The global aviation security sector has experienced a huge change over the past couple of decades, and has significantly strengthened since the tragic events of 9/11.
As countries around the world take on board the seriousness of security in airports and in particular, the provision of passenger data, the market for increasingly sophisticated systems has inevitably grown.
The advancements in technology for border control and passenger processing are simply staggering, and according to Technavio, leading technology analysts, in their recent report, the passenger screening systems market will grow at a CAGR rate of 4.02% in the five-year period between 2014 and 2019.
As countries all over the world look to make improvements to passenger processing and border security, the Dominican Republic now joins them as the latest country to subscribe to the Advance Passenger Information System.
Rockwell Collins are to provide a new border control system for the Dominican Republic in a new agreement that includes secure airport messaging and DCS integration.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC solutions have long been at the forefront of airport security, with products that range from information management and IT integration to turnkey automated border security systems including eGates.
Bombardier has released a stunning preview of its latest long-range business jet interior for the Global 7000 after announcing a delay in release of the aircraft.
The interior design and the exterior framework have been remodelled to support the requirements of the modern business passenger and Bombardier say that they have had suggestive input from their current customers.
We decided to let the Global 7000 speak for itself in the video below.
As issues arise in the aircraft maintenance industry with gaps in knowledge of the fast-advancing technology on board, it has been suggested that training is necessary to ensure maintenance teams are fully aware of the latest solutions for airport information systems and aircraft communications.
According to experts, around 90% of problems that arise in the sector are down to people errors and issues. Even today’s graduates lack specific knowledge of the most advanced information management systems.
Older, legacy messaging systems are slowly being replaced all over the world with solutions such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC eHub for example. Multi-use web-based services are increasing in popularity due to the increased efficiency of the messaging environment and comprehensive approach to information technology.
A comparison of the proposed plans to reform the US ATC system has been conducted by the Department of Transportation Offices of the Inspector General (DOT OIG) and a new report has been issued highlighting the impact these are likely to have on the NextGen modernisation program.
A reform of the ATS structure in the US, due to the size and complex nature of its airspace – which is up to 2.5 times the size of that in the UK – could make the implementation of NextGen initiatives difficult.
Comparisons were made with the UK, Canada, Germany and France and the US has more GA aircraft in operation than all four of these countries combined. The creation of an independent ANSP, a part of the reform plans, could cause further, potentially catastrophic delays to the NextGen program.
Other countries, such as Canada, will be using a multi-phase process for the implementation of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), but the US will be looking at a full-scale modernisation, developing new technology and not modifying current products, which other countries and ANSPs will do, forming partnerships and using private companies to meet their requirements.
CPDLC will revolutionise current aviation ATC, centralising these vital processes as the world’s air traffic increases. The NextGen initiative is designed to make ATC more efficient and will open up new tracks to further increase this efficiency.
Congress and the aviation industry in the US are in talks to find a solution.
Inmarsat, the British satellite company that sprang into the headlines earlier this year when they aided the search for lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, have said that they have conducted tests that show the possibilities for tracking flights at 15 minute intervals without the need for elevated costs.
The tests, conducted with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia, highlighted that current technology is capable of identifying aircraft positioning every 15 minutes, effectively supporting the ICAO plan to scrap current 30-40 minute reporting intervals.
Inmarsat suggested that 15-minute reporting intervals are possible without raising costs, creating a ‘good balance’ between monitoring requirements, limitations of the system installed and the cost of operation.
On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, we take a look at how those tragic events have led to improvements in aviation security and in counter-terrorism.
In the months following the attacks, physical security in airports around the world, and particularly in the US significantly tightened. The TSA immediately launched a comprehensive aviation security program and passenger and luggage screening became a major priority.
As the years have passed, technological advancements have led to the implementation of advanced passenger screening systems. The provision and requirement of Advance Passenger Information has become almost industry-standard across the world and security training has also been stepped up.
There are still threats to security on an international scale, but there is no doubt that the events of 14 years ago today have strengthened our resolve to never let it happen again.