Aviation


  • Blockchain Technology Ensures Privacy And Security Of Aircraft Data

    January 12, 2019

    The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is exploring the potential of Blockchain Technology in order to ensure privacy, authentication, and security of aircraft data. An aero-computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center Ronald Reisman published a paper which stated that an engineering prototype of the “Aviation Blockchain Infrastructure” (ABI) can be used to mitigate some security issues of the Automatic ...

  • Drone jamming system to protect European airports, public spaces

    January 11, 2019

    ‘There are some who are using them for criminal acts. For example, drones are being used to smuggle drugs, telephones or other stuff into prisons. That is a very specific use case where the pilot is deliberately breaking the rules. ‘There is another category where we categorise it as terrorism or harassment, which is what we ...

  • Why airports can’t stop drones from causing chaos

    January 9, 2019

    London’s Heathrow airport had to suspend flights on Tuesday after drone sightings there, following similar disruptive incidents at Gatwick in December that affected 1,000 flights. The move to suspend flights is understandable. Airports and the airlines that pay them don’t want to see a drone sucked into a jetliner’s engine, or a drone that’s rigged as an explosive ...

  • Canada: Transport minister issues new rules for drone operators

    January 9, 2019

    Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued tough new regulations for the use of drones in Canada, from banning drunk droning, to banning drones from flying in airspace near emergency scenes and airports. Drone operators will now have to register their drones and pass an online test to receive certification to continue operating them. These new changes apply ...

  • Heathrow departures grounded after drone spotted

    January 8, 2019

    Just weeks after a reported drone sighting wreaked havoc at Gatwick, all departures have been grounded at Heathrow after one of the airborne gadgets was spotted at the airport. The airport tweeted: “We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. “As ...

  • Authorities must do more to meet airport drone threat – Met police chief

    December 27, 2018

    Government and security officials must “up their game” to tackle the illegal use of drones at airports which brought chaos to London’s Gatwick airport in the run-up to Christmas, Britain’s most senior police officer said on Thursday. Three days of drone sightings at Britain’s second busiest airport lead to about 1,000 flight cancellations and disrupted the ...

  • Government ‘Can Now Deploy Drone Detection Systems Throughout The UK’

    December 27, 2018

    Ministers say unidentified systems have been readied to prevent further chaos of the kind that struck Gatwick last week The government has said it now has detection systems that can be deployed throughout the country to combat the threat of drones. Gatwick faced three days of disruption last week after drones were repeatedly sighted at the airport’s sole ...

  • U.S. says Ninoy Aquino International Airport security measures inadequate – envoy

    December 26, 2018

    The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is implementing inadequate security measures, the Philippines’ ambassador said. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez wrote in a Philippine Star column on Sunday, December 23, that the DHS will send a notice about “security issues” at NAIA after a 90-day ...

  • Resurgent Al-Qaeda plan new series of spectacular attacks against airliners and airports

    December 23, 2018

    The terrorist group behind the world trade centre attacks in New York in 2001 are plotting a series of deadly new attacks that are ‘keeping ministers awake at night’. Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Al-Qaeda are planning the attacks on airports and airliners, and even plan to use explosive-packed drones to take down targets in a bid ...

  • Gatwick flights resume as drones disappear

    December 21, 2018

    Gatwick has released a statement: “Gatwick’s runway is currently available having reopened at 06:00. A limited number of aircraft are taking off and landing at Gatwick this morning but our departures and arrivals rate is currently very restricted to just a few runway movements every hour so passengers must expect delays and cancellations again today. Gatwick ...

  • Hunt for Gatwick drone pilot as tens of thousands are left stranded and all flights in and out suspended

    December 20, 2018

    Gatwick Airport is closed today after one or more drones were deliberately flown over the runway causing complete chaos for tens of thousands of people trying to get away for Christmas. Dozens of police officers are now hunting for the pilot who managed to shut down Britain’s second busiest airport and are considering whether to use a sniper ...

  • Goodbye, X-ray scanners: US airports using 3D machines to snoop into bags

    December 20, 2018

    New technology at airport security checkpoints is poised to greet some of the more than 40 million people who will board flights over the next two-and-a-half weeks. The multi-faceted approach the Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency that oversees aviation safety, uses to prevent a dangerous situation from unfolding at 40,000 feet or inside the airport ...

  • Aeroflot registers own breed of sniffer dogs

    December 20, 2018

    Aeroflot has registered its own Shalaika breed of sniffer dogs with the Russian Cynological Federation. The official presentation of the dogs took place at Sheremetyevo International Airport’s Terminal B and was attended by the breeder of the Shalaika dogs, Klim Sulimov, and members of the cynology community. The dogs were presented by Aeroflot’s Deputy Head of Aviation Security ...

  • ICAO raises concerns over security of airports, aviation infrastructure in India

    December 16, 2018

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has raised concerns over the security of airports and other aviation infrastructure in India following an audit at the Chennai airport and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the aviation security regulator. These concerns raised several questions on the capability of aviation regulators to manage unprecedented growth registered by ...

  • New passenger scanner uses space technology to speed up airport security

    December 4, 2018

    A super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialled at Cardiff Airport in the UK. The walk-through scanner, which uses space technology to image human body heat, is the result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists. Computer learning allows the scanner to distinguish between threats and non-threats but without the ...

  • Five Middle East States to share sensitive aviation security information

    December 3, 2018

    Following their presentation of working paper entitled “Sharing of Aviation Security Information Between States” at the Second High-level Conference on Aviation Security (HLCAS/2-WP/2), Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and United Arab Emirates have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in this regard. It is a precursor to the subsequent signing of a Memorandum of ...

  • Security issues posed by ground handling

    November 28, 2018

    In order to ensure safe and efficient practices, labour practices at airports need to be transparent. In a major security lapse, YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was stabbed by a man inside the Visakhapatnam airport’s VIP lounge in October. According to data tabled in the Parliament on August 8, 27 security lapses were ...

  • Chinese airports prioritize cybersecurity for technology investment

    November 20, 2018

    Airports and airlines in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers, with cybersecurity proving to be top of the agenda for both. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13% to more than one billion over ...

  • Airport security threats: combating the enemy within

    November 15, 2018

    Since the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the US, most travellers have got used to the sight of fortified airports around the world. Few people these days are surprised to see barriers and other physical protection measures around them, as well as the presence of armed police patrols. An airport is an enormous, complex operation, and while on the ...

  • India: 39 airports to get hand-held explosives scanner

    November 9, 2018

    Small airports will soon get an additional layer of security, with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) procuring real-time viewing systems for 39 airports, including Bhopal, Dehradun, Trichy and Jodhpur, two officials familiar with the matter said. The equipment is essential for the functioning of bomb detection and disposal systems and used for the detection of ...