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Managing the skies

Issue 2 2013  •  4 April 2013  •  Yap Ong Heng, Director General, CAAS

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has recently entered a Memorandum of Agreement with Nanyang Technological University to create the first Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI). International Airport Review spoke to Mr Yap Ong Heng, CAAS Director-General, about the initiativeAsia-Pacific is the world’s fastest growing region in terms of air traffic; what challenges does this present for air traffic management (ATM)?Projections are that strong growth will continue in the Asia-Pacific region. This will also raise the complexity of the air transport system in the region. Both present significant challenges for ATM, and it cannot just remain business as usual.

My first week in airport management

Issue 6 2011  •  8 December 2011  •  William Shea, Former FAA Associate Administrator

My job as Airport Manager at Burlington, Vermont Municipal Airport, from 1967 to 1971 was one of the most exciting and diverse times of my working life. Back then it was a small to medium hub airport in Northern New England. I eventually persuaded the City Council to change the name from ‘Municipal’ to Burlington (BTV) which enabled the airport to be listed on all the pilot weather charts around the world.I remember the first morning of my first week as if it was yesterday. I approached the aerodrome at dawn and surveyed the flickering of the airport’s rotating beacon light in the distance. Jetliners were approaching and departing with Vermont’s mountain range in the background. Elsewhere, Air National Guard F-102 fighters were launching into the murky, dawn sky. I could see the tails of the airline aircraft parked at the gates and beyond that, the silhouetted FAA control tower. The terminal was very busy, an upbeat environment with a rhythm of its own as travellers were arriving to catch early morning flights.

Absorbing the skies

Issue 5 2011  •  5 October 2011  •  William Shea, Former FAA Associate Administrator

World wide travel continues to grow and continues to exceed all growth forecasts. To accommodate this upturn it is essential for the expansion of new airports. This fact is magnified somewhat in America where before long we will see one billion passengers departing from U.S. airports.China, as a contrast, may be building 20 new airports with an operating time frame of two years or less. This trend will also continue in emerging markets such as Asia, South America and Africa, however the challenge for global airports remains the same; to increase the capacity and to avoid gridlock and congestion.The fact is that nations have to build new airports. Within North America and Europe a few airports will be built but will construction of these airports be enough to meet the global air travel demand. But the questions remains; where can new airports be built? Converted exmilitary/ civil airports, offshore or adjacent to shore airports are all possibilities. Many nations however, also have strict environmental restraints in building new facilities that can delay the consent and construction of a new facility. It is obvious that balance is needed.

 

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