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ISSUE June 2016

Honeywell Exclusive Interview: Sonja Strand, General Manager, Global Airports Business at Honeywell and Raghu Seelamonthula, Technical Sales Director, Airport Business at Honeywell - By Aviation Technology

Air traffic is witnessing a significant increase every year, how can Honeywell contribute to achieve smooth traffic flow at airports?

Sonja Strand - Honeywell has a unique position in the aviation industry because we provide technology and support to a wide array of stakeholders, from airports and air navigation service providers to aircraft manufacturers and airline operators. Because of this wide exposure, we’re very familiar with the industry’s challenges and requirements, and use this position when developing solutions to solve challenges such as air traffic flow at airports.

In terms of our specific technologies to help achieve smoother traffic flow at airport, we have developed and implemented multiple systems for runways and taxiways that guide pilots and ensure aircraft reach the runway or gate quickly but also in a way that’s safe and smart.

One example of a smart airport system is our ‘Follow the Greens’ technology that was recently implemented at Dubai International. The system guides the aircraft from the runway through to the taxiway or vice-versa using green lights that help pilots safely navigate through the airport's complex network of taxiways, even in the case of reduced visibility.

Another smart system from Honeywell is the docking guidance system which provides higher gate efficiency, as it guarantees automatic and precise guidance for aircraft along the guidance line, to its final parking position at the gate.

We also have our ground-based augmentation system (GBAS), a satellite-based precision landing system designed to increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays. It also reduces operating costs for both the aircraft operator and air navigation service providers.

Raghu Seelamonthula - Our work with air navigation service providers, airline operators, ground handling operators, and airport operators enables us to have the ability to connect all of the entities together. If you take the Middle East as an example, there is a lot of airspace congestion and the need for expansion among capacity constrained airports is high. Honeywell technologies play a key role in ensuring that air traffic is kept smooth.

As a manufacturer of GBAS that mainly depends on Satellite Communication, are all aircrafts equipped with the required avionics to communicate with GBAS system?

Raghu Seelamonthula - At this point of time, almost 4,000 aircraft are equipped with the GLS option. It depends on the airline operator as well as the purchase options. For newer aircraft such as like Boeing 787, Boeing 737 Max, Airbus A380, Airbus A350, and Airbus A320, GLS is a standard option. If the aircraft operators have purchased this option, then they will have access to the GLS feature. The new aircraft coming to the market now, are all equipped with the GLS option.

For the aircrafts that are already on the ground, there are multiple options available to buy from aircraft manufacturers. We are developing integrated multi-mode receivers that can be fitted in all aircraft types, meaning that there is an option for most aircrafts to become GLS enabled if they aren’t already.

Middle East will host two major events in the coming few years, Dubai Expo 2020 and Qatar World Cup 2022, how can Honeywell help ANSPs to increase capacity and safety?

Sonja Strand - As you know, Middle Eastern airports are usually very innovative and are always looking for new technologies to improve the passenger experience and to increase traffic flow. Honeywell is able to play a key role here. We usually partner with our customers and work with them to help them expand and realize their goals by bringing in new and innovative technologies. Alternatively, we integrate solutions provided by third parties to meet the needs and expectations of our customers.

For Dubai Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022, the key is how to improve traffic flow, while maintaining safety and increasing capacity, and we are continuously working with our partners to ensure they have the right technology at their disposal.

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Bespoke partnership between Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Emirates Aviation University to provide technical academic programs in Aviation

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority,Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) and Emirates Aviation University (EAU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that highlights the beginning of a long term strategic partnership between all entities,aimed at training and developing human resources, as well as providing full-fledged technical academic programs for students and professionals in the Aviation sector.

The MOUs were signed by H.E.Mohammed A.Ahli, the Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services, and Dr.Ahmed AlAli, the Vice Chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, in the presence of representatives from both entities.

The agreement signed between DCAA and EAU entails collaboration on several fronts that include designing joint training courses, participation in conferences and educational seminars held by both entities, in addition to collaborating on educational and joint research initiatives . DCAA will be supporting the universities’ training program through providing training programs for students affiliated to the latter. Where as EAU will be providing special rates to DCAA employees and their families seeking to pursue their education with the university.

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Topsystem Systemhaus GmbH showcases new features at the Dubai Airport Show 2016

From 08-11 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre companies from all around the world met with decision makers from the aviation industry. The Airport Show Dubai featured over 300 exhibitors from over 55 countries, showcasing some of the most advanced products and technologies in ground handling, air traffic management, security, construction and smart technologies. The show was attended by over 7,500 aviation professionals and offered an extensive preview of some of the region’s most impressive aviation developments.

Following the innovation theme of the show in the last few years, topsystem Systemhaus GmbH also presented its top products: the Ground Handling System (GHS) and the Electronic Cargo Handling System (ECHOS). The tradeshow visitors were impressed with the versatility of the company’s solutions and their many benefits, such as their centrally installed database and server, as well as their flexible web-based modular structure.

Topsystem’s Ground Handling System (GHS) and Electronic Cargo Handling System (ECHOS) are both flexible and customizable to every customer need. Saving time and money through process optimization, as well as a high security and lower error rates are the pivotal advantages of implementing the solutions. Furthermore a paperless workflow, automatic data transfer and seamless cooperation between systems are guaranteed with topsystem’s GHS and ECHOS.

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Successful Participation for skyguide at the Dubai Airport Show 2016

The show was successful for skyguide. Many visitors passed by the skyguide booth and the main questions was always: "What are the major challenges for airports today"?

The challenges may vary depending on airport operations. However, they will certainly include cost pressures, capacity, compliance with regulations, minimising the environmental impact and, for some, accessibility. All these challenges have to be addresses without compromising safety. The majority of airports have limited or no capacity to innovate, as a lot of time and effort is required just to comply with new regulations and adopt technologies that provide operational benefit.

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Saab and ERA in Cooperation on Radar Technologies

Defence and security company Saab and the Czech producer of surveillance systems ERA would like to announce the signing of an agreement for future cooperation in research and development of Air Surveillance and Air Defence technologies.

This agreement involves a strategic partnership between Saab and ERA Pardubice regarding the research and development of active and passive Air Surveillance systems to be used in Air Defence solutions, which would have significant export potential.

“We recognise ERA as a high-tech company with unique experience in passive surveillance and system integration. We believe that our close cooperation will significantly enhance the surveillance and Air Defence capabilities of our potential customers,” says Krasimira Stoyanova, head of Saab in Central Europe.

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Airport Show-2016 a resounding success, concludes with record attendees

The 16th edition of the Airport Show proved to be the most successful by far with exhibitors reporting a record number of potential business deals and more than 7,500 attendees from the aviation industry worldwide.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said the success of the Airport Show is a reflection of the strength and importance of Middle East aviation market for global players.

“The Airport Show has seen double-digit growth this year reflecting the strong interest and an unwavering global confidence in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, which is making significant investments in the sector, actively embracing latest technological innovations, and opening doors of tremendous opportunities for global industry players.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim and UAS International Trip Support Enter Strategic Ground Handling Agreement

Global ITP UAS International Trip Support and business jet operator DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) have entered an agreement to provide ground handling.

UAS appointed DCAF as their preferred ground handler to provide hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) located at Dubai South.

DCAF is the only integrated hangar and VVIP lounge facility in Dubai South providing the highest levels of comfort and privacy. Due to the FBO’s unique location at OMDW, there is minimal distance from drop-off to the aircraft steps thereby ensuring UAS clients benefit from the highest levels of convenience while arriving or departing. Additionally, DCAF also provides aircraft management, maintenance, FBO and ground handling services as well as business jet charter.

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QCAA accepts recording and investigation solution with DIVOS

In late 2015, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) awarded Frequentis the contract to provide recording and investigation for its air traffic control tower at Al Khor Airport, which is now equipped with the Frequentis market-leading voice recording solution DIVOS 3 log. QCAA has been utilising Frequentis voice communication systems since 1998; this contract award reinforces their trust in the company’s innovative and proven voice communication and investigation solutions.

Located in the south of Al Khor in the State of Qatar, the airport is mostly used by General Aviation aircrafts. The Frequentis solution provides a reliable and holistic evaluation of safety-related airborne situations and mission-critical audio data, utilising the DIVOS 3 log system. The deployment period from contract award to site acceptance took only four months.

Frequentis DIVOS 3 log is more than just a recording system. Developed to respond to the needs of mission-critical environments in the ATM domain, it provides a unique platform combining communica­tion and automation data. The solution enables synchronised analysis of all relevant data such as voice, screen, radar and any other information of interest. Virtualisation capabilities and the integration with the Frequentis communication and automation portfolio further increases availability and function­ality while reducing total cost of ownership. Thus by enabling the use of shared hardware components, as well as lowering installation and maintenance costs.

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Intelligent trolley offers enhanced security at airports

Denmark-based Exruptive, developer of innovative integrated solutions for optimising security at airports, and an associate company of Dubai-based emaratech, has showcased the next generation airport security and commercial platform at the 16th Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

The innovation company has introduced Intelligent Trolley and Trolley Security Scanner at the airport show aimed at airports to offer improved security at lower cost, better flow and increased revenue and efficiency in airport commercial areas.

“The smart trolley is introduced to enable airports to generate non-aeronautical revenue and profit,” said Morten Pankoke, Chief Operating Officer of Exruptive.

The trolley allows passengers to power their personal devices, acts as real-time way finding device in the airport via an interactive 3D-map. For flight and gate information, the device updates the information on a real-time basis and keeps the passengers updated at all times.

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Canon targets aviation sector with new network cameras

Reinforcing our commitment to the security and surveillance market in the region, Canon Middle East showcased some of its Network Visual Solutions at the 15th Airport Show that took place in Dubai starting from 9th to 11th May.

At the show, Canon unveiled two new low light network security cameras - indoor pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) VB-M50B, and indoor fixed dome VB-H651V. Both the cameras include new features that help to ensure high quality images, even in challenging low light conditions. These new cameras are suited for a range of scenarios requiring round-the-clock surveillance, including critical infrastructure facilities, retail, commercial buildings and urban surveillance.

Both models include a new graphical user interface (GUI) and dedicated embedded Mobile Viewer to support multiple browsers and mobile devices, designed to offer installers and end-users improved compatibility and manageability.

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French company introduces Navya ARMA, a driverless shuttle, at the Airport Show 2016

Airports in the region could soon be using driverless electric shuttles to transport passengers and their luggage.

Navya ARMA, a 100 per cent electric and intelligent driverless shuttle, introduced for the first ever time in the Middle East at the Airport Show 2016, can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 45 km/h.

Navya, the French company which has conceptualised and manufactured the vehicle, is keen on introducing the shuttle at airports across the Middle East region.

Quentin CURTIS, Middle East Representative, Navya, said: “We have received a very encouraging response at the Airport Show to Navya ARMA and we are very eager to introduce this transport vehicle in this region. The region, especially Dubai, is very active when it comes to implementing the latest smart technology. In addition to that, there are many airport projects which are ongoing and in the pipeline, which brings tremendous opportunity for innovative solutions such as the driverless vehicle.”

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Entry Point North performs ACS-ADI Assessment Centre at Croatia Control

During May 2016 Entry Point North successfully ran an Assessment centre for 15 future ACS and ADI air traffic controllers of Croatia Control. The objective of the assessment was to select and assign the most suitable student profiles for the coming ACS and ADI Rating training in order to maximise the success rate of the subsequent training.

Prior to the assessment, all 15 students had already successfully completed Basic ATM training in Zagreb. The participants were divided into 2 groups and the assessment took place over 5 days. The students received theoretical lessons combined with intensive Radar and Tower hands-on simulator exercises followed by a specially designed questionnaire. The practical training was performed using an Entry Point North mobile simulator solution which was shipped to Croatia for this specific assessment programme. At the end of the programme, the students were carefully assessed and profiled by Entry Point North ATC training experts in cooperation with ATC instructors from Croatia Control.

The unique and extensive Assessment centre programme is developed by Entry Point North and is based on its considerable experience in ATCO selection and the delivery of controller training courses worldwide.

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Bombardier WAVE High-speed Ka-band Wi-Fi Service for Global 5000 and Global 6000 Aircraft Receives Transport Canada Certification

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) ultra-high-speed in-flight connectivity and productivity solution has been awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC).

The new system, which allows business aviation passengers to browse the Internet, stream online media and stage a videoconference high above land and water as seamlessly as they would at home or in the office, is now available as an option for new Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft customers and will also be offered as an upgrade option on Global aircraft currently in service.

The certification was achieved following extensive flight hours and rigorous tests aboard Bombardier’s Global aircraft which showed that Bombardier WAVE, using Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWaveTM hardware, would stay connected to Inmarsat’s next generation Jet ConneX satellite solution at various altitudes, angles and speeds, through several different types of weather, and over land and water. The certification validates the reliability and capability of Bombardier WAVE to provide passengers with ultra-high-speed broadband access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe.

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Amadeus and Emirates renew full content agreement

Emirates and Amadeus have announced the renewal of their distribution agreement to ensure that the airline’s full inventory of fares and flights is made available to Amadeus-connected travel agencies and travellers worldwide.

The agreement means that Emirates content is made available to the world’s largest network of travel sellers, and Emirates’ customers can continue to search and shop for all Emirates products and services through the channel of their choosing.

Renewal of the full content agreement comes shortly after Emirates was named the most valuable airline brand according to the 2016 Brand Finance Global 500 report. As the airline pushes on with its unwavering focus on the customer experience, the two companies are exploring opportunities relating to the introduction of new merchandising capabilities including Ancillary Services and Fare Families.

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IBAC Predicts Growth for International Standards for Business Aircraft

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the global voice of business aviation since 1981, foresees important growth in participation in the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and Handling (IS-BAH). Coming international SMS requirements and increasingly tight regulatory resources mean that both globally recognized codes of best practice will become even more important to the business aviation community.

Established in 2001, IS-BAO has quickly grown to be the recognized independent standard for business aviation professionalism and excellence with the SMS concept at its core. More than 720 operators on six continents currently conform to the Standard, which incorporates the relevant standards and recommended practices set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Several regulatory authorities regard IS-BAO registration as a means of compliance with their own requirements. Most recently, Mexico named IS-BAO as a means of compliance for its business aviation community of about 300 operators.

In 2014, IBAC, in partnership with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), launched the IS-BAH, modeled on the successful IS-BAO Program. The business aviation ground-handling community welcomed the introduction of the SMS concept into ground operations, a first in the global ground-handling sector. IBAC expects at least 25 registered facilities on X continents by the end of 2016, with many more coming in 2017.

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Lockheed Martin’s Lorraine Martin speaks at the Women in Industry Forum in Abu Dhabi

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Lorraine Martin, deputy executive vice president of its Mission Systems and Training business, spoke on the ‘Women in Leadership and in Business’ panel with Her Excellency Fatima Al Jaber, Board Member, Al Jaber Group and other industry leaders, at the Women in Industry Forum on May 23.

The day-long series of panel and roundtable discussions were designed to “discuss, define and drive the timetable for cultivating and advancing the role women play within the global corporate and cultural landscapes within industries.”

"When we expand the overall number of qualified women in the workforce, we will see an even greater, exponential impact on the global economy,” said Martin. “Therefore, it is of global importance to educate young women and provide everyone equal opportunities to work, to lead and to succeed. The more intelligent, problem-solving human capital we have in the marketplace, the more innovation and growth we will see, particularly in emerging markets.”

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Series of events billed to bring together the Airport Solutions Industry’s buying chain

F&E Aerospace, the organisers of the Dubai Airshow, Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE), the MEBAA Show, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Middle East (MRO ME), and the MEBAA Show Morocco, has announced new shows taking place in the fast growing markets of Turkey and Mexico as part of the Airport Solutions Global Series. These events will add to the strength of the portfolio which already has a long standing pedigree through the success of its events in Indonesia and Dubai.

The Airport Solutions Global Series consists of four annual B2B exhibitions and conferences located in Indonesia (November 2016), Turkey (April 2017), Mexico (May 2017) and Dubai (November 2017). Covering the full spectrum of the airport solutions industry, exhibitors will include security software and solution providers, airport infrastructure suppliers, manufacturing suppliers, air traffic management specialists and capacity and skill development providers. The high level two and three day conferences will focus on regional and global trends and cover topics including safety, security, passenger experience and regional infrastructure. The events will cater for visitors including government, civil aviation authorities, regulators, airport operators and owners.

The development of airport infrastructure across the globe is on a rapidly upward curve as a result of the growing demand for both domestic and international air travel. The success of Tarsus’ (the parent company of F&E Aerospace) “Indonesia Airports & Aviation Exhibition” held annually in Jakarta, has demonstrated the importance of the sector to the development of a country’s infrastructure.

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