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- From: "squilty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <squilty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 22:49:00 -0400
Not sure if you are aware that I have been working through AAAE
for the last 5-years at the Incheon International Airport on similar
needs. Specific to IIAC, I developed AAAE's International Certified
Member program which is similar to the AAAE Certified Member
Program except that it has been adapted to ICAO standards. Ten
modules make up the international requirements. IIAC, as you are
perhaps well aware, is a three year young airport. I also helped in
setting up their operations manaul to be used for certification
since they also are working on an overall SMS.
The SMS is primarily targeted toward ATC operations at this point,
but ICAO placed a deadline on participating countries to work on
airport certification issues as well (which sounds like what you are
doing). If I recall properly, because of the capabilites of the US ATC
system, the FAA ATC system is being used as a model for SMS at
other countries. I believe the FAA already turned over last year to
ICAO an ATC guidance manual (recall reading about it in the ICAO
Journal). I believe FAA is sharing their expertise with ICAO on
airport related issues, but there is already so much documentation
out there (Advisory Circulars, FAA Orders, etc.) that formal
guidance probably not be provided (I seem to recall hearing or
reading that). Recall that each State must develop their own
certification procedures based upon that country's own laws. The
U.S. System would not transfer well to many of the ICAO States,
but it certainly can be used as a model. I'd just take what I know
about the U.S. system, look at the laws and structure and
organization of the target country, and help them to develop the
best practices as you describe.
The requirement for States to implement a SMS at airports is
currently focused on having each State's Ministry establish a SMS
for the certification of airports. That should have been completed
last November. It is now starting to focus on individual airports
within the States. Amendment 4 to Annex 14 addresses the
requirements for certifying airports. All public international airports
are required to have a SMS in place by November 24, 2005. The
SMS here in the U.S. is our certification process. Most States
outside the U.S. do not have such a system for certification of
airports. The SMS, for those of you not familiar, is a system of
procedures and practices to ensure the airport meets ICAO and
the a State's own standards and includes what we take for
granted: inspection, discover of discrepencies, resolution, follow
up, and reporting to the air carriers and ICAO.
Roy Eckrose and William Greene, both P.E.'s, did something
similar to what you are talking about on war stories back in 1987.
They published a book entitled "How to Assure the Future of Your
Airport" It was a series of articles that they had collected and
written over the years of doing airport work. It has some real
practical knowledge material, but was updated in 1993 and the
format is more informational rather than anectodal or story telling.
AAAE's new A.C.E. program is doing something similar, I think.
They've put together knowledge and BMP-type information for four
specific areas: operations, lighting/electrical, commuications
centers, and security. Might want to check those out. Trust me,
writing isn't all that fun ;-)
Hope this info is of value. Let me know how I can help.
Bowling Green State University
>Date: 30-Jul-2004 05:10:16 -0400
>From: "Stephen Irwin" <stepheni@xxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: CAA: Mutual Help List, "Safety Information"
>Since leaving active airport management in 1997 I have been
>consulting work in the Annex 14 arena for a couple of countries,
>recently in Taiwan where I am helping the CAA create their Airport
>(Aerodrome in ICAO speak) Certification processes. As part of
>certification process the CAA and eventually each airport must
>Safety Management System (SMS). Having worked at four
>airports, primarily in Operations I have a pretty good appreciation
>the development of SMSs -- I understand that the FAA is working
>develop guidance on SMS development for US Airports and ATC.
Can any one
>confirm that fact?
>I am also wondering if there is any interest in a group of
>"operationally" oriented airport operators working together to
>"best practices" in airport operations handbook (for the lack of a
>better term). It seems that we like to trade war stories at the
>association meetings and most of the lore is passed from
>person but never seem to get reduced to writing. Might be a fun
>Regards to all,
>Critical Path, Inc.
>550 Colorado Gulch
>Missoula, MT, USA
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