Growth

Pre-arrival screening – The new norm?

Yes, these are unprecedented times. Yes, we are in unchartered territory. Yes, we will bounce back from COVID-19 but make no mistake, this will be a protracted war. The world will be battling waves of viral outbreaks for at least the next 18-24 months before...

Are early ‘Turns’ on SID achievable?

Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) are commonly designed as straight, with aircraft heading the same direction as the runway until at least 400ft because excessive low-altitude banking is unsafe. Yet, there are many cases where changing course sooner could be beneficial for noise abatement, obstacle clearance,...

Intuitive airspace visualisation

Presenting 3D geographical data in a 2D report in a way that is intuitive for multiple audiences is challenging. Important characteristics get lost in a flat representation. Airspace is typically structured in complex 3D shapes and flight tracking is incomplete without information on altitudes. To...

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...

Airports and ATC: Same Team, Different Goalposts

Airport operations and air traffic control must work hand-in-hand to keep the airfield, and thus the entire airport, running smoothly. Nevertheless, these supposed close working partners in airport operations and safety may have very different priorities when it comes to efficiency optimisations. How, then, can...

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?...

“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...

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,...

Graduating in airport CDM

A graduation project is not only the final step of your education but also a great way to kick-start your career. At To70, graduate students are allowed a lot of freedom and support in shaping their own graduation projects. In this blog, I want to...

Introducing To70 Belgium

We recently expanded To70’s international network of consultants with a new European location in Belgium. The country has many of the same capacity challenges as the rest of Europe, and we believe having a foot on the ground in Belgium with both global experience and...