News Listings for David Morrow

  • European study to answer datalink questions

    News | 12 Feb 2002 00:00

    <p>DAVID MORROW / MAASTRICHT</p> <p>The European Commission (EC) has initiated a wide-ranging study which aims to bring a decision on the most appropriate type of datalink for key air traffic management (ATM) applications closer.</p> <p>Designated the "datalink roadmap", the year-long study is an attempt to develop a plan for deployment of datalink applications and technologies for European ATM, and to draw up a strategy for future implementation programmes.</p> <p>Unveiled at the ATC Maastricht 2002 event in the Netherlands last week, the €500,000 ($437,000) study comes under the EC Single European Sky programme.</p> <p>EC transport officials have selected a consortium led by UK-based ATM consultancy group Helios Technology to conduct the work. Helios is being supported by partners including Airbus and the International Air Transport Association, French ATM development firm Sofreavia, Danish group Integra Consult and the University of Leiden. The consortium will co-operate with Eu
  • Air navigation - Trafficking the Silk Road

    News | 23 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>Demand for air traffic will inevitably rise as the Caspian region taps in to potentially huge oil reserves</p> <p>David Morrow/TBILISI and BAKU </p> <p>Ultra-modern petrol stations stand out like gleaming ornaments amid the otherwise decrepit infrastructure of Tbilisi, Georgia. They are reminders - if any were needed - of where the money and power lies in the Caucasus and Caspian Sea regions. And as the Caspian region begins exploiting its potentially staggering oil and natural gas resources, air traffic demand will inevitably rise. </p> <p>The present Caspian pipeline network and its air route network were originally designed to serve domestic interests and neither has adapted well to the post-Soviet era. Reconstructing the east-west Silk Road trade routes will demand a thorough airspace restructuring. </p> <p>ICAO statistics show that the Southern Ring of nine former Soviet republics and Mongolia has just one-third the number of scheduled departures of Belgium alone. </p> <p>
  • Profits hit USAir cuts ...

    News | 31 Aug 1995 23:00

    <p>USAir's short period of optimism, with its labour problems near resolution, its competitors at bay and its second quarter profit up 717 per cent, was only illusory. </p> <p>The carrier returned to square one in its labour talks in July, Southwest is preparing to enter the Florida market, long a USAir stronghold, and USAir's costs per available set mile rose in the quarter, as the airline downsized. </p> <p>The reversal of fortunes was triggered at the end of July when the airline ended a 16-month-old effort to gain $2.5 billion in voluntary concessions from its unions. Instead, it will seek to negotiate savings in contract talks over the next year-and-a-half. </p> <p>'We worked hard to reach fair agreements that would benefit both the employees and the company, but some issues proved unsolvable,' says USAir chairman Seth Schofield. 'We still intend to achieve the labour cost savings we need, but it appears it will be by a more traditional route.' </p> <p>In the voluntary talks,