The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) launched the voluntary European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI) to meet its commitments to sustaining and improving air safety. EASA’s safety analysis and research department has conducted studies and made recommendations for aviation safety in Europe and worldwide. Louise Driscoll spoke with John Vincent, Head of Safety Analysis and Research, to report on the progress of its latest studies.
London’s Heathrow, one of the world’s most congested airports, has been using QinetiQ’s revolutionary FOD (foreign objects and debris) radar detection system – Tarsier – on its southern runway since February. Louise Driscoll talks to Dr Dominic Walker, QinetiQ’s product development director, to report on its progress and the need for developing compliance for FOD detection technology in future.
ACI EUROPE’s inaugural SMAG conference, dedicated to Small and Medium Sized Airports, took place in Porto on 11 May in association with the Routes (Europe) conference, which took place on 12 and 13 May. Report by Robert O’Meara.
The French Training Centre of Airport Firemen (C2FPA) was inaugurated on 29 October 2007. Located 300km south of Paris, next to Châteauroux-Déols airport, it is a one-of-a-kind facility in Europe, which offers the latest materials and equipment, advanced educational methods and resources, and highly qualified and experienced teaching staff. The organisation is approved by the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authorities).
Airports in the EU’s 27 member states continue to offer an ever widening range of destinations to their customers according to analysis of the latest OAG data for scheduled airlines. Comparing information for the third week of April in 2008 with the corresponding week in 2007, shows that airports in the EU have increased the number of scheduled routes on offer by 5.9% with the net addition of 518 new routes.