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Airways supports Mongolia to safely reduce ATC separation
August 14, 2014
Mongolian air traffic control separation standards will reduce from 90 to 30 kilometres in September following an Airways New Zealand review of the Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority safety assessment requirements.
Tim Bradding, a former Airways Safety Manager and current regional Chief Controller, visited Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia recently to assist the Mongolian CAA (MCAA) in their reduction of aircraft separation distances. Since the installation in 2012 of radar sites across the region, radar control in the area has been introduced gradually, and currently relies on a 90 kilometre separation between aircraft.
Mr Bradding says he worked closely with the MCAA to assess reducing radar separation standards to more closely align with the ICAO standard of five nautical miles (10 kilometres).
“During my visit I considered equipment reliability, procedures, air traffic controller training and contingency planning, to enable the MCAA to achieve their aircraft separation goals,” he says.
“Reducing aircraft separation requirements in a safe manner will allow the Mongolian CAA to more rapidly increase their air traffic flows, with economic benefits across the country and the region,” says Mr Bradding.
Airways is New Zealand’s air navigation services provider, and provides leading air traffic control consultancy services around the world.
AeroGround signs long-term agreement with Adria Airways
August 12, 2014
AeroGround Flughafen München GmbH, the ground handling subsidiary of the Mu-nich Airport operating company (FMG), reached agreement with the Slovenian airline Adria Airways on a long-term full-handling contract at Munich Airport.
In cooperation with its affiliates aerogate and Cargogate, AeroGround is Munich Airport's only full-service provider offering the complete range of landside and airside services to cover all aspects of aircraft, passenger and cargo handling. A cornerstone of this concept is the central sales unit of AeroGround, which, since 2013, has handled all sales and marketing activities for the three ground handling service providers AeroGround, aerogate and Cargogate.
The central sales unit reached agreement with the Slovenian carrier Adria Airways on a long-term full-handling contract at Munich Airport. It covers both aircraft and baggage handling, to be performed by AeroGround, as well as cargo handling through cargogate. The Star Alliance carrier Adria Airways flies several times a week from Munich to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, Pristina (Kosovo), and, since the start of this year, to Lódz (Poland). For Munich Airport's ground handling teams, this means an increased order volume of up to 1,200 handling operations per year, or 2,400 aircraft movements.
Back in April of this year, Aeroground was also successful in signing a long-term full handling deal with Aegean Airlines.
Fraport AG Receives Terminal 3 Building Permit
August 12, 2014
Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA), has received the building permit from the City of Frankfurt for the planned Terminal 3 (T3). The construction of the new terminal, which will rise on the southern side of Frankfurt Airport, is an integral part of Fraport’s Airport Expansion Program as approved in the official zoning procedure. The new terminal has been designed as a modular construction concept to be implemented in phases. The first construction phase will include the central terminal building and two piers to serve up to 14 million passengers per year.
Commenting on Fraport’s successful application for the T3 building permit, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte said: “We are pleased that the City of Frankfurt has now issued the building permit for our new Terminal 3. In particular, I would like to extend special thanks to Fraport’s construction planning experts for their excellent job and to the City of Frankfurt’s building supervisory authority, which once again has demonstrated its expertise and professionalism in dealing with highly complex construction projects.”
Fraport expects Frankfurt Airport will need additional capacity – which will be available after the completion of the first T3 construction phase – by no later than 2021.
In the first construction phase, Terminal 3 will feature a total of 24 terminal docking positions at the two piers. When fully completed, Terminal 3 will provide a total of 50 aircraft docking positions. Overall, planning for the passenger terminal focuses on highly efficient energy standards. The design of the building’s technical systems, for example, will completely eliminate the need for external heating.
Terminal 3 will be linked to the existing Terminals 1 and 2, as well as the airport train stations, by expanding FRA’s baggage conveyor and Sky Line people-mover systems.
Change in Mumbai airport bid norms gives relief to TATA group
August 11, 2014
Business Standard reported that the government has relaxed rules allowing airlines or its associates to hold 26% stake in a special purpose vehicle which will develop the Navi Mumbai airport. The move gives a partial relief to the TATA group whose realty and infrastructure arm is keen to bid for the airport.
City Industrial and Development Corporation issued the request for qualification for the airport in February. It was amended following a decision by project management committee comprising of state and central government officials in July with fresh conditions and submission date extended to September 2nd. This included an amendment to the clause which said that the special purpose vehicle shall not include an equity ownership of an airline or its associates exceeding 10% of total equity of the SPV.
Now the clause has been relaxed and airlines or their associates can hold up to 26% in the SPV. However the government has issued a rider which bars them from holding board position in the SPV.
At present no domestic or foreign airline have expressed interest to participate in Navi Mumbai airport project.
TRIL is in discussions with Spanish company Ferrovial, an investor in London Heathrow and other airports, to jointly bid for the project. The SPV bidding for the airport can have up to four partners and TRIL has not finalised the ownership structure of its proposed consortium.
TRIL did not respond to an email query on the topic.
CIDCO expects the first phase of the proposed INR 14,500 crore global airport at Navi Mumbai to be ready by December 2018.
Mr Sanjay Bhatia, VC of CIDCO, had earlier said that the settlement of disputes with almost all villages for smooth land acquisition was CIDCO's priority. The agency is developing a 600 square kilometre township for the airport.
Fraport in exclusive talks for stake in Slovenia's Aerodrom Ljubljana
August 11, 2014
The Slovenia Sovereign Holding (SSH) has entered into exclusive talks with German airport operator Fraport on the sale of a 75.5% stake in Aerodrom Ljubljana, which runs the Ljubljana International Airport.
Fraport, the operator of the Frankfurt Airport, was the best bidder and the negotiations will be time-limited, the SSH said in a press release Wednesday.
The news comes just a day after the SSH revealed there was significant interest in Aerodrom Ljubljana and said the procedure could be completed by the end of the month.
While other bidders have not been revealed, media reports suggest they included at least the operators of the Venice and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, as well as a Chinese aircraft leasing company reports Slovenia TImes.
Costly Delay For New Las Vegas Airport Control Tower
August 11, 2014
Authorities say a construction error will delay completion of a $99 million Federal Aviation Administration tower at McCarran International Airport, and could cost millions of dollars to fix.
The FAA acknowledged the delay in a statement citing what it called “issues” that need to be resolved.
Agency spokesman Allen Kenitzer declined further comment on Friday.
An official with Chicago-based Walsh Construction and Archer Western Contractors didn’t immediately respond Friday to a message.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a chemical to prevent a toxic fungus was improperly applied in ductwork, walls and subfloors that may need to be cut into to fix the problem.
Work began in June 2011 on the 352-foot tower, along with a four-story Terminal Radar Approach Control building.
A 2015 completion date is now 2017.
SAERCO receives advanced simulator training in New Zealand
August 10, 2014
A technical specialist from SAERCO in Madrid visited New Zealand recently to undertake advanced technical training on the Airways Total Control air traffic control simulators.
The Spanish Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) has won contracts over recent years for the provision of ATC services to airports across Spain, and earlier this year purchased Total Control simulators to assist in its training of air traffic controllers. SAERCO is the first Spanish private ANSP to provide AFIS, ATC and CNS services, and is certified according to European requirements.
Developed by Airways in partnership with New Zealand-based 3D graphics experts Animation Research Ltd, Total Control software capabilities include a full 360° tower simulator, an LCD tower simulator, a desktop simulator for use in towers and a radar simulator. It also features a user-friendly interface, high quality graphics, and easily adaptable exercises that can be edited by the ANSP to suit their existing traffic and potential scenarios.
The Airways project team installed LCD and desktop versions of the Total Control tower simulator into the SAERCO Madrid training centre in April, and provided initial user training. The simple-to-use technology provides air traffic control students with a level of realism equivalent to the ATC environment they will eventually work in, and includes real world graphics of the Spanish airports which SAERCO are responsible for.
Vanderlande updates Cardiff’s baggage handling system
August 1, 2014
A long term partnership that will see significant improvements to the baggage handling system at Cardiff Airport has been agreed between the airport and Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd, the UK subsidiary of the world’s leading baggage handling systems provider.
DFS and Atech deliver air traffic flow management system for India
August 1, 2014
At the end of July, the Brazilian system manufacturer Atech won the bid issued by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide an air traffic flow management (ATFM) system. Atech and the German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung are supplying the system SkyFlow together on a partnership basis worldwide. The solution will be implemented within the next 2 1/2 years. In the project, DFS will contribute their in-depth experience in ATFM and support Atech in developing the safety case, operational training plans and during the certification process for the system. For the implementation phase, Atech will also work together with Three D Integrated Solutions, an Indian systems engineering firm.
Skyflow integrates flight plan data from airlines, airports and air navigation service providers among others, with weather information in a unified database. The system is specially designed to manage the strategic planning of scheduled flights and the tactical control of daily operations. The resulting common situational awareness of the relevant stakeholders assists in ensuring fuel savings as well as increasing the punctuality of flights. At the same time, the system also provides a platform for Collaborative Decision Making.