Capacity

Regional Airport Master Planning Best Practices

Regardless of size, all airports share many characteristics. However, regional airports and smaller aerodromes usually serve very different purposes to their larger city cousins, so their strategic approach must also be different. A tailored Airport Master Plan is invaluable in ensuring that limited resources are...

GANP: Choreographing departure, route and arrival

Coordinating a flight successfully means that aircraft, crews, passengers and cargo must all be in the right place at the right time. Doing that over 100 000 times daily is an intricate ballet of resources, processes and procedures. One miscommunication can have major repercussions. Can...

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...

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,...

Working on complex ATM performance

The aim of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme is to modernise European ATM. With a very highly complex airspace, Switzerland’s ANSP skyguide is an active SESAR partner, collaborating on multiple projects. To70’s Swiss office has been providing validation and verification support for...

Zurich Airport
Capacity predictions for runway maintenance planning

When is the best time to plan runway maintenance if you operate a very busy airport? It’s a complicated question, since the answer depends on wind and weather conditions, available capacity, hours of daylight, and the complexity of the maintenance project itself, just to name...

Roadmap to terminal experience excellence

Airports spend millions on implementing new screening technology to make the passenger terminal processing flow faster and as painless as possible. Unfortunately, poor customer service can still completely defeat the purpose of innovations meant to improve the passenger experience. Passengers always remember bad customer service,...