Posts Tagged ‘Aviation’


[Government Security News] The FBI Cyber Division has warned that the Aviation industry is under continual cyber-attack. Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors have been sending successful spear-phishing e-mails targeting the aviation community.

The FBI assesses that APT actors target technology, best practices, and other proprietary information from victim businesses for theft.

GCR has appointed Andre Allen as its new information & cyber security manager; Allen will spearhead GCR’s Cyber Security Practice to deliver cost-effective cyber security solutions with a primary focus on the aviation industry, the company says.

Allen will lead an experienced team of certified project managers and developers, some with high level government security clearance.

Andre Allen

Andre Allen

GCR provides cyber security solutions to the aviation industry partly due to the experience the company has in providing technology solutions to large airports.

The Cyber Security Practice will leverage GCR’s security architecture, policies, technologies and processes to produce automated cyber security solutions.

GCR is currently implementing automated cyber security solutions at a major U.S. airport.

“GCR leveraged the existing partnership with the airport to collaboratively deliver cyber security solutions that address the needs and challenges faced in the aviation industry,” said Tim Walsh, director of Aviation Services for GCR.

“We are excited about having Andre on our team as he brings a wealth of information and cyber security knowledge, specifically having been an IT security leader at the NASA Johnson Space Center for the past 15 years.”


Government Security News
5th Aug, 2014



[Star Alliance – Press Release] The New Terminal 2 Set to Open on June 4th, 2014

LONDON, U.K. – June 4th, 2013 – Today the countdown to the opening of the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport begins. In 365 days the home of Star Alliance at Britain’s premier aviation hub will welcome the flying public.

Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the Star Alliance

Lufthansa is one of the founding members of the Star Alliance. Photo: Wikipedia

Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance commented: “In a year’s time we will ring in a new era for our customers, member carriers and employees at London Heathrow.

The purpose built Terminal 2 will be our home and will offer a superior travel experience to our customers, create new business opportunities for our member carriers and provide an improved working environment for employees.”

With the move to Terminal 2, all 23 Star Alliance member airlines serving Heathrow and representing over 20% of the airports traffic, will for the first time ever operate from a single terminal.

This will give Star Alliance the opportunity to enhance its seamless ‘hub’ experience, increase the number of passengers transferring through Heathrow and provide shorter connecting times between member airlines.

Moreover, the state-of-the art terminal allows Star Alliance to provide a new and improved level of service for passengers, offering today’s air traveller the right balance and choice between technology and the personal touch. Terminal 2 will have more automated processes and common facilities than currently exists in any one terminal at Heathrow, giving passengers more control over their journey.

Operating ‘under one roof’ enables the Star Alliance member carriers to share operational facilities more efficiently, and make the best use of space and services. Together, this will make Terminal 2 a commercially attractive European ‘hub’ option for the airlines.

The Star Alliance carriers will begin to move into Terminal 2 in phases between June and December next year.

From Terminal 2, 23 Star Alliance airlines – Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways – will provide 136 flights a day to over 51 worldwide destinations. Future member carrier EVA Air will be joining the member carriers in T2 during the course of 2014.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax.

The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air has been announced as future member.

Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

For further information please contact:

Star Alliance Press Office
Tel: +49 69 96375 183
Fax: +49 69 96375 683
Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com
http://www.staralliance.com


Star Alliance
4th june, 2013



[BAA] In a note tinged with sadness, BAA’s new CIO Neil Clark announced to his team and to the Heathrow community, that his predecessor Philip Langsdale had passed away suddenly on 22nd December.

Philip Langsdale, ex CIO at BAA dies suddenly just before his 57th birthday

Philip Langsdale, ex CIO at BAA died suddenly a day before his 57th birthday: Photo: Airport Technology

Mr Langsdale was BAA Chief Information Officer serving four years with the UK airports company, he tended his resignation and left his post in August of this year (2012). He moved to a new position taking on the role of Chief Information Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Mr Langsdale replaced Joe Harley as CIO at the DWP in September 2012, his role at BAA was filled by Neil Clark. Mr Clark was previously the Director for IT Programme delivery.

In an email released on the morning of Christmas Eve, Mr Clark said…..

It is with deep sadness that I have to bring you the news that Philip Langsdale passed away on Saturday 22nd December, the day before before his 57th birthday.

He will be remembered fondly by us all. 

I will of course pass our condolences to Philip’s wife and daughters.”

Philip Langsdale will be remembered for his great achievements at BAA. In the 2012 Appleton Lecture at the Institute of Engineering and Technology he explained the systems that Heathrow needed to make the airport run smoothly.

The then CIO of the world’s busiest airport announced that £1.5 billion was to be sunk into improving real-time and decision-making software systems at Heathrow.

We wish to pass on our deepest condolences to Mr Langsdale’s family.


Reporting: ChrisNewman
The Airport Informeer
Dec 31st, 2012



[BBC NewsBirmingham Airport‘s runway has been shut after a plane skidded off it.

The aircraft skidded off the runway shortly after 13:10 BST

The aircraft skidded off the runway shortly after 13:10 BST. Photo: Wikipedia

Airport officials said the Monarch-chartered flight ZB467, from Nice in France, skidded off the runway shortly after 13:10 BST.

The airport said the Boeing 737 was operated by Lithuanian firm Air Aurela.

Monarch said the plane was being taxied to the terminal when “one set of wheels left the taxi way bringing the aircraft to a stop”. There were not thought to be any injuries.

The airport said all flights were suspended and “airfield services” were assisting the airline crew.

In a statement, Monarch said: “Passengers are being transferred to the airport terminal where they will be cared for by Monarch staff.”

The company said it was working with the airport to move the aircraft and help with the investigation into what happened.

It said that as a “standard precaution”, emergency services were dealing with the aircraft……

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
21st Sept, 2012



[Der Telegraaf]  KLM faces running with a major IT failure this morning. The airlines website is down or is running very slowly. Travelers with the airline are having problems booking flights and checking-in at Amsterdam airport and at other sites in the KLM network.

KLM has announced that it is doing all it can to resolve the fault.  Picture: Wikipedia

KLM has announced that it is doing all it can to resolve the fault. Picture: Wikipedia

As a result of the systems failure, all domestic, European and international flights operated by KLM are delayed.

KLM has announced that it is doing all it can to resolve the issue and find a solution but can still give no indication when the difficulties will be fixed. Passengers and all those affected are being directed to visit the KLM Facebook or Twitter sites to get an update from the airline.

Schiphol Airport has also indicated that inbound and outbound traffic for all airlines to and from the airport is also being affected, this has resulted in passenger processing delays of around of at least 30 to 35 minutes.

As for KLM flights, a spokesperson indicated that there are minimum delays to its schedule of around 60 to 90 minutes.

Presently it is not known what has caused the failure, but it is possible that the problems at KLM are linked to a large number of inter-connected systems in the Netherlands that have been recently affected by a new and virilant computer virus.

At least 20 institutions, including public concerns and private companies, plus universities are affected.

The virus has entered systems undetected by anti-virus software provided by companies such as McAfee and Symantec. The virus is thought to propagate itself through email files, then spreads to the core systems under attack.

Read the original story (in Dutch) at Der Telegraaf……


Der Telegraaf
9th August 2012



[BBC News] A consultation on expanding airports in south-east England has been delayed again amid reports of tensions within the coalition over the issue.

Waiting: Planes queue for take off at London City Airport - congestion could eventually send air fares skywards

Waiting: Planes queue for take off at London City Airport – congestion could increase air fares.

The consultation had been due to be announced later but is now unlikely to go ahead until the autumn.

The Lib Dems are opposed to expansion, and the coalition agreement rules out new airports in the region. But there is speculation that Chancellor George Osborne is warming to the idea of a third Heathrow runway.

Several Tory MPs are also openly supporting the plan, says BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott. They have been accused of trying to delay everything until after the next election, when they believe they could be in power as a single party.

It is another delay for a consultation that was meant to start in March, then delayed until the summer, and is now likely to wait until the autumn. It was dealing with some of the thorniest issues in aviation, including whether to build a third runway at Heathrow airport in west London, or perhaps build extra runways at Stansted or Gatwick. Some concerns have been expressed about the environmental impact of a third runway at Heathrow and the potential for it to damage people’s quality of life.

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, a well known environmentalist, said he would not stand as a candidate for the party at the next election if it supported a third runway.

London Mayor Boris Johnson also opposes…..

Read the full story at BBC News…..


BBC News
12 July 2012



[BBC News] Cornwall’s new enterprise zone dedicated to the aerospace industry will create up to 2,500 jobs, according to the government.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased. Photo BBC News

The Aerohub, based at Newquay Airport, was launched by Business Minister Mark Prisk at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire.

He said it would be instrumental in stimulating local growth and jobs.

Companies choosing to develop at the Aerohub will be offered tax breaks and planning regulations will be be eased.

Chris Pomfret, from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said Aerohub offered one of the country’s longest runways, easy access and “a nascent aerospace cluster in one of the most desirable places in the UK in which to live”.

In June, the Classic Aircraft Trust announced it would be moving from Coventry to Newquay.

Its new visitor attraction – with more than 30 vintage aeroplanes – is expected to create 33 jobs.

Read the original story at BBC News…..


BBC News
10th July, 2012



[Herald Sun] A fully loaded Air Mauritius aircraft was forced to make an emergency return to Melbourne Airport this afternoon after a passenger is believed to have made a bomb threat to the crew. 

It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged.

It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged. Phot: Derrick Den Hollander

The Airbus A340 had take off from the airport just after 2.30pm when the crew advised the control tower of the need to return, with Federal Police boarding the aircraft after it touched down and stopped at the end of the runway.

The aircraft involved was Air Mauritius flight MK943 bound for Perth.
It is believed a man was detained on board, but other passengers were safely escorted from the plane, which was undamaged.

Sources said there had been a bomb threat, but this was not confirmed by an aiport spokesman.

A  Federal Police spokeswoman said the incident was ongoing but there was no danger to the travelling public.

She said passengers had been….

Read the full story at The Herald Sun….


By Neil Wilson
From: 
May 23, 2012