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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 78
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Dear ARC members and friends, 

This is our first issue this year, therefore we would like to wish our readers a Happy New Year! As 2017 is just beginning, IATA's Houman Goudarzi warns us about the technologies that will revolutionise the aviation sector this year. As we're talking about technology, it is possible now to measure noise with your own smartphone, as the study we selected for you implies. Further on, this issue puts emphasis on sustainability, as Gatwick turns waste into energy, Stockholm Arlanda introduces biofuel as standard and pioneering "On Wings of Waste" flight proves that plastic waste can be transformed from a pollutant into a viable alternative jet fuel. 

For more news, check below! We wish you a productive week and we invite you to engage with us on our social media channels!

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the ARC Secretariat
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Sergi Alegre

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Erich Valentin
Lars Birger Salvesen
Anne Devitt
Vladimir Vytiska
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Petra Holm
Alexandra Covrig

Upcoming Events
Aviation Strategy: Meeting with MEP Pavel Telicka
Ultra Fine Particles in Airport Regions
ARC General Assembly 2017

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IATA’s Houman Goudarzi gives us an insight of the technologies that will revolutionise the aviation and airport industry in 2017: drones, augmented reality, chatbots, new distribution capability industry program and more. 
 
Pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell made history by flying a light aircraft across Australia using the “10% solution” : 10% fuel derived from plastic blended with conventional fuel. The pioneering ‘On Wings of Waste’ flight proves that end-of-life plastic waste can be transformed from a pollutant into a viable alternative jet fuel and can also be used for any diesel engine. 
Liège Airport confirmed in 2016 its leadership as Cargo airport in Belgium with more than 660,000 tons of freight passing through the Liège facilities.This activity represents an increase of 1.7% compared to 2015. Liège Airport will continue to support freight activity thanks to the construction, in 2017, of a new cargo hall of 6,000 m². 
Stockholm Arlanda Airport took “a symbolic and important step” toward encouraging the use of sustainable fuel. The airport has begun to mix biofuel with normal jet kerosene in its fuel bunkers as standard procedure. 
In early January this year, Air France celebrated the arrival of its very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner by organising four welcome flights. If you’re curious about Air France’s latest addition to its fleet and their new improved service, we recommend you this Trip Report of the “Tour de France” Welcome Flight.
Measuring noise with mobile phones is different from the traditional static observations. The users may be moving at any time. Therefore, The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, released a study on a noise-mapping method which is considered a feasible and low-cost noise-mapping solution.
Waste disposal is particularly tricky in the airport environment. In this sense, Gatwick Airport has taken measures in November 2016, as operations began on the airport's pioneering waste processing and biomass generation facility. This way, Gatwick became the only airport in the world that can dispose of Category 1 waste. How did Gatwick Airport progress since then? 
Ryanair could cease flights within Britain once the country leaves the European Union, rather than take steps to comply with new regulations. Since only 2% of Ryanair's network involves intra-UK operations, the airline may decide to withdraw the following routes: Edinburgh and Glasgow to London Stansted, Belfast to London Gatwick and three other routes from Londonberry. 
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