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Managing departures beyond airports

In this second article on airspace capacity management in growing aviation markets, we look at the advanced technique the aviation industry uses to manage departure demand. When there is too little airspace available on busy routes and adding flight paths is not an option, a...

Understanding all sides of airspace capacity

Building new airports and adding runways to meet capacity demands in strong growth markets, such as Australia, enables more aircraft operations. Unfortunately, with that also comes more constraint points. Understanding the nature of this new demand on the system is the first step in developing...

Skills every aviation consultant needs

Even with my background and experience in the aviation industry, when I joined To70 in Singapore in 2017 as a Junior Aviation Consultant, the aviation consultancy business turned out to be a whole new world. Nine months into the job, each problem or issue the...

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...

AIS to AIM: The required journey towards SWIM

Conventional paper-based aeronautical publications are notoriously difficult to update and maintain. At the same time, aviation industry growth is increasing the need for more efficient, quality aeronautical information systems that can share information in real-time. High-quality data subsequently enhances the efficiency of air traffic management...

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...

Helicopters, platforms and offshore windfarms

Continuing the topic of wind turbines and aviation from our last blog, this time we take a more in-depth look at some of the aspects that affect helicopters operating offshore. Specifically, we examine both operational and business issues surrounding offshore wind farms, their proximity to...

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...

Key to A-CDM integration: Airport predictability performance

Shared information regarding flight schedules, status and progress is an essential basis for efficient use of available airspace capacity and airport infrastructure. The success of any networked system depends, of course, on the reliability of the information being shared. Airport CDM can only be effective...

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...