NT Airports Harnesses Business Clout to Promote Growth

Airports who want to exert an influence in their regions would do well to emulate an initiative started in Darwin, according to Northern Territory Airports Chief Executive Ian Kew.

Kew was watching the Territory’s economy soften as tourism stagnated and the resource boom ended when he decided it was time to take action.

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New CASA Chief to Push Hard on Reg Reform

A year after moving into the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) top job in an acting capacity, director of aviation safety Shane Carmody is pushing hard to break the authority’s legendary regulatory logjam.

While that’s been an aspiration of every incoming CASA boss for the past two decades, Carmody has an advantage over some of his predecessors: he’s been there before.

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Hood Hits his Stride in Revamped Safety Bureau

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Chief Commissioner Greg Hood reckons his current job is the best he’s ever had.

It isn’t so much the often-grim subject matter that appeals to him but the dedication of the organisation’s team of highly-trained investigators and the opportunity to save lives and make a difference.

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Biometrics the New Face of Airport Technology

Beacons and biometrics are expected to be among the hot emerging airport technologies as IT spending in the sector picks up.

Information technology spend as a percentage of airport revenue fell globally in 2016 but technology company SITA expects a resurgence this year and next.

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Proprietary Binders the Latest Weapon in Strengthening Runways

Proprietary binders are the latest weapon in an ongoing battle to make runways more resilient and last longer but experts say they have yet to gain universal acceptance.

They join an arsenal that has steadily increased since bigger and heavier planes — coupled with a desire to boost the lifespan of runway paving from 10 to 15 years — saw a move away from unmodified bitumen almost two decades ago.

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Double Airline Blow Turns into Twin Successes for Narrabri

The collapse of Brindabella Airlines in late 2013 and the similar fate suffered six months later by replacement Vincent Aviation was a double blow for the NSW regional town of Narrabri.

QantasLink, which offered relief fares from nearby Moree after the Vincent insolvency, made it clear it did not intend to fly to Narrabri and the town was left without a regular public transport (RPT) service.

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