One of the top priorities for the NBAA safety committee is to help pilots better understand the airport environment at unfamiliar landing locations. To assist cockpit crews, the safety committee recently rolled out a prototype of a new airport safety assessment tool to quantify airport risks around the world. The airport audit tool currently takes the form of a seven-page safety checklist for crews to use before their first arrival.
Southampton recently became the first airport in the UK to use the Bird Control Group’s handheld Aerolaser to disturb and repel birds from runways. The laser technology simulates a physical danger to the birds, provoking them to fly away to protect themselves. The laser is calibrated for use in daylight and incorporates a safety feature to prevent its shining at aircraft or the control tower.
Countries including Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand have an interest in using “remote towers” to control air traffic, according to Saab, which is already certifying one such facility in Sweden. The company is also competing to provide systems for three airports in Germany and up to 75 in Norway.
TAG Farnborough Airport awarded the TAG Flying Scholarship 2014 to 17-year-old James Peter Singh. The scholarship covers training towards a national private pilot license at Blackbushe Airport.
TAG’s scholarship is one of the tools that the company uses to inform local school and college students about aviation, as part of TAG’s Aviation to Education program. The flying experience provided in the scholarship is facilitated by TAG Farnborough Airport and the Air League Educational Trust.
More than 60 cyclists representing TAG Aviation, Gulfstream, Cessna, Jetex and the Resource Group completed a 250-mile ride from Paris Le Bourget Airport to Farnborough Airport on Monday. The riders raised approximately $85,000 for aviation charity Fly2help, which gives people living with disability, serious illness, bereavement or isolation the chance to experience a flight.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services purchased Atlanta Executive Jet Center, the lone FBO at Cobb County Airport, as the fourth location in what the company plans eventually to be a nationwide network. Cobb County, one of Georgia’s busiest general aviation airports, will become an international gateway next year with the addition of onsite U.S. Customs service. At 6,305 feet, the airport offers the longest general aviation runway in the Atlanta area, Hawthorne said.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing new helicopter safety technology that allows flight in degraded visual environments. The program is an example of how the group is diversifying its activities to achieve a more balanced portfolio between civil and defense markets. Another example is its new TaxiBot system for more fuel-efficient airliner taxiing, which has just completed certification testing at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport.
If you build it, they will come. The UK National Aeronautical Centre (Hall 1 Stand C9) has answered the first part of that challenge by making available the facilities to fly large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, in an environment that also accommodates manned aviation. The center now awaits a response from what is expected to be a boom market for commercial UAS.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the National Air Transportation Association have jointly released the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH), a set of global best practices for business aviation ground handlers. The standards, released July 7, feature a safety management system designed to meet future International Civil Aviation Organization requirements. IBAC’s first workshop on the fundamentals of and auditing for IS-BAH is scheduled for August 27, at Paris Le Bourget Airport.
Rockwell Collins’s flight management system (FMS) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver successfully enabled the first demonstrations of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the European Union’s airspace-enhancing project called FilGapp (“filling the gap” in GNSS advanced procedures and operations), the company announced today. FilGapp is intended to create new, more efficient methods of navigating airspace using satellite-based navigation and advanced FMS functions.