A new automated border control system is now in operation in the Caribbean at Curacao International Airport.
The new system will speed up passenger processing as the airport traffic increases significantly, with self-service gates and real-time passenger data checks, including background screening and API.
The system, provided by Vision-Box, implements an intelligent Passenger Flow system with graphical interfaces for a user-friendly experience.
Other providers of automated border control systems across the world are also experiencing a surge in requirement of self-service and automated passenger processing and screening systems as the need for greater security increases. Improving passenger experience is also high on the list of priorities for international airports on a global scale.
The Brevard Zoo Oyster Reef Restoration project has benefited from the Rockwell Collins Green Communities program this year with a grant awarded to help with the continued provision of mats and tools to create an area that is now commonly known as the Rockwell Reef.
Green Communities helps organisations that operate in Rockwell Collins’ locale. Nominations are made by employees of Rockwell Collins, and the awards are given after consideration by a review committee.
Since 2004 the program has awarded almost $900,000 to local initiatives.
Metrojet, pioneering Hong Kong-based executive jet operator and maintenance provider, has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect to provide its international trip support and services for its fleet of business aircraft.
ARINCDirect’s international trip support delivers a holistic service including flight planning, contract fuel purchasing and even concierge services for its executive clients.
Metrojet’s CEO, Bjorn Naf said, “Metrojet is dedicated to upholding the highest standards and meeting our customer’s needs in the most professional and personal way possible. ARINCDirect services provides economies of scale and cost savings that benefit both our business and our customers.”
The contract is considered a major milestone for ARINCDirect in Hong Kong, and it looks ahead to growth for international trip support services in Asia.
The annual Aircraft Interiors Expo saw more than 14,000 visitors this year over its three-day airing in Hamburg, Germany.
The latest innovations in cabin connectivity were shown and discussed, in addition to some incredible interior designs.
Airlines and service providers were asking new questions this year, leading us to believe that in-flight connectivity, as a relatively new requirement for the cabin, is climbing higher on the list of priorities for passengers.
Rockwell Collins’ Jeff Standerski, senior VP, said that the term IFEC (In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity) should be referred to in the future as IFPE (In-Flight Passenger Engagement), demonstrating that the way we are thinking about cabin connectivity is changing.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Cabin Connect is certainly moving with the times, offering next-generation connectivity with support for personal electronic devices, and opportunities to increase in-flight revenue and enhance customer service with AirCrew Connect.
A joint venture has been agreed between British satellite company, Inmarsat, and Beijing’s Marine Communications and Navigation (MCN) to develop aircraft communications solutions for the cabin and the flight deck for the Chinese commercial aviation market.
Inmarsat’s latest offering, GX Aviation, will feature highly in the joint venture, providing in-flight connectivity solutions to give global coverage, as will SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S).
China’s aircraft passengers will soon be able to enjoy broadband at speeds comparable to the ground-based services, and will be able to use their personal mobile devices.
The agreement is expected to be finalised later this year.
The U.S. Senate have agreed to approve new airport security measures following the bombings at Brussels Airport, it has been announced.
As a part of its initiative to fund the FAA, the Senate bill will include an increase in airport perimeter security, increased measures to screen airport personnel and the additional presence of authority-trained dogs, as well as the introduction of random, unannounced security tests of security systems in airports.
The news is welcomed by the TSA, who will conduct random testing, and has recently introduced an increase of visibility for key security staff, and has approved the transfer of security officers from large airports to increase cover in smaller airports.
Providers of facility and airport security systems also welcome the changes, as the introduction of enhanced technology delivers effective means of increased surveillance and information management for relatively low investment in infrastructure.
The largest business aviation operator out of Hong Kong International Airport, Metrojet, will be celebrating 20 years of operation on 17th June 2017, an achievement which makes them proud, as pioneers according to Kitty Lau, the company’s senior marketing and product development executive.
Metrojet are among the few operators who provide maintenance and charter, in addition to projecting a group image of hospitality, coming from their roots as the aviation arm of the Peninsula Hotels Group, owned by Sir Michael Kadoorie.
The US Senate has begun to approve airport security measures, following discussions last Thursday.
The measures look to include an advanced system to screen airport personnel in the ‘Thune-Nelson anti-terrorism package’. Interestingly, it looks as though there will be a program for the donation of security equipment that is not needed, or surplus to requirements, to foreign airports that conduct direct flights to the US.
Over the past few years, there has been instances of security breaches by airport personnel, and the ramping up of security screening for airport workers will be a welcome addition to requirements. Also, there may be a significant increase in the presence of airport security teams, and an additional layer of security for aircraft cockpit entry.
Providers of security access and screening control systems, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AIM, who deliver solutions for airports and other critical facilities, welcome the decision, as the technology already exists to enhance airport security across the globe.
Discussions are yet to continue, with other subjects, such as the transportation of prisoners, and taxation titles still on the table.
Following the recent attacks in Europe, the UK and Ireland have agreed that Advance Passenger Information (API) will now be shared for all travellers between the two countries.
With nearly 4.5 million travellers moving between London and Dublin last year, just on flights, the air route can be marked as one of the world’s busiest.
The move is welcomed by groups who have campaigned for greater attention to this route, which has been cited as a possible route for extremists to travel before moving on to other territory.
Frances Fitzgerald, Acting Justice Minister, said, “It is a critical issue, not just for Ireland, but for all member states that they are in a position to strengthen border controls through the sharing of information on suspect passengers prior to their travel from one jurisdiction to another.”
As terror threats continue to increase across the world, API provision is becoming a growing requirement, enabling governments and border agencies to screen passengers in advance of travel.
Providers of the Advance Passenger Information System, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec, ensure that aviation message handling is reliable, with guaranteed delivery and security.
CPDLC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) gives operators enhanced efficiency and the opportunity to reduce operational costs with the ability to receive direct clearance from ATC. This Departure Clearance Functionality was tested this week in Kentucky by Universal Avionics using their Cessna Citation 7.
Increasing efficiency is critical both on the ground and on the flight deck, and minimising flight crew workload, saving time and reducing costs are high priorities on the agenda of many an operator.
The functionality test recorded clearance delivery in just 22 seconds at the FAA tech centre, and Universal Avionics announce their testing as a success.
Providers of CPDLC to supplement voice communications recognise the need for reliability, and prepare to ready the industry for compliance before the end of the decade.