Friday, May 26, 2017

India steps up efforts to map noise

Neelam Mathews, Delhi
Jane's Airport Review

Mumbai (pictured) is one of five large Indian airports to undergo noise-mapping.
Mumbai (pictured) is one of five large Indian airports to undergo noise-mapping. (Neelam Mathews)
India is prioritising moves to limit noise emissions at airports and standardise land use planning, as it prepares for an ICAO audit in November 2017.
ICAO Doc 9289 (Balanced Approach to Noise Management) calls for member states to introduce noise limit guidelines and land use plans by 2018.

The Indian National Physical Laboratory (NPL) ....more in JAR.

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    SITA eyes next-generation technology for Asia-Pacific

    Jane's Airport Review
    Neelam Mathews, New Delhi

    Sumesh Patel, SITA president Asia-Pacific.
    Sumesh Patel, SITA president Asia-Pacific. (SITA) 
    As the Asia-Pacific region experiences airport congestion as air traffic grows, passengers are often left disappointed. Recognising this problem, technology services provider, SITA is looking at the region with renewed focus by testing new concepts, with plans in hand for more.
    SITA is the main IT solutions provider to most of the 20 busiest ....more on Janes Airports Review

    New Location Tracking optimizes resource scheduling

    May 23, 2017

    - "GSE 4.0" creates complete transparency for Ground Support

    With "GSE 4.0", Lufthansa Technik AG has developed a system that
    allows Ground Support Equipment - i.e. all resources with a towbar or
    an ignition switch - to be found immediately using new localization
    software. This makes the time-consuming search for available GSE such
    as ladders, trailers, loaders, tugs, towbars, start-up devices, and
    air conditioning units a thing of the past.

    Lufthansa Technik began the implementation of the pilot project in
    April. Hardware and software has now been installed, the antennas
    positioned on hangar roofs, and around 1,500 GSE items have been
    connected. The system has already gone online in Hamburg and
    Frankfurt. It will soon be put into operation in Munich and for other
    users within the Lufthansa Group, for example Lufthansa Cargo.

    "With the help of 'GSE 4.0', location tracking is now possible at any
    time and in any place, so that we can locate all networked GSE both
    outside and in the hangars," says project leader Gerrit Rexhausen.
    Quick and precise locating of equipment improves the availability of
    all GSE and allows for completely transparent planning. Beyond this,
    each item of GSE can display relevant information such as the fuel
    level, outside temperature, or faults.

    "GSE 4.0" is possible using special hardware and software. Whilst
    localization with trackers and gateway uses established hardware, the
    visualization software was especially developed for the project. All
    trackers are equipped with on-board sensors. The sensors can be
    configured flexibly, depending on needs and the specific GSE, and
    extended using existing external sensors such as fuel level
    indicators on vehicles.

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Indian Navy upgrades ATC meteorological equipment

    Neelam Mathews, Delhi

    Jane's Airport Review

    The Indian Navy (IN) has inaugurated the first of nine Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) installations, mainly using technology from Vaisala, under a contract worth an undisclosed amount.
    IAAMS is shown to Admiral Sunil Lamba (second from left), Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.
    IAAMS is shown to Admiral Sunil Lamba (second from left), Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. (Indian Navy)
    Indian Naval Station Rajali near Chennai is the launch site, and it will serve as a testbed for future IAAMS deployments as the IN seeks to replace manual meteorological observations with automated real-time measurements with a suite of sensors.
    IAAMS installations at the other eight bases will be /
    ................................................more in Janes

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Jeddah concession goes to CAI

    Jane's Airport Review
    Neelam Mathews, New Delhi
    A consortium led by Changi Airports International (CAI) has won a 20-year concession from the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to operate and manage the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah.
    CAI CEO Lim Liang Song said the deal reflects......more on subscription

    Good News! SriLankan Airlines increases frequencies to New Delhi

    Press Release

    A total of 11 flights a week will operate to and out of DEL from 15th July

    SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance will be adding four more frequencies to its current daily operations to/from New Delhi from July 15, 2017. This announcement reinforces the significance of the Indian market and specifically North India for the airline.

    These flights will each feature an array of bespoke services, world-class in-flight entertainment including a combination of practical timings and signature SriLankan Airlines hospitality services. The purpose of adding these flights is to provide passengers with added convenience and a wider choice in terms of travel between the two countries and seeking onward connectivity.
    The timings of the additional 4 flights will be as follows:
    Flight No.
    Days of Operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat
    The above flights are in addition ongoing daily 7 flights departure ex Delhi at 1845 hrs and arrival in Colombo at 2220hrs.
    The four new flights with morning arrivals have been introduced specifically for the business community and leisure travellers from North India to Sri Lanka. With an arrival time of 0845 hrs, it will be convenient for Indian tourists coming to Sri Lanka as they can utilize the whole day and have convenient check in times at hotels in Sri Lanka. The departure time of 0035 hrs will also be extremely convenient for business travellers as they can conduct their business within the day in Colombo and return to Delhi.
    The morning arrival time in Colombo for the new flight will also give convenient connections to destinations like Maldives, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok.

    Commenting on the occasion, SriLankan Airlines, Manager Northern & Eastern India Mr. Chinthaka Weerasinghe stated, “North India is a key market for us and with most of the industrialists and business families spread across Delhi & neighboring states. While we have always received a strong response from this market, Delhi serves as a key business hub for all multinational corporations. These additional flights will cater to growing business, corporate and leisure demand between Sri Lanka and Delhi.”

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    MARITIME SECURITY : Security at India’s minor ports shockingly low

    12th May 2017 - 12:01by Neelam Mathews in Chennai 
    IMDEX Asia: Security at India’s minor ports shockingly low
    India's porous 7,500km coastline is dotted with fishing harbours, and because these are often adjacent to major ports, an incident could have severe security ramifications. Further, a host of agencies responsible for security, including Customs, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), .....Read more on