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The problems of setting aircraft noise limits

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its long-awaited Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region. In it, the recommended maximum annual average level for aircraft noise is lower than for other modes of transport, lower than current EU policy, and lower than...

Impact of noise guidelines for the European region

Noise is one of the top environmental risks to health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and a growing concern. The just-released Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region include environmental noise guidelines for transportation noise sources, the impact of which could be considerable...

Fooling ourselves with digital transformation?

The term digital transformation gets tossed around a lot in the aviation industry these days. Digital is apparently the new normal. And the term is often applied to ‘plug-and-play’ tools from IT providers as a sales ploy, regardless of whether it is true. The idea...

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...