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Issue 4 2006



Improving safety for ground handlers

1 December 2006 | By Christine Barringer, Head of Transportation Sector, Health and Safety Executive

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible, along with colleagues in Local Authorities (LAs), for enforcing health and safety legislation and standards in all work activities in Great Britain.


Taking a leap forward in safe winter operations

1 December 2006 | By Tor Børre Langedahl, Executive Director, Avinor AS, Olav Aarrestad, Partner, Terramar AS and Hans Jørgen Bugge, Senior Advisor, Terramar AS

Better than yesterday – but not as good as tomorrow. The quest for excellence characterises Avinor’s everyday activities and long-term plans in the operation of 46 airports throughout Norway’s demanding topography and harsh winter conditions.


Securing Domodedovo

1 December 2006 | By Andrey Danilov, Head of Aviation Security, Domodedovo International Airport

Security at Domodedovo International Airport is no case of Russian roulette. Lessons were learned from the terrorist events of 2004 and a commitment to innovative technology, training and technique has seen the Moscow hub exceed international standards and become a model for other airports.


Pavement maintenance management tools

1 December 2006 | By Marc Stet, Member of the CROW Airport Study Group on PCN and the Study Group on Runway Roughness

Unforeseen operational delays related to pavements are not acceptable for airport authorities. This and limitations in the available funds and resources, as well as the strong need felt by the decision makers to qualify and to quantify the consequences of allocating budgets to maintenance, has led to the situation where…


Applying TETRA at your airport

1 December 2006 | By Harald Ludwig, Chairman - Technical Forum, TETRA MoU Association

TETRA is more than just a digital radio communications system. A growing number of airport users are discovering that the rich feature set of TETRA and its broad range of data services can be used to improve the efficiency of daily tasks and workflows.


Automating ATM: “Stripless” earns its spurs

1 December 2006 | By Alain Rossier, Chief Executive Officer, skyguide

Skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation service provider, has achieved tangible improvements in both working comfort and ATC capacity since it adopted its new “stripless” air traffic management system in December 2005. To date, experience of the new system has been highly positive; the controllers’ enthusiasm for their new work-tool is a…


Leading on climate change

1 December 2006 | By Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Atlantic

I am the first to admit that I am only a recent convert to the need to tackle climate change. I was inspired after meeting the former US Vice-President, Al Gore, who convinced me that I could play a part in convincing others that it was time for urgent change.


ATM training at Entry Point North

1 December 2006 | By Anne Kathrine Jensen, Managing Director, Entry Point North AB – Nordic ATS Academy

Entry Point North AB – Nordic ATS Academy – is the outcome of a constructive partnership between the Air Navigation Service Providers in Scandinavia: Avinor AS in Norway, LFV Group in Sweden and Naviair in Denmark. The academy was officially opened in March 2006 and welcomed the first students from…


Airports and aviation weather services: A new alliance forming?

1 December 2006 | By Dr. H. Puempel, Chief of Aeronautical Meteorology Unit, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Ever since the Wright Brothers, prior to the first motorised flight, worried about prevalent wind directions in 1904, aviation and weather have been twinned by fate and forced to work together. Aviators learned to respect weather from the day that they first attempted to fly; apart from human error, it…