Airport World editor, Joe Bates, reflects on ACI’s new Policy Paper on Drones and the ‘security’ theme of this issue.
Reach for the sky
ACI’s new Policy Paper on Drones just goes to show how the aviation industry continues to evolve and how airports constantly need to adapt to change and embrace the future.
The policy paper is in response to the rapid growth of drone and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) market worldwide, and its aim is to ensure that drone operations are facilitated without negative impact to the safety, security, efficiency or capacity of airport operations.
The policy paper, which will be regularly updated due to the rapid development of technology and operational requirements in this area, calls for a risk-based approach and will help airports address growing areas of concern.
Speaking at the launch of the policy paper, ACI World director general, Angela Gittens, noted that it was “imperative that airport operators are aware of, and remain responsive to, the risks, challenges and opportunities associated with new technology and new industry developments.”
She added: “We have drafted this policy paper in response to the rapid development and proliferation of drones to help airports and governments prepare effective procedures and regulations to ensure continuing safe operations.
“With the support of our comprehensive overview and practical recommendations, airport operators can be informed and active in decision making with their regulators and aircraft operators to develop and publish procedures that suit their local conditions.”
While we don’t cover the security risks posed by drones in this ‘security’ themed issue of Airport World, we do touch on a number of hot topics that I know will be of interest to airports across the globe.
ACI World’s head of security, Nathalie Herbelles, for example, brings us up to speed with the very latest developments when it comes to landside security, which includes the publication of ACI’s new Landside Security Handbook.
Hamad International Airport tells us why it has chosen to become a pioneer in the trialling of new security technology. We also learn more about the benefits of intelligent surveillance; the development of CT technology; and some exciting security initiatives at Oakland, Dubai International and New York-JFK.
But security is not all we cover in this August/September issue of Airport World, as we also take a look at Incheon International Airport’s new Terminal 2; focus on car parking innovation; discover more about Geneva Airport’s state-of-the-art Airport Operations Centre (APOC); and highlight a few of London Gatwick’s green initiatives.
The big interview is with Ross Higashi, deputy director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Airports Division, who tells us more about some ambitious plans to develop Honolulu International Airport.
We also hear from ACI World’s Gittens about the organisation’s commitment to promoting gender equality in aviation; look back at the recent SMART Airports & Regions Conference in Edmonton; and report on how moving the rental car facilities from the central area to a new consolidated rental car centre has had a hugely positive impact on customer satisfaction levels and the environment at Tampa International Airport.
If that’s not enough, there’s always our regular ‘People matters’ and World Business Partner news pages to thumb through. Happy reading!