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ISSUE April 2016

Airport investments to drive Middle East smart airports market to $850 million within three years

Smart Airports are set to revolutionise passenger experience as airports allocate higher budgets to expanding and adopting the latest smart technologies. Massive investments in the region, especially the UAE, will drive the Middle East smart airports market to cross US$850 million within the next three years.

A latest study by Technavio says the global market for smart airports is estimated to reach $13 billion by 2019, at a combined annual growth rate of 6 per cent.

From smart gates, beacon technology, mobile devices to navigate the airports and face recognition systems, to air traffic management, baggage and check in management, IP-based security monitoring, communications, ticketing, and information systems, freight operations information systems, air traffic management and airways analytics, airports worldwide are actively adopting new technologies.

The latest technologies and innovations that will change the way of future travel will be showcased at the 16th edition of the Airport Show, to be held from May 9-11.

The Airport Show 2016 will take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

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Honeywell Aerospace - Why Speed Alone Isn’t the Holy Grail in the Quest for a Better In-flight Wi-Fi Experience

For years, the concept of being connected to the internet while flying seemed like a futuristic pipe dream. Today, that pipe dream has turned into an expectation and more importantly, a demand that is influencing passenger buying habits.

This new passenger demand for better in-flight Wi-Fi came to a head recently when American Airlines, unhappy with the quality and breadth of service from its current provider Gogo, said it was potentially losing passengers because of bad Wi-Fi. In fact, American used data from a 2014 Honeywell survey that showed exactly this, that in-flight Wi-Fi availability influences flight selection for 66 percent of passengers and nearly one in four passengers have paid more for a flight with Wi-Fi and close to one in five switched from their preferred airline for better connectivity.

What was once a nice to have amenity has become a must-have service. And that boils down to this: if an airline isn’t offering “the best” in-flight connectivity possible, right now – it’s losing out on passengers and money.

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Oman Airports Management Company Select Lockheed Martin to Support Growth Plans

To support the ambitious growth plans of both Muscat and Salah International Airports as well as the national carrier, Oman Air, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) has agreed a 7 year contract with Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for its suite of BEONTRA forecasting solutions.

Having welcomed more than 10 million passengers to Muscat International airport in 2015, OAMC is on the way to achieving its vision of becoming a top 20 global airport by 2020 having demonstrated impressive 18% year on year growth.

OAMC will use the BEONTRA tools, B Tactical and B Strategic, to forecast and effectively manage the impact of this steep growth curve on both strategic planning and day-to-day operations and will help the airports generate accurate resource plans to ensure passenger experience is never compromised.

The BEONTRA suite will play a key role to support decision-making and will enable greater collaboration between the commercial and operational departments to optimize existing infrastructure.

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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs a memorandum of understanding with DP World

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DP World, aimed at developing an organizational framework on means of cooperation and coordination, and the exchange of information, scientific data and expertise, and human resources consistent with the UAE's strategy and public interest.

According to the MoU, MBRSC will assess and provide current and future requirements associated with remote sensing applications and satellite images for DP World, where the Centre is competent to approve and execute the specifications, standards and the technical requirements related to the satellites of MBRSC. Moreover, MBRSC will contribute in setting DP World’s need for applications related to designs for satellites under construction, as well as future ones.

The Centre will conduct studies that will identify DP World needs from satellite images from DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2, as well as future satellites for use in the application of the remote sensing, geographical analysis and in field of designs required by DP World that include surveillance of urban planning, distribution and classification of vegetation, water resources, environmental applications, shares control, pollution etc. MBRSC will provide the ports, upon need or demand, with multi-spectral satellite images, panchromatic images with high pixel resolution, and with coordinates system approved by DP World. On the other hand, DP World will provide MBRSC with survey and geographical data, provided that the latter helps complete a GIS database.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim signs two new aircraft management agreements

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of two new business jets. DCAF will operate the two new aircraft – a Bombardier Challenger 604 and a Gulfstream G200 – on behalf of the private owners.

This takes the total number of aircraft under management to four including two Bombardier Challenger 604 and one Gulfstream G200 and Bombardier Global XRS.

The management contracts will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport, in addition to providing maintenance services for the Challenger aircraft.

Holger Ostheimer, General Manager, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said: “We are extremely pleased with the continued interest from aircraft owners and operators seeking our expertise to manage their assets both commercially as well as under private operation. The contract with the Challenger aircraft also marks our entry in to the Charter business. These new agreements provide further evidence of our ability to deliver the highest service and quality standards to our VIP customers.”

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In the face of a slower global economic growth environment and increased volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 18th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2016 to 2020, roughly 400 helicopters lower than the 2015 five-year forecast.

“The current global economic situation is causing fleet managers to evaluate new helicopter purchases closely, and that’s why we’re seeing a more cautious five-year demand projection compared with previous years,” said Carey Smith, president, Defense and Space at Honeywell Aerospace. “Even in a slower growth environment, Honeywell is well-positioned to help operators keep current fleets lasting longer with aftermarket upgrades and repairs.”

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Key facts & figures on SESAR deployment

Tuesday 8 March, World ATM Congress, Madrid, Spain On the first day of the World ATM Congress, SESAR Deployment Manager kicks off with some key figures on deployment happening today. The Deployment Programme progress, which refers to the Implementation projects of the CEF Transport Call 2014 is on track. The activities performed by the Implementing Partners, within the respective projects, led to the achievement of actual results which are expected to bring tangible benefits to the aviation sector and, in general, to the community.

There are 84 implementation projects (of which 10 multi stakeholder) by 45 partners already running in 23 EU Members States and also 2 neighboring States. The 45 Implementing partners consist of 26 Air Navigation Service Providers, 13 Airport Operators, 5 Airspace Users and 1 MET Service Provider. All this is the true demonstration of Europe’s ATM industry willingness to invest in modernization and meet Single European Sky challenges. What is being implemented through SESAR Deployment Manager today, is the result of already more than 8 years of intense R&D work performed by SESAR Joint Undertaking.

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Entry Point North is now certified in accordance with the Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/340

On 26 February 2016 Entry Point North has completed the certification process of the training organisation in accordance with the Commission Regulation (EU) No 2015/340.

Being one of the first training organisations in Europe, the academy has successfully met all requirements for certification and is now fully licensed under the Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340. The certificate covers ATCO Initial Training – Basic and all Rating Training, Practical Instructor and Assessor Training. Moreover, Entry Point North has also obtained a new approval as Unit Training Organisation to provide and conduct Transitional Training.

The academy provides all ATC training according to the regulation already since September 2015 and at the moment all courses delivered are following the new requirements.

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FAB CE appoints Helios and Integra to run its Project Support Office

The Functional Airspace Block Central Europe (FAB CE) has taken significant steps forward towards meeting Single European Sky goals and Commission targets by establishing a joint venture limited company to manage its programme activities and appointing Helios and Integra to run its Project Support Office.

The joint venture limited company FCE (FAB CE Aviation Services Ltd) is only the second of its kind in Europe and is tasked with implementing agreed priority programmes spanning harmonisation of airspace and operations, business planning, technical harmonisation and common procurement. The Project Support Office is a vital enabler to FCE’s work, helping to align it to Single European Sky and SESAR requirements, coordinate actions and track progress.

The FCE sees joint procurement as a way to reduce costs for ANSPs; early targets include common procurement of communications components, and other options are also being explored.

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BAE Systems’ Ideagen-sponsored event described as “huge success”

A FLIGHT Safety and integrity event organised by BAE Systems and part-sponsored by software firm Ideagen has been described as a “huge success”.

Around 40 delegates attended the Regional Aircraft Flight Operations Support 2016 conference which took place over two days close to Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

The purpose of the event was to bring airline operators and service providers together to discuss improving flight safety and integrity as well as other issues affecting the aviation sector.

Presentations this year included addresses from Swiss Global Airlines and Malmo Airlines as well as an assessment of flight safety data throughout the previous twelve months.

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