The Singapore Airshow saw a new cyber security solution launched by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd this year, designed to tighten security around air traffic, aircraft systems and avionics, in addition to IT infrastructure.
The company, who have experience in civil aviation and in cyber security, have launched the new solution at the right time, with today’s growing threat of cyberspace terrorism sweeping the globe.
Cyber security providers are recognising a critical need for the creation of a holistic approach to strengthening infrastructure security across the entire aviation environment, including airports, IT systems, airlines, manufacturers and aircraft.
As a part of the NextGen initiative, the text messaging capabilities of aircraft data link – CPLDC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) – are being hailed as the way forward in the bid to eradicate the use of voice communications for the transmission of critical aircraft communications such as weather data, position reporting and other ATC operational messages.
Under the new initiative, pilots will be able to ‘accept’ messaging over text, without the need to make a verbal or data-based response.
The NextGen initiative is designed to improve aircraft communications with the simplification of messaging, avoiding misinterpretation, and standardising messaging protocols on the flight deck.
Gulfstream has announced that the first of their three flight-test G500 aircraft has completed flutter testing, logging more than 320 hours over 50 flights. The longest flight reached five hours, achieved an altitude of 53,000 feet and reached a maximum speed of Mach .999.
Entry into service is expected in 2018, with the FAA and EASA certification process planned for 2017.
Testing will continue with air data system tests, performance, including brakes and handling, flight controls and field testing.
Airlines and operators today enjoy the enhanced benefits of network connectivity, reaping rewards such as increased operational efficiency, situational awareness and passenger satisfaction as processing and data transfer continues to streamline passenger processing.
However, there are still concerns in the industry over security measures, with risks increasing in terms of infiltration, or hacking, of critical airport systems infrastructure.
To ensure comprehensive security across an entire infrastructure, these challenges can be addressed with implementation of reliable network services, such as the use of a Wide Area Network (WAN). Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet WAN, for example, gives airlines and operators secure access to a system that has been in operation for more than 50 years, operating seamlessly with airport systems such as the proven vMUSE platform.
vMUSE is a well-known platform, handling applications for back-office, baggage handling, passenger processing and aircraft communications.
Dealing with aviation network security challenges is an important part of airport operations to ensure aircraft and passenger safety across the globe.
A protest is ongoing by representatives of 15 non-commercial aviation groups against the FAA plans to privatise much of the U.S.’ air traffic control systems.
Plans by the FAA to set up an agency run outside the government have already been proposed and are expected to be debated in Congress in the first quarter of this year.
Despite claims that privatisation in Canada and Europe has proved successful, the aviation community is airing concerns over fee issues and are pleading with lawmakers to carefully assess the benefits of a new system under ‘foreign’ control.
Arizona-based Associated Air Centre, an aircraft maintenance and modification specialist, has been granted FAA STC for its Boeing VIP business jet, giving the go-ahead for CPDLC installation.
CPDLC is a part of the requirement for FANS compliance, and is being much discussed in the industry in terms of the benefits for flight deck communications around the world, weighed with the additional burden of cost implications.
Regardless, the mandates are forging ahead with plans for completion in 2020 – an extension of the previous 2016 deadline.
Providers of Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) systems around the globe are hailing CPDLC as the only answer to safety in the skies as burgeoning air traffic numbers continue to rise year-on-year.
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.
All over the world the face of airport operations is changing – from security to check-in – and operators are looking to the latest innovations in technology to further enhance efficiency throughout the airport environment.
The complex sector of IT infrastructure is not overlooked, as the self-service revolution intensifies and even more systems need to communicate with one another, and recognise biometric data of passengers and personnel.
The largest airport technology and systems providers are constantly updating their solutions to give airports exactly what they need to operate at the optimum efficiency. What is needed is a robust IT infrastructure to handle the millions of pieces of data that pass through airport systems every day.