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Contents NEWS


7 Crisis incident training gets virtual reality make over


8 Private operator ACR takes over the towers at five Swedish airports


8 $10.2 billion economic impact generated from Detroit Metro Airport


ANALYSIS


11 As a result of an increased use of deicer fluids on aircraft and runways, Heathrow Airport has invested in an innovative way of treating contaminated wastewater which has helped it meet its environmental targets. Gary Mason reports


FEATURES


15 TECHNOLOGY AND WEATHER FORECASTING David Gibbs, Aviation Business Manager for the Met Office discusses the role of technology in the production and delivery of forecasts for airports.


18 BATTLING THE ELEMENTS Dr Michael Kerkloh, President and CEO of Munich Airport (FMG) explains how his organisation prepares for winter operations to minimise the inevitable disruptions that heavy snowfall brings


24 REMOTE CONTROL The use or robot sorting technology to handle baggage handling operations at airports is emerging as a new trend. Gary Mason looks at two examples where it is being trialed in the UK, Norway and Finland.


28 SAFETY LAYER Runway technology that can safely bring an aircraft to a halt if it overshoots is now being used by more than 50 airports around the world. Gary Mason reports on how changes in regulations are allowing airports with restricted space to use the safety innovation


32 THE BALANCING ACT Understanding the difficulties and challenges of passenger expectation, consent and the need to offer a robust and secure strategy for aviation security is not a simple task. At the Smart Airports conference in Munich last year Francis Morgan, Security Director at Heathrow Airport, set out what the barriers and solutions to achieving that balance are. Gary Mason reports


36 REGIONAL AIRPORTS: THE ROAD TO RECOVERY Regional airports who rely on one main carrier are vulnerable to rapid changes in the aviation market. But can an airport recover if that main customer stops operations? Gary Mason reports


40 COMPANY UPDATES Aviation company news and contracts


42 INSIDER


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