London City Airports closed by protesters

blmMorning flights at London City Airport have been disrupted after nine protesters chained themselves together on the runway.

Police stated that it was around 5:40 am when a group of protesters claiming to support the Black Lives Matter UK movement occupied the runway. (more…)

Hartsfield-Jackson recognized for energy efficient efforts

Hartsfield-Jackson recognized for energy efficient effortsHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials and Georgia Power leadership celebrated the completion of the latest energy efficiency upgrades at the world’s busiest and most efficient airport.

At a special event in the Airport atrium, Georgia Power presented a $45,901 rebate check to Hartsfield-Jackson as part of the company’s Commercial Energy Efficiency program. Hartsfield-Jackson earned the rebate by upgrading halogen lamps in more than 16,000 runway and taxiway fixtures to energy-efficient LEDs throughout the airport’s north and south airfields in 2014. The Airport is the first in the world to have an all LED fixture airfield, and continues Hartsfield-Jackson’s efforts to become the most sustainable airport in the world.


ACI and CANSO launch new initiative on reducing aviation noise

ACI and CANSO launch new initiative on reducing aviation noiseOn behalf of airports and air traffic management, ACI (Airports Council International) and CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) have collaborated closely to launch a new initiative to help reduce noise from aviation. They have today published “Managing the Impacts of Aviation Noise”, a best practice guide for reducing aviation noise, especially for communities near airports. The initiative is to be rolled out to airports and air traffic management organizations across the globe.


Ramenskoye airport to start receiving passengers in March 2016

Ramenskoye airport to start receiving passengers in March 2016The first stage of the development of the fourth Moscow airport, conducted by Ramport Aero, is approaching its completion. Ramenskoye airport is expected to start receiving passengers in March 2016, informed Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov.

Currently the construction of the first passenger terminal capable of handling a total of 2 million passengers is being finished on the territory of the Ramenskoye aerodrome. Ramenskoye International will be the fourth airport of the Moscow Aviation Hub which is currently being developed on the basis of existing Ramenskoye aerodrome. While operating the longest runway (5.5 km) in Europe, the airport will act as a major center of experimental, governmental and civil aviation.


FAA proposes penalty against Cleveland for failing on ice and snow removal requirements

FAA proposes penalty against Cleveland for failing on ice and snow removal requirementsThe FAA is proposing $735,000 civil penalty against the City of Cleveland for failing to meet safe airport snow and ice removal requirements on runways and taxiways at Hopkins International airport (CLE) over a 15-month period that ended March 2015.

The agency cites two incidents on Dec. 30, 2013, when two commercial aircraft became disabled on taxiways because of unsafe braking conditions. Freezing rain and drizzle had been falling for more than two hours when the airport allegedly dismissed its maintenance staff at 11 p.m., leaving no airport personnel to operate snow-removal and de-icing equipment the next morning. Federal regulations require that commercial service airports be sufficiently staffed with enough qualified personnel to carry out their snow and ice control plans during severe weather.

Further, under an updated snow policy created in conjunction with the agency’s initial investigation into the incident, CLE airport management failed, on 19 separate days between January 5 and March 1, 2015, to adequately staff for snow and ice removal, according to the agency. The city has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond.

Vilnius airport, passenger traffic rises by 10% in August, 2015

Vilnius airport

Vilnius Airport has served 332 thousand passengers in August 2015 – this is the record of the capital’s airport during the entire period of operation since 1932. During the last summer month of the last year, 301 thousand passengers travelled to/from Vilnius Airport by air, this year the number rose by 10%, reports BC airport’s press service.

The capital’s airport expects to receive over 3 million passengers in total this year – the threshold of 2 million has been reached in mid-August.


ICPC stands up to Nigerian airport corruption

22e09bb1298f4162f8552a4effdcc07fIndependent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Ministry of Aviation will join forces in effort to prevent corruption and maintain discipline nation’s airports, as well as to attract investments, informs Nigerian Tribune.

The two bodies during a technical meeting held at the ICPC Headquarters, at the weekend in Abuja, agreed that there was need to bring sanity to the sector.


EU airport growth outpaced non-EU at +5.5% in October, 2014

22bf0d7ef4fe82c72becbc6ab10f6db5Following a sustained period of several years during which airport passenger traffic grew at a much faster pace in non-EU countries such as Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and others, the tide has turned to find EU airports now reporting higher growth than their non-EU counterparts.

In October this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airport grew by +5.5%. More specifically, passenger growth at airports in the EU reported a good result of +5.6% year-on-year. At non-EU airports in Europe (including Iceland, Norway, Russia, Switzerland & Turkey), passenger traffic grew by +5.1% over the same period, effectively flipping the difference between EU and Non-EU performance, in favour of EU airports.


Details Published on Thursday, 27 November 2014 12:36

imageOn the 25th of November 2014, passengers of the “KatekAvia” company had to push their plane to the taxiway. The Tu-134 airplane had to deliver 74 passengers from Irkutsk city to Krasnoyarsk, Russia.


New runway technology at Newcastle Airport

0ea2fba07b9d9403fb647345bfa78759Newcastle International Airport is the first airport in the UK to achieve Category III status for the use of forward scatter meter runway visual range equipment. The breakthrough will radically reduce the costs to airports of this vital piece of runway technology, replacing the need for the more expensive equipment traditionally needed for Category III operations.

Airport landing equipment is ranked dependent on the level of visibility it can operate in – from category I through to III.

Until now, forward scatter meters – a piece of technology that measures runway visibility – have been approved only for use in supporting Category I operations. However, following a successful trial early this year, Newcastle Airport and air traffic engineers at NATS have been able to prove that the technology can also provide the level of accuracy required for more demanding Category III operations.

NATS is also working with the Civil Aviation Authority and technology supplier AGI, to develop a new and more robust method for determining the true visibility available to pilots of arriving aircraft. This could in turn help reduce the length of time that Low Visibility Procedures would need to be in force.

Source and image: NATS

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