Thursday, February 25, 2016

Janes -Recent Airport Related Stories by Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews
Feb 24 2016 
Aireon is to supply space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) 
data for the Civil Aviation Authority ofSingapore (CAAS) under a deal signed on on 18 
February during the Singapore Airshow.
The CAAS signed a 12-year contract to purchase the service, 
beginning in 2018. 
This is the first data services agreement for the Aireon service in the 
Asia-Pacific region.
In order to improve air traffic controller situational awareness, Aireon will provide data 
for the entire Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR) by supplementing

 existing surveillance sensors used by the CAAS.
Over the next two years, CAAS will establish the necessary infrastructure to
 integrate the Aireon service with legacy systems. The Aireon surveillance 
system will use ADS-B receivers carried as hosted payloads on Iridium 
Next satellites.
CAAS director general Kevin Shum said ..
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India shows a voracious appetite

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Neelam Mathews
Last posted
Indian airports will need to cater for up to 222 million 
additional passengers over the next 10 years to keep 
pace with demand, Airports Authority of India (AAI) 
officials estimate.
Passenger traffic in India grew by 21% in 2015. 
The AAI plans capital expenditure of approximately 
USD3 billion in the next five years, mostly on airport
 development projects.
"India is expecting an annual 8% growth in air traffic 
in the next few years and infrastructure will have to 
be in step with this," said SV Satish, AAI executive
 director of safety.
"We are looking at more joint ventures, of which 
one government-to government MoU [memorandum of understanding] has already 
been signed with Singapore," he told IHS Jane's  .
Under the MoU, approved by the Indian parliament, Changi Airports International 
will operate and manage Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports. Teams from Singapore 
and India will also collaborate on a wide range of other activities, including master
 planning and design; traffic development; commercial development; service quality 
improvement; training; cargo-handling; and maintenance, repair, and overhaul.
The AAI capital expenditure plan includes USD125 million on airport systems, USD19 
million on IT projects, and USD155 million on air navigation services, ground safety,
 and security equipment.
For example, the AAI is seeking support from foreign suppliers to equip more 
than 12 new air freight terminals. It recently procured an Integrated Cargo 
Management System for Delhi and Mumbai from domestic IT company Kale.
In terms of investment in air traffic management (ATM) technology, Satish said the 
Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) at Chennai International Airport will be 
expanded .....

Recent tenders from the AAI   Read more on JAR

Afghans learn in India

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Neelam Mathews
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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) Civil Aviation 
Training College (CATC) in Allahabad has completed 
a six-week training course for Afghan civilian air traffic 
The course was funded by the United Nations Office 
of Project Services (UNOPS).
Seven Afghan controllers were trained in airport 
safety management systems and meteorological services. 
The course also included two weeks of on-the-job training
 at Varanasi International Airport in Babatpur.

China-funded Pakistan development poised to begin

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The biggest airport 
in Pakistan is being built
 by the China
Construction Company 
at Gwadar in 
Baluchistan as part of 
the USD46 billion 
Economic Corridor 
linking western China 
to the Arabian Sea.
Construction of New
Gwadar International 
Airport is set to begin i
mminently. The USD250 million project is expected to last 30 months on a 4,000-acre 
site that sits 25 km northeast of the existing airport.
The airport is one element of a wider Chinese-backed strategy for Gwadar, 
including development of the deepwater Gwadar Port and a road-building programme. 
Chinese Overseas Ports Holding Company Ltd took over the port in October 2015 after 
signing a 40-year lease for more than 2,000 acres of land.
While New Gwadar International International Airport is primarily a Chinese 
project, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) is upgrading airfield infrastructure 
at a number of sites.
Elsewhere in Pakistan...JAR

GAGAN developer woos general aviation

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Neelam Mathews
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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is struggling to 
convince commercial airlines to use the GPS Aided Geo 
Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) satellite-based 
augmentation system, but it hopes for a better reception 
from the general aviation community.
Having worked with the Indian Space Research 
Organisation and Raytheon on the official launch of 
GAGAN for Indian airspace in 2015, the AAI may have to
 hire an external marketing consultant to convince
 carriers to adopt the system.
GAGAN "is a big opportunity for India", said S V
 Satish, former ATM general manager for GAGAN
 and now executive director for safety at the AAI. 
"We should take the lead in marketing GAGAN to
 neighbouring countries."
Will budget airline SpiceJet become the first carrier to adopt GAGAN?

Will budget airline SpiceJet become the first carrier to adopt GAGAN? (Neelam Mathews)
The AAI aims to develop technology parks at Bangalore and Delhi, to include 
a data centre and facilities for manufacturing GAGAN receivers. It also proposes 
setting up an independent Communication, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS)
 directorate to ensure GAGAN adoption is prioritised. It will look at "upgrades of 
GAGAN in moving further when necessary", said Satish.
However, IHS Jane's  understands that the Helicopters Use of Gagan in India (HUGI) 
project ......JAR.
An operator with a GAGAN-capable receiver can benefit from the same level 
of performance whatever the coverage area. The system reduces dependency .....JAR

Indian policy finally sees the light of day

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Neelam Mathews, New Delhi
Last posted
After approximately 20 years of false starts the Indian 
government is finally poised to release a new National 
Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), as it seeks to revive more 
than 300 airports and airfields to improve regional 
The NCAP will come into force on 1 April 2016, said ..JAR

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