QinetiQ’s radar system that can detect very small items of potentially dangerous debris on airport runways has just completed a successful demonstration at Dubai International Airport. Called Tarsier, the all-weather, 24/7 system performed fully automatic detection and location of test debris items such as plastic and glass bottles, metal bolts and a small section of carbon fiber grill.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified BAE Systems’ Matador infrared countermeasures (IRCM) missile jamming system as an approved product for national defense. The approval comes under the DHS’ Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (Safety) Act, passed by Congress in 2002.
According to the UAV community, unmanned aerial vehicles face a busy future with all sorts of possible new civil and paramilitary applications, including security surveillance over urban areas, search-and-rescue missions, as well as environmental and infrastructure monitoring.
The UK Trade Investment and the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) and the Society of British Aerospace companies, together, are taking active roles at Asian Aerospace 2006 by mounting a UK pavilion as well as bringing a trade mission to Singapore.
FAL Aviation UK is here at EBACE to promote its recently opened executive facility at the former Lydd Airport on the southeast coast of England. Both the private airport–which has rebranded itself London Ashford Airport–and the business aircraft operation are subsidiaries of Saudi Arabian-based FAL Holdings (Riyadh). Being outside the London TMA, the airport avoids air traffic control delays at airports closer to the city.
Harrods Aviation has been honored as best handling agent in the Excellence Awards voted for by members of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). The UK business aviation services group has FBOs at London’s Stansted and Luton airports. BACA members also selected air taxi firm London Executive Aviation as best general aviation operator and Dubai International Airport as the best airport.
Baseops International (Booth No. 710) reports that closure of its London Gatwick office and the absorption of its functions by the Houston, Texas headquarters has had no noticeable effect on the business of the company, now 76 employees strong. The UK office was dissolved last fall, but in this day of e-connectivity, customers have not noticed any change in service, Baseops president Jerry Scott told EBACE Convention News this week.
Expansion plans for both Biggin Hill and Southend Airports promise important benefits for business aircraft operators making for the UK capital. Both airports are prefixed “London,” but unlike some others that make similar claims they are in fact physically closer than many.
TAG Aviation has inaugurated a business aviation terminal that is arguably the finest in Europe. The new building at the London-area Farnborough Airport was officially opened yesterday by Britain’s Prince Andrew in a ceremony attended by many top industry executives en route to the EBACE show here in Geneva.
After a development that could only be described as protracted, the BAE Systems Nimrod MRA 4 maritime patrol aircraft finally won a production contract yesterday. Defense minister Des Browne signed the deal and in celebration, one of the aircraft flew over Farnborough.