Technology in the airport sector

A new year begins, and expectations for all sectors worldwide are preparing to face a new moment. New goals are on the horizon and, technology will be a fundamental part of the development of new projects.

Such is the case of the airport sector, which has used technological advances to safely manage administrative processes. Also take care of the health of each passenger, providing new protocols to avoid large-scale contagion.

For a few months, airports have started technological development, and today, we tell you what some of them are.

Biometric technology

Thanks to facial recognition, the airport administration will be able to reduce waiting times and long queues at check-in, security controls, baggage claim, and those waiting processes that can be tedious.

To date, a survey conducted by IATA shows that at least 73% of passengers are willing to share their data to optimize waiting processes at the airport.

Artificial Intelligence

 The use of artificial intelligence to manage the flow of passengers is also one of the options that have been implemented at different airports for some time.

The London’s Gatwick airport, which will implement this technology to improve the safety of its operations, and provide a better travel experience to its passengers.

Artificial intelligence is linked to ‘Big Data’, where the flow of information will be key to managing data and passenger behavior and optimizing their strategies.

Smartphone integration

 Today, most people around the world have a smartphone. The use of mobile applications will be the first step to manage connectivity with organizations and automate airport services.

These are just a few examples of new technologies that are already being used at airports. Therefore, the use of new technologies is and will be a fundamental part of the growth of the airport sector, where innovation will serve to create new experiences.

The best private jets

At present, aircraft manufacturers are in the difficult task of being more and more innovative and offering not only greater performance in their aircraft but also filling them with the greatest possible comfort to please the most demanding customers.

Gulfstream G500

With this aircraft, ultramodern business aviation makes sense as it has an excellent balance between performance and comfort with the best technology. This jet has been equipped with 2 high-performance engines that allow it to reach a speed of 903 km / h and is perfect for intercontinental routes. In addition, its interior design can be configured to enjoy a kitchen in the stern, bedroom illuminated by panoramic windows, and tables for meetings or meals. Depending on the internal layout configuration this jet can accommodate from 10 to 19 passengers.

Gulfstream 600

This aircraft equipped with ultra-quiet Pratt & Whitney engines is capable of reaching a speed of 1,102 km / h, obtaining more than 20 world speed records and offering its passengers the opportunity to cover long routes such as New York and Dubai or London Beijing.

The comfort of its internal design allows it to accommodate up to 19 passengers and comfortably sleep up to 10 passengers. In addition, it has a kitchen and compartments for the crew. Furthermore, your passengers can enjoy up to 4 seating areas.

Gulfstream 650ER

This legendary jet has broken one-speed record after another, being the best aircraft in its class to cover longer nonstop routes, being able to fly from Singapore to Arizona. Regarding the interior design, this aircraft has 4 environments for work, entertainment, relaxation, and meals. Combining its refined design with the greatest comfort and innovation with handcrafted seats that allow its passengers to relax and enjoy each flight.

Dassault Falcon 8X

French manufacturer Dassault brought its experience from military fighter jets to business aviation, offering a unique aircraft full of efficiency, flexibility, range, and comfort. The interior design of this jet is configurable to satisfy the most demanding customers.

They can choose a comfortable 3-area cabin with a shower and space for the crew to rest, or a more spacious lounge, reducing space at the entrance or better, one more entrance large with a great kitchen.

Also, offers high-speed connectivity with satellite communication. This jet is capable of saving up to 20% more fuel than any other aircraft in its category.

Bombardier Global 7500

This jet stands out in its category for being the largest and longest-range business aircraft. Offering 4 luxurious interior areas with a full-size kitchen, a crew suite, and a full-size master suite with a true shower in the private bathroom.

Is capable of connecting some of the widest routes such as New York – Hong Kong or Singapore – San Francisco, and has been equipped with GE Passport engines that offer higher efficiency, lower emissions, and lower maintenance costs.

Cessna CJ4

This jet has a friendly flight deck with the latest technology and excellent ergonomic improvements. It has optimized meteorological tracking using a Multiscan RTA-4112 radar system from collins Aerospace.

Equipped with view skylights, upgraded seats Also, a wireless cabin management system that gives your passengers instant control of lighting.

Window shades, and interior temperature, this aircraft is a business jet ready to satisfy to its passengers.

 

45000 more fuel efficient aircraft by 2040

Cirium’s new Fleet Forecast for 2021 suggests that $ 2.9 trillion will be spent on approximately 45,000 new and more fuel-efficient aircraft over the next 20 years.

Published by Ascend by Cirium, the consulting division of aviation analytics company Cirium, the report titled “Cirium Fleet Forecast” predicts that aircraft deliveries worldwide by 2040 will be 4% higher than projected ago. one year.

“Cirium’s Fleet Forecast for 2021 offers an optimistic long-term outlook. Passenger traffic is expected to grow 3.7% annually, so the world fleet of passenger aircraft should increase by almost 22,000 aircraft … If this forecast is met, the world fleet of passenger aircraft will amount to about 47,200 aircraft by the end of 2040. These aircraft deliveries will not only respond to growing traffic demand, but they will also replace older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, ”said Rob Morris, Global Director of Consulting for Ascend by Cirium.

The number of aircraft delivered could vary by airline region, with Asian markets expected to be the engine of growth.

On the other hand, around 80% of the current passenger fleet is expected to be out of service between 2021 and 2040. The replacement of these older (more fuel-consuming) aircraft with newer models is increasingly important, as the sector aims to reduce carbon emissions and focus on sustainability.

In total, some 19,000 aircraft will be retired from the passenger fleet by the end of 2020, in addition to the anticipated retirement of several relatively new aircraft.

 

Read the note on Business Wire.

The largest private plane in the world has arrived

The American aircraft manufacturer Gulfstream takes up the leadership of innovation by presenting its new business class jet baptized as G700 that has a range of 14,000 km and can fly almost at the speed of sound. While its occupants enjoy the largest cabin of the design for this type of aircraft.

The Gulfstream G700 can carry up to 13 passengers or eight sleeper seats in a cabin that can be customized with up to 5 zones of enjoyment such as a dedicated space for the crew. An entertainment area, a dining room, and conferences of 6 people, and a cabin with a full-length closet. 

In terms of design you can enjoy natural stone floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, quartz countertops, handcrafted electric seats, surround sound, a new ultra high definition circadian lighting system, and the newest ventilation system that does not recycle the air, but expels it and replaces it with 100% new air.

The motorization of this aircraft is in charge of Rolls – Royce with the new engines called Pearl 700 that seek a new speed record reaching a mach of 0.935. In addition, this new jet will be able to make use of sustainable fuel.

Currently, Gulfstream is conducting a presentation tour for clients and potential clients, where it has already visited Doha for the Qatar Executive where it reached a new record between the city of Savannah, Georgia, and Doha in a time of 13 hr and 16 min. 

After visiting the Qatar Executive, the G700 flew to Paris, France, also achieving a record by completing the tour in just 6 hr and 15 min.

At the moment the company is carrying out its certification program that will cover more than 15,500 tests and with which it intends to guarantee the greatest safety and comfort to its most exclusive clients.

 

Spirit of Innovation beats the world record 

The Spirit of Innovation beat the world record and since November 16, it has become the world’s fastest electric aircraft in its category.

The creators of this aircraft are the project team ACCEL and Rolls-Royce, who are also the engine manufacturer for the Spirit of Innovation.

The part of the financing of this project is in charge of the Institute of Aerospace Technology. 

Also,  has the collaboration of the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom and Innovates UK. 

The Spirit of Innovation broke three world records, among which the following stand out: 

  • It reached a speed of 555.9 km / h in 3 kilometers. This title was held by the Siemens Extra 330LE aircraft in 2017. 
  • The second record was reaching 532.1 km / h in 15 kilometers. 
  • Finally, the Spirit of Innovation surpassed in 60 seconds, the ascent of 3,000 meters in a time of 202 seconds. 

In this regard, Warren East, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce, expressed appreciation for the recognition of this new world record: “Setting the world speed record for an all-electric vehicle is a fantastic achievement for the ACCEL team and Rolls-Royce. I would like to thank our partners, and especially for Electroflight helping us achieve this pioneering breakthrough.”

Without a doubt, the Spirit of Innovation electric plane has advanced technology that makes Jet Zero a reality.

With the premise of making technology a sustainable factor to decarbonize air mobility

Read de full note at: Aerotendencias.

The best airport to remotely manage take-offs and landings

Budapest has become the first airport in European capitals to have its air traffic controlled from a high-tech facility outside the airport grounds, thanks to a new contract Indra’s with the service provider Hungarian Air Navigation HungaroControl.

This new Indra solution called InNOVA will provide air traffic controllers with an even better view than that generally obtained from a conventional control tower. In addition, they will have all the necessary information, air traffic control functionalities, and security functions from a single integrated screen, a concept already operational in remote control centers.

“Intelligent technology and automation are tools to support human decision-making. By equipping our air traffic controllers with the latest technology, we improve operational efficiency and situational awareness. This benefits us, the airport, the airlines, and ultimately the passengers”, said Kornel Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl.

While air traffic controllers typically must monitor different screens to get a complete view, the tower InNOVA system takes care of integrating all relevant functions and information on a single screen.

This system will improve controllers’ situational awareness, effectiveness, and flight safety. Thanks to augmented reality that will allow controllers to automatically zoom, identify and track moving objects.   

The system is prepared to carry out operations in multiple airports. For now, the cameras will be located in various locations around the Budapest airport to improve visual observation of this and other areas of interest to controllers. 

Read the full note in Aviación al día.

 

Puerto Felixstowe invests in machinery

The initiative for the improvement of environmental conditions is an issue on which everyone is debating, and many organizations come together to implement the best strategies to combat pollution.

That’s why port of Felixstowe, which announced the investment of new equipment to decarbonize its operations.

The company Hutchison Ports and owners of the Port of Felixstowe have invested in: “48 battery terminal tractors and 17 electric gantry cranes with remote-controlled rubber tires (ReARTG) of zero-emissions”, according to the Container News website.

Projections with the new machinery are that 6,662 tons of CO2, and 59.38 tons of NOx can be saved annually. Says, Chris Lewis.

Additionally, Lewis also noted that “These latest acquisitions will help drive further substantial reductions in the future, and will help us achieve our goal of an additional 20% reduction over the next 5 years.”

A new infrastructure

Likewise, to carry out the machinery replacement project, Felixstowe needs an infrastructure that can support the new equipment. Therefore, “its high voltage (HV) electric power distribution network will be updated and new electrical infrastructure to support the ReARTGs and 10 charging stations for the battery-powered terminal tractors ”.

They are working to counteract the consequences that the impact of CO2 can have on the environment in a few years.

Notably, Felixstowe is located in Glasgow and is the UK’s largest port and the eighth busiest port.

 

For more information, read the full note at Container News.

 

Honda looks to the sky

After many years of work, and research the Japanese manufacturer Honda Motors presents a lightweight Jet, with the highest standards of comfort, design, technology, and performance. 

The HondaJet will be the first light aircraft capable of non-stop flights across the United States with great fuel efficiency. Thanks to its advanced technology that allows it to consume less fuel while reaching higher speeds. The HondaJet manufactured with a lighter structure of its fuselage increases its efficiency in terms of speed and fuel consumption.

Regarding its structure, HondaJet is composed of a one-piece fuselage created by honeycomb layers and rigid structures that provide lightness. In addition, the engine configuration is located over the wing, freeing up space in its fuselage.

This lightweight aircraft accommodates up to 11 occupants and features a quieter and more spacious cabin that has been designed for longer routes and is fully customizable. Thanks to its modular configuration and state-of-the-art technology that offers greater operational safety while reducing the pilot job.

Among other important features of this aircraft are: 

  • Range of 4,861 km (2,625 NM).
  • Maximum cruising speed of 450 kts.
  • Altitude 14,325 m (47,000 ft). Leader for the segment.
  • Less noise thanks to OTWEM.
  • Class-leading pressurization with a cabin altitude of 1,940 m (6,363 ft) at its maximum operating altitude of 14,325 m
  • It is the first long-range jet designed for operation with only one pilot.

Honda Motors is committed to reinventing business aviation by offering a new level of comfort, design, and technology. Although the final price of the aircraft has not been published yet, it is expected that it will be ready by 2023 and great success is predicted.

 

Thailand plans to open a national shipping company

Thailand plans to open a national shipping company, to minimize dependence on foreign vessels. The announcement of this new plan was made by the Ministry of Transport of Thailand, adding that another objective is to encourage commercial exchange in Thailand.

Although it is still in the study phase, Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s Transport Minister, said that the Thai port authorities have already received instruction to assess the viability of a shipping line during the next month.

If feasible, the national shipping company would have three independent branches, the first for cargo movement in the Asian region, the second for cabotage, and the last for exchange with other regions worldwide.

Subsequently, once the feasibility tests have been carried out by the competent authorities, they may be presented to the cabinet during the first months of 2022.

If the procedure is positive, the creation of a national shipping company in Thailand would begin in the middle of the year.

As mentioned in previous lines, it is not only about the independence of foreign ships, but also about promoting maritime trade in Thailand.

In this way, strengthening logistics ties with the Thai Gulf and the Andaman Sea is part of the plans to expand and strengthen connections.

Read the full note at Portal Portuario.

 

 

 

Rolls Royce’s new marine automation portfolio

Rolls Royce presented its new marine automation portfolio called MTU NautLQ the last September 14. The new range of products is made for ship control systems and platform management for all types of ultra-modern vessels. As well as older ones, thus allowing the collection and analysis of both own and third-party data with great efficiency and reducing the risks of obsolescence.

The creation of the new Rolls Royce product portfolio is part of the Power Systems business unit that seeks to provide efficiency. Forward-looking integrated state-of-the-art automation solutions that will contribute to developing more sustainable vessels, minimizing fuel consumption and emissions of CO2.

All the products of the MTU NautLQ family have been developed with the last technologies’ software. That allows easy integration and updating, facilitating the optimal operation of the equipment, and that can be included in both commercial, naval, and recreational boats.

With this type of innovative solution, Rolls Royce seeks to integrate all vessel systems, turning them into a single intelligent global system. Offering data for predictive maintenance, and helping the crew onboard to operate with maximum efficiency, reducing the chances that some component fails.

These innovations have been developed thanks to the collaboration of Rolls Royce Power Systems and Sea machines Robotics, which will continue to work in alliance to develop cutting-edge technology that analyzes all the data of the ships and intelligently controls the information.

Source: 

https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases/2021/14-09-2021-world-premiere-for-rolls-royces-mtu-nautiq-marine-automation-portfolio-at-dsei.aspx