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ISSUE May 2016

Strong international participation in Airport Show 2016, to feature 7 dedicated country pavilions

The 16th edition of the Airport Show will have a strong international representation with seven dedicated country pavilions for global exhibitors to showcase and launch their products, services and solutions.

The 3-day event, the largest aviation show in the region is being held 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, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 9-11.

Germany will have the largest participation with more than 40 exhibitors showcasing in the exclusive Germany Pavilion, in addition to six pavilions dedicated to aviation players from France, Switzerland, UK, China, Italy and North America. Exhibitors from more than 30 countries are participating in Airport Show 2016.

Daniyal Qureshi, Director of Airport Show at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, the organisers, said: “The international participation in this edition of the Airport Show is the largest ever and it clearly reflects the growing interest of global aviation players in the booming Middle East aviation industry. A larger international representation also adds value to the Airport Show where regional participants, who are keen on exploring cutting-edge technologies, which will be offered by international exhibitors, get an opportunity to acquire the best to meet the current and future needs for exceptional aviation infrastructure.”

With global passenger numbers expected to rise to 7.3 billion by 2034, aviation industry players are keen on exploring the latest technologies and solutions to offer seamless travel experience to passengers while maintaining an infallible security at the same time. Larger international participation helps aviation industry players network and explore the best available international technologies they can implement according to their requirement.

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Munich’s new satellite terminal takes off perfectly

Munich Airport's new satellite terminal got off to a smooth start yesterday. In its first day of operation, the facility handled a total of 20,000 passengers booked on 140 flights. All take-offs and landings were punctual.

On hand at the departure gate yesterday to greet passengers on flight LH 1840 to Rome were Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh and Burkhard Feuge, Lufthansa's station director in Munich. The reason for this special attention: LH 1840 was the first flight departing from Munich Airport's new satellite terminal. The passengers on the maiden flight were treated to the sounds of a traditional Bavarian brass band, and small gifts by Munich Airport and Lufthansa, who will operate the new satellite building on a 60:40 basis, as is already the case with Terminal 2.

Docking at the satellite pier at 05:07 am was the first arriving aircraft at the new facility: the Lufthansa Airbus A340 with flight number LH 731 from Hong Kong.

Passengers were especially impressed by the spacious halls flooded with natural light, and the central marketplaces with their attractive dining and shopping options. Starting today, passengers not departing from the satellite can get a glimpse of the new facility. All passengers with a valid boarding card will have access to the underground personal transport system connecting Terminal 2 to the satellite. With the new facility, the capacity of Terminal 2, which is used by both Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partner airlines, has increased by 11 million to a total of 36 million passengers per year. As one of the most modern airport buildings world-wide, the terminal will offer its guests a pleasant atmosphere with light-flooded open spaces and a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Passengers will also have five new Lufthansa lounges at their disposal.

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Honeywell Aviaso (NYSE: HON) has been selected by Etihad Airways to provide its Fuel Efficiency Software to provide the Abu Dhabi-based airline with post-flight analysis from a variety of its data sources to uncover opportunities for fuel savings and measure the effectiveness of fuel-efficiency initiatives already in place. The software can also be used by the airline for EU emissions trading system reporting.

“Fuel-management services are a critical part of the modern global aviation industry, and we are delighted to work closely with Etihad Airways to help deliver fuel-efficiency savings,” said Jason Wissink, sales director, Honeywell Aviaso. “The flexibility of the Honeywell Aviaso Fuel Efficiency Software to integrate with systems already in place at Etihad Airways will enable a fast deployment and the ability to support future fleet growth.”

Implementation of the software system has already begun, and Etihad Airways’ partner airlines will also deploy the solution in 2016. In addition, Etihad Airways plans to implement more fuel-efficiency initiatives based on the analysis performed by the software. The Honeywell Aviaso software will support the carrier in monitoring existing fuel-efficiency initiatives as well as discovering new opportunities for fuel savings.

“Etihad Airways is committed to adopting best practices across the airline’s business, including the latest technology to further develop our fuel-efficient operations,” said Richard Hill, chief operations officer, Etihad Airways. “We are delighted to work with Honeywell Aviaso to enhance our already robust flight operational management systems, which are vital for greater performance efficiencies across our fleet.”

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The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre monitors the changes Dubai coastline landscape witnessed between 2009 and 2015

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the results of conducting an analytical study to monitor the changes on Dubai coastlines during varying periods between 2009 and 2015. The study covered the natural geographical and human changes the Dubai coastline witnessed, from Al Mamzar Beach Park to the Dubai Waterfront Project and the Arabian Canal. This study classified the land attached to the coast, and identified the expansion and the partial and total erosion ratios. The study aims to calculate the length of the Dubai coast in 2015 and provide an estimated futuristic vision of the coastline.

The study divided the Dubai coastline into eight zones (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) and showed a partial expansion in different parts of the coast at about 6%, due to a number of vital projects taking place in the emirate, such as the completion of Al Mamzar Corniche Beach, the 1000 metre-long project, Jumeirah Bay Island, Jumeirah One Beach (1380 metres) renovation project and Pearl Jumeirah, as well as the Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 Beach upgrade project, Bluewaters Island and the Dubai Water Canal project. The study showed the construction of a number of breakwaters in order to protect the coast from medium-high waves, in addition to the construction of sand barriers in order to stop coastal erosion and sediment transport and to preserve the coast.

The study relied on the use of satellite images of Dubai coastline: (a) image captured by DubaiSat-1 in 2009 at a resolution of 2.5 metres, (b) an aerial image of the area captured in 2011 at a resolution of 0.5 metres (from Dubai Municipality) and (c) image captured by DubaiSat-2 in 2015 at a resolution of 1 metre. To conduct the study, the resolution degree of the used images was unified, so that all the images had a resolution of 2.5 metres in order to maintain the same scale ratio, which is one of the most important success factors of the study that is based on comparison and analysis.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives GCAA CAR145 approval

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has received CAR145 approval from UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority for providing maintenance services for the Bombardier Global Express and Challenger 604/605 type aircraft.

“This is a major milestone for DCAF as it means we are now in a position to provide comprehensive maintenance services to our fleet of managed aircraft,” said Michael Lindgren, Director Maintenance at DC Aviation Al-Futtaim. “The UAE CAR145 further reiterates our commitment to meeting the highest quality standards and processes to ensure that our customers and their assets are safe and secure.”

In addition the CAR145 also provides approval to DCAF for a battery shop and service fire protection equipment.

DCAF now offers line maintenance support to customers operating the Airbus 320 family, Bombardier Global Express, the Challenger 604/605 in addition to the Global 6000 and Global 5000 Vision Flight Deck aircraft types with maintenance performed in a 5,700 square metre dedicated hangar – the only business jet hangar at Al Maktoum International Airport. As part of DCAF’s expansion an additional 6,800 square metre of hangar space will be completed by Q1 2017.

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ADEC, Boeing, and Mubadala launch afterschool program for UAE Youth

Boeing (NYSE: BA), the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi based investment and development company, have partnered to bring the Curiosity Machine, an engineering focused design program, to the UAE.

The Curiosity Machine programs teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning through hands-on engineering design challenges, each of which presents fundamental science or engineering concepts and asks students to use simple materials to come up with possible solutions.

“Through the coordinated development of interactive and educational programs, with our partners ADEC and Boeing, we are bringing best-in-class training tools to our local schools. The program promotes the collaborative process between teachers and parents, encouraging them to take a more active role in their children’s education,” said Homaid Al Shimmari, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mubadala. “The Curiosity Machine is an excellent program that is in line with our broader efforts to encourage UAE youth to explore future studies and careers in aerospace and engineering fields, and facilitates the building of a knowledge based economy for the UAE.”

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Lockheed Martin, Babson Global and KAEC Support New College for Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia

Three leading entities have joined to create an elite educational institution located at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia and modeled after Babson College’s top-ranked entrepreneurship education programs in the United States.

Babson Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babson College; Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT); King Abdullah Economic City; and the Saudi Arabia Economic Offset Program (EOP) office announced the project today during the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education’s International Exhibition and Forum for Education (IEFE).

The College for Business and Entrepreneurship at KAEC project is aligned with the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for the Kingdom to become a leading knowledge-based economy by advancing education, entrepreneurial skills and helping establish the next generation of job creators. Its development by KAEC, the owner of the facility, is part of a comprehensive entrepreneurship ecosystem within the new city to foster the next generation of job creators.

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Middle East airports invest heavily in technology for enhanced security

As the Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic, airports in the region are investing millions of dollars toward airport technology and system upgrades to ensure seamless passenger experience alongwith security.

According to IATA, the Middle East will grow strongly and see an additional 237 million passengers a year by 2034 and the global trade association estimates the total market size will be 383 million passengers. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) leads aviation growth in the region.

To effectively handle the rapid growth, airports are increasingly focusing on investing in smart technology to effectively handle large passenger volumes, while ensuring security at the same time.

Mohammed Ahli, Director General, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said: “As the aviation industry continues to grow and become more complex, it is important that we reinforce an effective, transparent and honest safety culture.”

Dubai International, already the world’s number one for handling international passenger volumes, is fast moving toward becoming the world’s busiest airport and as per the ACI’s preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in 2015, it has been ranked third globally with 78 million passengers handled last year, up from sixth in 2014.

Major General Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, said: “At the Dubai Airports, we are using the latest smart technology which is recognised as the most efficient and advanced from security point of view. The number of international passengers is rapidly increasing and is estimated to cross 7 billion by 2030 and according to IATA this presents its own set of challenges. We must ensure that we are able to handle the numbers without compromising on security.

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Helios selected to advise on Remote Tower feasibility at Dublin airport

Aviation consultancy Helios has been engaged by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to assess the operational and technical feasibility of implementing a remote tower solution to provide ATC services to a dual runway operation at Dublin airport.

Dublin airport has achieved significant traffic growth over the past few years and is considering meeting ongoing growth with the construction of a second parallel runway. Amongst the associated airport infrastructure that will be required for this runway is the deployment of a new Air Traffic Control tower.

The IAA was already granted planning permission for the development of a new 86.9m high tower in 2007. However, recent developments in the field of Remote Tower technology have raised the possibility for an alternative to the conventional tower, making this concept more viable for larger operations.

Helios will recommend whether to proceed with a new visual control tower, or to deploy a remote tower solution. As part of the study, Helios is considering all aspects of ATM including safety, human factors, regulatory approval, technical requirements and operations. Stakeholder workshops will be held with the main actors in Irish aviation to ensure a transparent decision-making process.

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AeroGround Berlin GmbH is the new ground handling partner of Norwegian

AeroGround Berlin GmbH, a subsidiary of AeroGround Flughafen München GmbH, took on the aircraft and passenger handling services for Norwegian at the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport from the start of the summer schedule on 27 March 2016.

The central sales department signed a long-term handling contract with the Norwegian budget airline. The services include the loading and unloading of aircraft, baggage and transport handling as well as the passenger services, including check-in, lost and found and ticketing. The airline connects Schönefeld with numerous short, medium and long-haul destinations seven times a day on average using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Norwegian is the third-largest airline operating at the airport.

Founded in Norway in 1993, Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the United States and Southeast Asia. With 440 routes to 132 destinations, Norwegian has a fleet of 104 aircraft with an average age of only four years and 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. The airline employs approximately 5,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Estonia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the US and Thailand.

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Thales selected by Airbus as Lead Supplier for High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) Systems

Thales has been selected by Airbus as Lead Supplier for HBC solutions to be deployed on A320, A330 and A380 aircrafts in linefit and retrofit mode.

Thales’ High Bandwidth Connectivity solutions will provide passengers the bandwidth they need to enrich their travel experience and airlines with the connectivity solution that satisfies their operational requirements.

This selection is an important milestone in the long-standing relationship between Airbus and Thales. In addition to the already selectable GX Connectivity solution for A350s, this agreement enables Thales to become linefit offerable for connectivity products and related VAR services on all legacy Airbus platforms, today and in the future.

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Arconics Unveils AeroDocs Enterprise, Nextgen Airline Document and Compliance Management Software

Aviation software company Arconics reveals its nextgen document and compliance management software at AIX 2016.

AeroDocs Enterprise - Collaborative XML authoring, controlled digital document distribution, compliance management, enterprise security. A module of our Connected Aircraft Platform, the hardware-agnostic software solution for airlines that delivers the best user experience in the cockpit (EFB and document viewing), in the cabin (wireless IFE) and in Ops Control (document and manual authoring distribution).

The ultimate nextgen document creation and management solution is the leading choice for airlines that demand the the highest standards of consistency and compliance across the enterprise, and into the paperless cockpit. AeroDocs has been specifically developed for airlines that want to implement a controlled document authoring distribution system across the organisation, with complex workflow, user management and security needs. AeroDocs Enterprise harnesses the power of the nextgen digital document format, XML. The advanced Author module enables the fast creation of complex documents in XML format. Collaboration and consistency are integral and everything is so easy to control. The AeroDocs Distributor module delivers XML manuals and documents, and also distributes PDFs generated from any source. Regulatory compliance is made easy by nextgen AeroDocs, which has advanced regulation-tracking functionality as well as detailed workflow records and audit trails. AeroDocs manages the controlled distribution of documents to the correct people and groups. All distribution actions are stored for audit purposes. Integral to this solution is the world-leading AeroDocs Viewer, which enables fast viewing of controlled documents on iPad and Windows Surface tablet (web viewer also available).

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