Airport Operations

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An airport operator should ensure that all operational personnel are trained and competent to operate in those safety-critical areas. There are many activities that are performed on the airside area of an airport and an understanding of these is essential for a safe and efficient conduct of aircraft and vehicle movements.

Every activity must be assessed for its safety implications, including the design and operation of the airside areas; the protection of the runway during aircraft movements; the correct procedures and phraseology to be used by drivers; and the investigation of any incidents. Wider airport operational issues to be considered are how to manage abnormal situations; and how to share the data available, adopt procedures and techniques to increase capacity.

Air Traffic Management

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The management of air traffic within an organisation encompasses many factors which involve skilled personnel and harmonised systems that allow aircraft to operate safely and efficiently within our airspace.

This management includes an appreciation of those aspects of aerodrome operations that affect the air traffic service provision; a development of the SMS through an open reporting and incident investigation system; the efficient use of all resources through teamwork; and an understanding of human reactions to critical incidents.

Safety Management

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Safety is the most important factor in any aviation operational discipline and it is essential that everyone involved has a clear understanding of how safety can be managed within their area of responsibility.

Safety assurance and awareness can be provided through regular training and awareness activities from the very basic introduction of a safety management framework; an understanding of human performance; the composition of safety assurance documentation; conducting risk assessments; through to the integration of a safety culture within an organisation.