beyond the Runway coalition called for the modernisation and enhancement of airport infrastructure.

A total of 51 members of the coalition sent a letter urging Congress to advance the major provisions previously approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee that would help improve aviation infrastructure across the US.

The letter stated that, including actions such as modernising the passenger facility charge (PFC) and increasing funding for the airport improvement programme (AIP) in the fiscal year 2018 (FY18), the omnibus bill will ensure airports remain strong hubs for economic growth.

Schiphol Airport trials personal security pass project

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands enabled passengers taking part in the Personal Security Pass pilot project to reserve a time slot online for passing through the security control at the airport.

The pass will be applicable for several flights travelling to Schengen destinations, allowing passengers to travel through a specially designed entry gate in Departure Hall 1 at check-in desk 1A.

Time slots can be reserved from four days and up to one hour and 15 minutes before departure through the Schiphol App.

LFV and Swedavia to set up remote ATS at four Swedish airports

LFV signed an agreement with airport operator Swedavia to establish air traffic services (ATS) from a remote position at Kiruna Airport, Umeå Airport, Åre Östersund Airport, and Malmö Airport.

LFV is claimed to be the world’s first Swedish air navigation service provider (ANSP) that incorporates ATS from a remote position, also referred to as remote tower services (RTS).

In April 2015, a remote tower centre in Sundsvall was opened for air traffic management (ATM) of Örnsköldsvik Airport from a remote location.

NATS to build smart digital tower prototype for Singapore Changi Airport

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) awarded a new contract to the UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS for the development of a new smart digital tower prototype.

Under the contract, valued at approximately $7m, NATS will be responsible for building the prototype over a period of 22 months.

Following this, CAAS will evaluate the operational feasibility of a smart digital tower before determining its suitability and robustness for Singapore Changi Airport.

US TSA and CDA deploy automated screening lanes at Midway Airport

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) deployed new automated screening lanes at Midway International Airport.

The two organisations worked in close collaboration to install the new lanes as part of the US airport’s security checkpoint upgrade project.

The project also aims to bolster the security of the airport before the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

New X-ray machine to be trialled at Auckland Airport

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand is set to trial a new biosecurity X-ray machine targeting hand baggage carried by international air passengers at Auckland Airport.

Operated by MPI, the X-ray unit has the potential to improve biosecurity and passenger flow at the airport.

The biosecurity staff of MPI started directing selected passengers to the new unit during peak time arrivals in the morning and evening.

London City Airport retains NATS as air traffic service provider

London City Airport signed a strategic partnership to continue its relationship with NATS as its air traffic service provider for the next ten years.

NATS has been providing air traffic services to the airport since it first opened in 1987.

The transformational redevelopment programme at the airport will include an extended passenger terminal, seven new aircraft stands, and a parallel taxiway to increase runway capacity.

New Mobile Inspection Table system goes live at Cleveland Airport

Daifuku Airport Technologies’ (ATec) new Mobile Inspection Table (MIT) system became operational at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in the US.

The new in-line baggage screening system consists of 31 MITs.

The MITs offer a customised solution for optimal flexibility and are said to be a quiet and scalable approach to the checked bag reconciliation area.