Safety

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...

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,...

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...

To70’s Civil Aviation Safety Review 2018

Sadly, the historical lack of fatal civil aviation accidents involving large turbojet-powered passenger aircraft in 2017 was not to be continued in 2018. In fact, the number rose to slightly above the most recent five-year average. Whilst aviation is still one of the safest modes...

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...

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...

A balanced approach to the passenger journey

Improving passenger experience is a hot topic in the aviation industry. Too often, though, it results in the optimisation of a singular efficiency aspect. That approach is simply too narrow to improve overall passenger satisfaction. A balanced approach between efficiency and experience that considers the...