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Page 16 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC JAN-FEB , 2019 uberchat... Getting the stick from Ireland AUSTRALIA recently got the stick from the Gaelic Athletics Association, but not in a nega- tive way. The asso- ciation ap- proached the Australian Em- bassy in Dublin to ask how best to get 150 hurleys into Australia for a hurling match at an Irish festival in Sydney. The sticks, made of ash wood, came in safely as air freight, with full biosecurity clearance. To ensure there were no unnecessary obstacles, Department of Agriculture and Water Resourc- es officials worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade across four cities - Dublin, Brussels, Canberra and Sydney - to facilitate the arrival of these unusual (well, not for the Irish) wooden sticks into Australia. As well as their sporting use, Ireland often gives top-end hurley sticks as official gifts to visiting presidents and the like. Southwest shows it really has heart YOU may remember the old phrase: ‘Have a heart , mate.’ Usually said plaintively, it is seldom heard today. US carrier Southwest Airlines, which op- erates a mega-fleet of 737s in bright liveries, discovered it really did have a heart. And didn’t leave it in Seattle - or in San Francisco for that matter, as per the iconic song. The heart was transported as life-critical cargo from Germany, via the Californian state capital of Sacramento to Seattle. Unfortunately, a ground handling error meant it wasn’t unload- ed there and it headed off again for another sector to Dallas. Tracking systems clicked to this when the flight was 90 minutes in, with the captain then turning back. Passengers were told what was happening and later compensated for the five-hour delay in getting to Texas. The heart wasn’t actually intended for a full transplant but for parts to be used in surgery. Airport drones the focus of new ASAS project in Sweden FUTURE airports will increasingly be more automated and remotely controlled, and drones are expected to be integrated with daily operations. Airport Surveillance for Airport Safety (ASAS), a new project from RISE Research Insti- tutes of Sweden together with LFV (Luftfartsverket), Swed- ish Regional Airports (SRF), Örnsköldsvik Airport (OER) and FlyPulse is to develop and demonstrate drone systems to help automate airports’ daily operations. With multiple stakeholders from authorities, airports and related professional domains, the project will identify user cases that address airports’ needs and develop and demonstrate drone services that help automate operations, improve airport safety, optimise resource utilisation and reduce environmental impacts. LFV introduced Remote Tow- er Center (RTC) in 2015 with the traffic control for the OER airport taken over by Sunds- vall/Midlanda airport (SDL) through remote control. Again in 2017, connected vehicles were introduced for improving airport safety based on results from the project DRI- WS – Digital Runway Incursion Warning Systems, where phys- ical stop lights were replaced by digital signals within vehicles for preventing ground vehicles approaching runways without clearance from air traffic con- trol (ATC). LFV in collaboration with OER airports now has initial- ised a program for an ’Auton- omous Airport’ within which future-orientated services will be tested and evaluated for safe, cost-effective and remotely-con- trolled automated airports. One application area involves drone services. Airport inspection includes many routine tasks such as frequent border surveillance of airport fences, wild animal detection and runway surface conditions. These tasks are usually time and labour intensive and introduce emissions when fossil-fuelled vehicles are in operation. “Instead of driving a terrain vehicle for checking the airport fences, electrically powered drones could be used for auto- matic checking, streaming live video to personnel for supervi- sion. This will save considerable amounts of time and daily vehi- cle driving and thereby reduce costs and vehicle emissions,” said Jonas Didoff, senior advisor at LFV and project manager for DRIWS. “ With advanced detec- tion techniques, the system could also inform personnel if fence damage or animals are found on the airport perimeters.” “ The airport is a special envi- ronment where close interaction with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and authorities is needed. Our drone services need to consid- er the flight schedules and be able to operate day and night, as well as in harsh weather situations,” said Jan Björn, ceo at FlyPulse. The project will last for 14 months, with a public demonstra- tion in mid 2019.