Airlines for Europe (A4E) in in the final stages of preparation as the expected launch date of mid-January approaches.
Air France-KLM, easyjet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair, Europe’s five biggest airline groups, have partnered to campaign about European aviation policies.
The new airline association began their plans in June this year, after more than 2 years of discussions, and have timed their launch date to correspond with a Dutch aviation summit to be held in Amsterdam (20-21st).
A4E aim to focus their intentions in accord, promising to ‘agree a position and be very loud on it’.
Cybersecurity is a hot, and much debated topic. This is not new news, as the integrity of software solutions, hardware and aircraft communications systems, particularly onboard small, private aircraft has been discussed by operators and hackers alike.
The U.S. and European aviation authorities, although in agreement about the need to improve standards, are experiencing a divided opinion about the methods to employ to combat potential attacks to cybersecurity.
Most of the discord seems to stem from the regulatory standards about the size of aircraft, and the scope of regulations to be applied. The U.S. FAA wants to impose standard for large aircraft, and fear that U.S. companies will find it difficult to sell flight management systems in Europe.
European officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) believe that all aircraft, regardless of size or operational scope, should be subject to the same cybersecurity regulations.
The FAA has been tasked with the creation of a panel to discuss and propose new regulatory standards by the middle of next year.
Cybersecurity is increasing in importance since the spate of infiltrations last year of digital aviation systems. Aviation cybersecurity solutions providers maintain that reliable security systems can protect vital infrastructure in addition to the provision of physical security. It seems that both are equally important as potential threats continue to increase around the world.
Most of us realise that mobile technology is the future of communications and we see it everywhere we look. Passengers on aircraft are beginning to demand mobile functionality to continue telling our friends, family and neighbours about our great flight. Providers are finding themselves under pressure to decrease costs and increase speeds.
Now we see that passengers are not the only ones using mobile devices to improve the cabin experience. Cabin crew can now get access to passenger data in real-time, which is enabling them to increase levels of customer service like never before.
Providers of the tech and solutions, such as Rockwell Collins with their ARINC Cabin Connect suite offer solutions for both the cabin and the flight deck utilising the same hardware. Soon, with comparable ground-speeds, boarding the aircraft and using the mobile device will be the same as sitting at home or in the office.
Satcom Direct has announced the validation of its business aviation passenger communications via Inmarsat services over the latest 5F-1 satellite for Jet ConneX.
Inmarsat Jet ConneX promises to deliver enhanced capabilities for the world’s business aircraft passengers as demands increase for connectivity.
Other providers of Inmarsat services exclusively for business aircraft, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect, look forward to providing their customers with the ability to use personal devices from their seats in the aircraft with superfast speeds comparable to those on the ground.
The Nigerian Business Aviation Conference (NBAC) hosted in Lagos, has announced a change in schedule. The 2016 NBAC will be held over 17th and 18th March.
NBAC, targeted at current business jet owners, or those intending to purchase an aircraft, aims to raise awareness of the industry in Nigeria – a swiftly-expanding sector in the country.
Attending the conference will be aircraft manufacturers, customs officials and aviation ministry members, and discussions will be held spanning all subjects from industry regulatory measures to the establishment of a firm business aviation industry to adapt to the rising demand for aircraft.
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Mission critical communications in airports is an essential part of operations, securely delivering and receiving aviation messaging such as accident management, personnel communications, ATS and passenger information.
Reliable, on-the-ground messaging within the airport environment, or from business-to-business, can mean the difference between efficient operational productivity, or costly ground delays. Mission critical communications providers around the world rely on messaging networks to deliver these transmissions swiftly and securely, often using Type B protocols.
Miami International Airport has selected Everbridge to provide their system upgrades to assist and improve incident response times and minimise errors within their messaging environment.
David Cameron has urged the European Parliament to approve a directive to enable Passenger Name Record (PNR) data sharing across the EU nations. The deal, which was agreed in principle last month, will, according to the UK Prime Minister, provide an ‘important tool in combatting terrorism and serious crime’.
PNR data contains passenger flight details such as names, seat numbers, ticket payment information and flight dates. Passenger data exchange is securely transmitted and permitted for use only for security purposes.
The head of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), has called for new measures to strengthen the country’s systems and processes for Air Traffic Management (ATM) and physical airports security, with surveillance as a priority.
Mr Abdulsalam has called upon airspace management at the Airspace Managers’ Forum recently held in Kaduna State, to upscale vigilance over the holiday period, when traffic inevitably increases.
Recently, the country’s airspace management teams have worked towards the digitalisation of air traffic control with the implementation of additional towers, ADS-C and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) to address the next-generation global standards for air traffic management.
CPDLC standards are being globally addressed to provide a unification of flight deck communications in order to raise the quality of messaging and ultimately strengthen safety.
It has been announced that Abu Dhabi International is to upgrade the airport baggage handling system as a part of its initiative to expand passenger capacity.
A new baggage conveyor will be installed and infrastructure will be improved in order to handle an expected increase in passenger numbers over the next few years.
Siemens have been selected to install the new baggage handling system by the Abu Dhabi Airports commission and work is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2016.
Other providers of airport baggage handling systems across the world look to the latest technology to expand airports capacity, including the latest self-service check-in and bag drop desks from Rockwell Collins.
The UK’s Home Office has been openly criticised this week over the e-borders scheme, which was besieged by problems since it was launched in 2003, last year ending its current form, which proved to be completely ineffective.
The borders scheme, costing around £830 million originally intended to collect passenger data and perform analysis on all travellers arriving at and leaving the UK’s airports and seaports.
Many of the criticisms are regarding not only the spending acceleration of the project, but also its failure to meet its targets, with an estimated 20% of booking data being collected, compared to the 100% original target figure. Advance Passenger Information collection in September of this year was at 86%.
The original contract for the provision of the e-borders technology was cancelled, and a subsequent £150 million settlement was paid out-of-court.
While the system has been upgraded, the original e-borders scheme is way overdue, with an estimated completion date now set at around 2019, eight years past the intended deadline.
E-borders technology improvements all over the world are proving successful in the ability to track the movements of terror suspects and to minimise the risks to national security. The latest developments offer solutions using biometric data and self check in.
The UK Home Office maintain that despite the delays and problems with the implementation of the new e-borders system, all arrivals on UK shores are checked against national watch lists.