Aviation Projects has provided assistance to the Wagner Group from the initial planning approval through to the construction and operation of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and continues to provide valuable ongoing advice and support.
Aviation Projects provided expert advice and guidance on a range of matters including the preparation of initial demand forecasts and scope of aircraft operations, concept layouts, concept airspace and aircraft flight paths and consideration of various other planning and operations matters. They have also provided advice on aeronautical infrastructure requirements and costs and operational advice on a variety of matters. Aviation Projects was able to assist with the introduction and ongoing operation of B747-800F aircraft by preparing a safety case that was approved by CASA.
Managing Director, Keith Tonkin, is thoroughly professional in all of his work and takes pride in providing a tailored solution that considers all aspects of a client’s strategic intent, including the short and long term implications of various recommended actions.
Aviation Projects has been integral to the success of our airport and continues to be a valued advisor to our business.
In the course of advising many owners of small (unregistered) aerodromes/ALAs, we have identified a simple but effective operational risk management framework that seeks to address risk to organisational objectives. The simple actions set out under each function below will make a big difference to the performance of your aerodrome.
- Have a clearly defined organisation structure and make sure the ‘Airport Manager’ is appropriately resourced
- Have someone formally trained as an Aerodrome Reporting Officer with appropriate responsibilities and reporting lines of communication and give them the time and resources they need to do their job properly
- Maintain an operations manual
- Keep a record of what happens at the aerodrome as a basis for justifying funding applications in the future
- Have a closed loop operational reporting process
Stakeholder and Community Safety
- Design, construct and operate infrastructure and facilities in accordance with appropriate standards
- Have a compliance inspection every year and implement the recommended actions
- Manage aeronautical data according to applicable regulatory requirements
- Implement a formal permission to operate process to ensure important operational information can be passed to aerodrome users
- Control access to the airside areas of the aerodrome
Planning for the future
- Have a valid master plan and formally adopt it
- Protect the aerodrome’s future airspace (OLS/PANS-OPS) and other aerodrome safeguarding measures through relevant town planning instruments
- Record aircraft movements – this is a fundamental driver of an aerodrome’s future infrastructure requirements
- Check rough order of magnitude cost estimates before you apply for funding to avoid having to reduce the scope or quality of a project in the event that costs are underestimated
- Consult stakeholders and keep them informed
- Manage expectations about noise
- Have a closed loop complaints process
- Do what you say you’re going to do and then tell people about it to build confidence in your ability to deliver desired outcomes
- Have a realistic budget
- Implement appropriate fees and charges on a user pays basis
- Accept that the aerodrome is not a profit centre – the decision is really about what loss is acceptable given the benefit that is derived
To find out more about how Aviation Projects can assist you to manage your small aerodrome, contact us.