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Aviation & Climate change: What airports can do

Aviation has a significant impact on global climate change, as aircraft and airport operations release tonnes of CO2 into the air. Though most is emitted during the fuel-intensive aircraft cruising phase, airport operations on the ground and in the surrounding airspace can have a big...

Unusual Runway Layouts: A Case for FTS

When your Airport Master Plan forecasts 130 million passengers annually by 2040, what runway layout meets that demand? Getting the design right is challenging. How can an airport determine the best runway layout for maximum capacity, efficiency and safety when the design options are both...

Fast Time Simulation to Test Before You Invest

In a complex environment like an airport or airspace, changes are notoriously difficult to implement, always time-consuming and usually require serious investment. By using Fast Time Simulation first, the solutions envisioned can be simulated, studied and analysed before any infrastructure investment is made. Results are...

Optimising Bow-Tie Use in Complex Organisations

How can an organisation get the most benefit from using the bow-tie methodology, especially when that organisation is quite complex? By integrating the tool fully into the company’s way of working, it becomes a powerful medium for obtaining relevant and broadly useful insights into the...

Minimising the Impact of Airspace Disruptions

When an airspace sector needs to be closed or has limitations placed on operations within it due to an inability to provide air traffic management services, the ANSP managing the airspace can implement temporary contingency procedures. Given the potentially high costs of such disruptions to...

Trusting Machine Learning in the Aviation Industry

A lot of data is collected in aviation and airport operations that is useful for algorithms and machine learning. Big data techniques for analysis and forecasting could increase efficiency in any number of industry objectives. Can the conservative and safety-conscious aviation industry trust machine learning?...

Why PBN is Worth It for General Aviation

As airspace becomes more congested and more noise sensitive, conventional navigation aids can begin to lose the safety and operational benefits they once offered. The advantages of implementing Performance Based Navigation instead are numerous, even for general aviation airfields and many smaller specialist operators. However,...

“It’s Not Rocket Science.” Well, Actually…

You’ve probably heard the phrase “It’s not rocket science” to indicate how something can’t be too hard to figure out. This is because the ‘rocket science’ of Aerospace Engineering is, well, hard. It is a tough field to study, but is it worth it? The...

When an Aeronautical Study Saves Money

Designing an aerodrome that complies with the Annex 14 and PANS-OPS limitation rules on obstacle surfaces can be a complex – and potentially very expensive – exercise, especially near big cities or in mountainous regions. Even less-populated areas can present problems with electricity masts or...

The Challenge of Managing Airside Waste

The worldwide boom in air transport is increasing connectivity, providing jobs and boosting economies. As with most economic growth, however, more air transport generates more waste. The need for sustainability and counteracting climate change is making effective waste management systems at airports invaluable. But one...