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ACI Apron Safety Handbook
12/30/2015 1:53:52 PM

ACI World launches first edition of the ACI Apron Safety Handbook
Dec 21, 2015

Montreal, 21 December 2015  -        Airports Council International (ACI) World’s Safety and Technical Standing Committee has announced the launch of the First Edition of the ACI Apron Safety Handbook. This indispensable resource brings together best practices in managing apron safety by drawing on the current expertise of airport operators around the world, and provides a comprehensive set of guidelines to enhance safety, improve operations and prevent or reduce accidents, incidents and occurrences on the apron.

With the growth in worldwide air traffic, apron operations have become increasingly complex. More and larger aircraft, changes in ground support equipment and faster turnaround times all contribute to the challenge of enhancing apron safety. The Apron Safety Handbook provides aerodrome operators with best practices on establishing a programme that covers all the major aspects of apron safety; offering safety best practices for planning and design; presents standard apron operations procedures and requirements; and gives recommendations for construction in apron areas and the maintenance of apron infrastructure.

The new Apron Safety Handbook is derived from Chapter 2 of the ACI Airside Safety Handbook (4th edition, 2010), which has been divided into three separate Handbooks: Runway Safety (published in 2014); Apron Safety; and SMS (in development). The expanded, standalone handbooks have been designed to give ACI members more robust safety guidance by offering more detailed information on each of the subjects.

Safety is our top priority at ACI, and the Apron Safety Handbook is an indispensable resource for airports looking to enhance safety on the apron, one of the most dynamic and demanding areas at the airport,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “With the pending publication of the SMS Handbook in early 2016 and the already released Runway Safety Handbook, airports will have three comprehensive reference manuals from which to draw, each containing the very latest in best practice guidance.

Global Trek Aviation Six Months On
12/17/2015 1:49:43 PM
First Six Month Report - Belfast International newcomer Global Trek Aviation have officially opened their newly built dedicated VIP terminal at Belfast’s largest airport.
Conveniently located next to the Delta ramp, customer aircraft can taxi right up to the VIP terminal entrance with chauffeur drive access all the way to the aircraft steps.
Global Trek is a full service FBO and the only corporate ground handler at the airport operating their own Jet A-1 fuel trucks. The FBO also has the full range of GSE, including GPU, wide-body air stairs, potable water and toilet trucks, diesel tugs and de-icing rigs.
Managing Director David McColm comments “Our team here in Belfast are extremely happy with our traffic figures for the six month start up period, with future growth looking very encouraging due to excellent feedback from our customers visiting Belfast”.
General Manager Gordon Bingham adds “We have handled a very wide range of client’s aircraft already, everything from Boeing 757s and BBJs to a single engine Cessna 172 off the Atlantic mixed with factory fresh Gulfstreams, air ambulance flights and special missions King Airs..  I have been supported by my dedicated team who are all fully NATA PLST Safety 1st qualified with a wealth of experience serving our customers needs”.  
Colin Gordon, Commercial Manager comments “Working closely with local and international charter brokers we are delivering a highly competitive and efficient service. Both EBACE and NBAA proved successes for us, giving Global Trek a great opportunity to introduce the company to the industry. SDC in January will allow us to build on a very good start”                      
Youthful Inspiration - Runway Aviation Club - Ghana
12/12/2015 4:12:23 PM

Readers ideas,views & support most welcome:

Runway Aviation Club - Ghana was born from an idea by Okyere Gyamena Obed who wanted to create a gateway for young Ghanians into the aviation industry. To provide a platform for our members which assists them in starting a career in aviation To educate our members on available routes into the industry To encourage our members to self-educate where possible To approach Ghanian aviation industry & investigate future opportunities for members to start careers as pilots, flight attendants, engineers, flight ops, ground ops, admin & elsewhere. To advise members on joining flying clubs To assist & promote career days & seminars To seek internships for members within the industry

Founder: Okyere Obed

See our updated website

Website sponsored by Global FBO Consult

New Avflight FBO Location
12/10/2015 8:25:05 PM

Avflight Corp. continues the expansion of its portfolio of FBOs with the addition of Avflight Gunnison at Crested Butte Regional Airport in Colorado USA.

“The acquisition of Gunnison Valley Aviation is a big win for Avflight,” said Carl Muhs, Avflight president. “We’ve long admired the exceptional service Gunnison Valley Aviation has provided its customers at KGUC. We knew it was a perfect fit as an Avflight location and are very excited to work with the airport, its personnel and the Gunnison County Commission.”

With extensive experience in acquisition management, the transition to Avflight will appear seamless to customers arriving for the ski season and smooth for existing staff, even during this high-traffic time of year.

London Biggin Hill Airport/EGKB
12/8/2015 9:15:42 PM

London Biggin Hill Airport has unveiled a "complete refurbishment" of its passenger terminal & introduced the Amsterdam Software FBO-One aircraft handling system. The airport also named Sally Powell its new FBO manager. Powell, who has been with the airport for several years, reports to business development director Robert Walters. Meanwhile Kevin Berry has been appointed deputy FBO manager.

The refurbishment includes the addition of several discrete passenger areas & a new dedicated pilot lounge. "High-quality, modern furnishings and lighting have been installed to provide a complete transformation of the facility" said Walters.

Nigerian Business Aviation Conference
12/8/2015 12:29:11 PM
NBAC builds momentum with Chairman confirmed as dates move to
17/18 March 2016.

EAN, the Lagos-based fully integrated business aviation company confirmed today that the third Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, NBAC 2016 will now take place on 17th and 18th March 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. The event is gaining momentum with the Chairman being confirmed as Alan Peaford, Editor in Chief of African Aerospace and Arabian Aerospace. Alan chaired NBAC 2014 and is well positioned to lead the event with his extensive knowledge and understanding of the West African aviation landscape.

As with the previous event 2016 will incorporate two days of panels, keynote speeches and debates. The main discussion points will focus on the theme of “Sustaining Nigeria's position on the African Business Aviation Landscape.” Discussions will incorporate changes in the business aviation sector within the national context of Nigeria, as well as the effects of regional, African and international development on the Nigerian business aviation sector.

New formats and themes will bring together a diverse range of topics. In a first for NBAC an opening panel will bring together international CAAs to discuss the creation and implementation of regulations and how these can be applied to Nigeria. The effects of reduced crude oil prices will be debated by a panel representing the full spectrum of business aviation; whilst a rotary panel will discuss the importance of linking helicopters and executive aviation to support the hydrocarbon industry in Nigeria and further afield.

Segun Demuren, CEO of EAN, founder and host of the symposium comments: “We are delighted that Alan has agreed to chair our event again. He’s extremely knowledgeable, and knows how to extract the best from our panellists and speakers to ensure the event adds value to the business aviation knowledgebase. We are excited to be hosting the event once again and look forward to welcoming delegates, speakers and sponsors.”

EAN has a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the event and companies interested in developments in this sector should contact Adedayo Olawuyi Telephone: +23 4129 50960 or +234 809 393 4033.

Jet Aviation - Award
12/7/2015 8:07:49 PM

TETERBORO, N.J. Nov 19, 2015 – Jet Aviation Flight Services is being presented with a Safety Performance award by Grey Owl Aviation Consultants.

Grey Owl Aviation’s “Above & Beyond” award recognizes significant contributions that enhance safety, teamwork and efficiency in the workplace & ultimately reduce aviation related errors. Jet Aviation was selected for having implemented Human Factors training throughout the organization, which was developed to give aviation professionals insight to the human element that affects judgment in the workplace.

“I am pleased to work with a company that strives to be proactive in their pursuit of safety,” said Richard Komarniski of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants. “Jet Aviation Flight Services manages over 200 private aircraft & is dedicated to maintaining & exceeding regulatory requirements in managing & operating corporate aircraft.”

“Our highest obligation is to ensure the health & safety of our customers,” said Don Haloburdo, VP of Jet Aviation Flight Services. “We are pleased to receive Grey Owl Aviation’s Above and Beyond award which recognizes our team of professionals & ongoing commitment to safety.”

London City/LCY
12/7/2015 6:56:12 PM

Five main bidders for London City Airport have emerged following last week’s deadline for parties to register their interest. The airport in the heart of London City was put up for sale earlier this year by the owners Global Infrastructure Partners of the USA & is estimated to be worth close to GB£2bn.

 The next stage in the bidding is set for February 2016.

The airport’s estimated worth of GB£2bn is based on a formula of 27 times its expected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation & amortisation.

In 2015, this was GB£71.5m.               


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