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Could Schiphol’s future be at sea?

Relocating Schiphol Airport from the Netherland’s densely populated west coast into the North Sea is an idea that comes up from time to time, most recently from Schiphol’s own CEO. If anyone can engineer a large offshore island airport, it’s probably the Dutch. However, engineering...

No need to be blinded by solar panel benefits

If you have ever glanced out of an airplane window during a landing, chances are you have seen sunlight reflecting off water, buildings or – these days – even solar panels. More and more airports are constructing solar panels airside to help achieve their environmental...

The challenge of integrating risks

The foundation of any safety management system (SMS) is the use of a robust methodology for risk assessment. No aviation organisation would consider their SMS complete without assessing the chance certain events will occur and how severe their consequences. But what do you do when...

The dangerous relationship between wind turbines and aviation

Wind turbines are becoming increasingly popular as sources of renewable energy. And just as with airports, the preferred locations are far enough away from populated areas to minimise nuisance. If placed too close to airports, however, they create hazards to aviation, only some of which...

Corporate management’s role in aviation safety

Aviation safety has moved from an engineering challenge to a management one over the years. It is an evolution that has brought the aviation industry to a point where the accident rate is so low that it is no longer an accurate indicator for safety...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2017

The past year has been another exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety. With only three fatal accidents to passenger airliners, all involving small turbo-prop planes, 2017 was much better than could reasonably (and statistically) be expected, and was again better than last year’s remarkable...

Aviation safety is not necessarily a numbers game

A Dutch newspaper recently labelled Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport the ‘record holder for dangerous incidents’ after comparing numbers of runway incursions reported at airports of similar size. This immediately prompted politicians demanding explanations. Whilst the article itself covered only runway incursions, that headline does give food...

Learning from other modes of transport

In the world of transportation, continuous innovation is taking place in virtually every mode. Ideas spread quickly, influencing other modes in different forms. Is this cross-pollination just being copy-pasted, or is it coupled with a culture of learning from the other sector’s experience? This is...

Defining Meaningful Safety Performance Indicators

Safety performance indicators within management systems are useful tools for allowing an organisation to measure progress – and continuous improvement – of safety topics. This is as true for airlines and airports as it is for national oversight bodies. Although these indicators are extremely useful,...