Aviation


  • The Persistent Threat of Aviation Hijacking

    March 20, 2019

    As the focus of global security shifts, the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the past have never truly gone away. On February 24, on a flight from Dhaka to Dubai, a Bangladeshi national named Mohammad Palash Ahmed brandished a toy gun and managed to hijack a passenger plane carrying 156 people. His demands were not for the freedom ...

  • Drone No-Fly Zone Extended At RAF Bases And Airports

    March 13, 2019

    The drone no-fly zone around airports has been extended to protect aircraft at Royal Air Force bases and airports. The new legislation bans drones from being flown within five kilometres (3.1 miles) of the end of a runway without permission. Previously, only a 1km (0.6 miles) no-fly zone was in place. The no-fly zone extension offers an additional layer of protection ...

  • Airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after latest crash

    March 11, 2019

    Several airlines have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash. The flight crashed minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second disaster in five months involving a Boeing 737 Max 8. Aviation regulators in China and Indonesia have suspended flights using that model. Ethiopian Airlines and ...

  • Another man gets past Dhaka airport scanners with gun

    March 9, 2019

    In less than a week, a second man has gotten past the security checks armed with a gun The security measures of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport once again came under scrutiny with a second gun scare in just four days. According to airport sources, on Friday morning, a passenger passed through the security check inside a domestic ...

  • US company tasked to secure three Libyan airports

    March 9, 2019

    The US-based Culmen International, a leader in international security, logistics and technology solutions company announced Thursday that it had been awarded a grant to implement the Libya Airport and Aviation Security Program in three airports. The company, operating in in over 100 countries on six continents, said the grant was given by the US Department of ...

  • BA seeks patrolling on routes out to 30 nautical miles at Islamabad International Airport

    March 9, 2019

    British Airways, which is planning to commence operations in Pakistan from June 2/3, 2019 is reportedly worried about threat from Man-Portable Air Defence System (ManPADs), seeking patrolling at 30 nautical miles during the arrival and departure of its aircraft, well informed sources told Business Recorder. British High Commission in Islamabad, sources said, is in contact with the ...

  • Airports scramble to handle drone incidents

    March 5, 2019

    Drones have become an increasing nuisance for airports worldwide in recent months, and good solutions to keep them from interfering with flights aren’t yet available. Airports in various cities — including Newark, New Jersey; Gatwick, England; Dublin, Ireland and Dubai — have grounded planes in the last three months following drone sightings. The incident at Gatwick in December proved especially disruptive, impacting the ...

  • Montreal-based UN aviation agency tried to cover up 2016 cyberattack, documents show

    February 27, 2019

    In November 2016, the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was hit by the most serious cyberattack in its history, and internal documents obtained by CBC suggest key members of the team that should have prevented the attack tried to cover up how badly it was mishandled. As the United Nations body that sets standards for civil ...

  • New drone safety partnership with business launched as government sets out plans to limit drone misuse

    February 20, 2019

    The government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have today (20 February 2019) announced a new partnership with the retailer Jessops, as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones. Working with the CAA, the government is dialling up a campaign to help educate the public about responsible drone ...

  • Drones: Safety or Security?

    February 18, 2019

    Since drones first came on the market, we have seen a number of stories about the very real potential for in-flight contact with commercial aircraft, and several temporary airport shutdowns because of reported close-calls.  FAA has just posted two new rulemaking notices regarding drones, with comments due April 15, 2019.  But from a security perspective, ...