More airports turning to artificial grass in 2014

Jan 16, 2014

Our world’s airports continue to be some of the busiest places on earth with millions of holiday makers coming and going. With aeroplanes landing and taking off every minute, safety and control are always held at the highest importance.

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Private jet plane crash at Aspen Airport – one dead

Jan 6, 2014

One person has died and two are seriously hurt in a plane crash at Aspen Airport as a private jet came into land.

The Challenger 600 business jet had departed from Tucson Arizona just after 10am. It is though to have made several attempts to land at this difficult airport before the accident at around 12.20pm.

Fire broke out on the aircraft after it had come to rest upside down on the runway.although airport fire crews had soon extinguished it. On board where two co-pilots and one pilot. It was one of the co-pilots that died in the crash.

Private jet plane crash at Aspen Airport

Photograph by Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism for more pictures visit Aspen Journalism.

The injuries of the two survivors have been described as ‘moderate to severe’ but they are not thought to have suffered any burn injuries.

Aspen Plane Crash Report

Several witnesses tweeted after witnessing the accident including singer LeAnn Rimes and an Adelaide couple told their story as they waited for their flight.

For the latest local news on this incident visit the Aspen Times.

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AeroParker gets £515k investment from The North West Fund for airport pre-book parking system

Nov 29, 2013

KMP Digitata, the Stockport-based digital agency, has received a £515,000 investment from The North West Fund to commercialise its proprietary software AeroParker throughout the UK, continental Europe and the US.

AeroParker is trusted mobile and online software incorporating an industry-leading airport pre book and pay ecommerce system with proven results in generating real return on investment in increasing non-aeronautical revenue for airport clients since 2000.

AeroParker the new Virtual Terminal

Today AeroParker gives an airport a “Virtual Terminal” for passengers to buy more than just airport pre book parking before they fly. AeroParker allows cross selling of lounges, car parking, fast track security and many other products all in one seamless transaction.

AeroParker is already in use at five UK airports with further white label products being used by Monarch, Premier Inn and BMI Baby.

Airport Check In

The funding, which is provided jointly by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank, will allow KMP to step up marketing and customer acquisition plans for AeroParker, significantly grow its sales, development and support team in the North West and expand sales into Europe and the US whilst underpinning innovation and further development of the software.

Jon Keefe CEO and co-founder of KMP Digitata said “This investment represents a step change for KMP. We are thrilled to secure the finance which will drive significant growth for KMP. Moreover the AeroParker product will create further opportunities to sell our specialist digital marketing services and expertise to airports in Europe and the US.”

The deal sees the KMP Digitata board extended. Joining current directors namely CEO Jon Keefe, Gerard Daring, Alan Daring and Rhodri Edwards will be Rod Hyde ex CEO of Hasgrove plc who joins as Non-Executive Chair. Andrew Cornish ex Manchester Airports Group Managing Director and Darren Payne ex head of parking at Gatwick Airport also both join in Non-Executive roles and bring extra industry and product expertise and experience.

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How to make sure your aircraft hangar is secure

Nov 14, 2013

Whether you’re already a hangar owner or looking to invest in a new building the importance of securing it from theft, vandalism, damage and Mother Nature is of significant importance, after all aircraft hangers are a big investment! The considerations you make will run from the simple to the elaborate depending on your hangar usage – from housing a privately owned craft to running a small airport, let’s start with the basics:

How Are You Using Your Hangar

Your hangar usage is the key factor in determining the level of security you will use. Privately owned hangars require less stringent security than small commercial airports but you do of course need to protect your investment.

For an airport it is recommended that you keep eyes on your property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by investing in licenced security guards but for your own property it will be more a matter of what you’re storing. Aircraft hangers are incredibly diverse, they range from small structures designed to protect a single craft from the elements to technical and controlled facilities with designated space for aircrafts, warehouse work, administration and utilities! For such an expensive environment no stone should be left unturned when it comes to security.

Standard Security

Lighting – just like when you leave your home for extended periods of time leaving the lights on can significantly decrease the chances of anyone breaking in. Security guards are an investment too far for the average private hanger but when the lights are on it creates the illusion that someone is on site keeping an eye on things.

Doors – The right doors have a significant impact on hangar security. Your doors have to be durable enough to protect your aircraft and other property while at the same time allowing you ease of access so you’re not hindered when you want to fly. There are a range of doors you can choose from with their own unique advantages:

  • Bottom Rolling Door – These doors are excellent for fast opening and closing only when they are implemented correctly into your hangar. The weight of the door panels is placed on bottom rollers which are guided from a track placed above.
  • Electric Bi-Fold Doors – These are typically known as the most economical choice of hangar door. Other types of door can require costly components such as extra foundation requirements and tracks but with an electric bi-fold door a simple electric operator is all that’s needed. These doors are space saving as well as cost-effective as they fold rather than opening inside the hangar. One of their major benefits is the fact that they tend to be incredibly weather resistant and work as a moveable wall rather than a simple door so your aircraft is well protected at all times.
  • Sliding Doors – Sliding doors can be opened on both sides so your access is completely free and they do not require a bottom rail. Sliding doors can be manually operated or for complete convenience you can invest in an electrical operating system.

How to make sure your aircraft hangar is secure

Access Control – Proper access control is important for ensuring your aircraft isn’t tampered with. If you are renting space on a site it is likely that they will have access control measures such as key codes and security guards already in place but if your hangar is on private land it is up to you to implement appropriate processes. A locked gate is essential and will stand between your hangar and unwanted visitors and ensuring sturdy locks and entry systems on your hangar door will keep it protected.

Research your options when it comes to hangar security to ensure you are choosing the most appropriate solutions for your site. Take into account the local risk factors of your area and heed advice from the experts to keep your property safe.

This post was written by Emma Smith on behalf of Enerco Direct Industrial Doorssuppliers of premium quality industrial doors who work with industry specialists in creating secure and convenient doors for hangars, warehouses and commercial environments.

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Heathrow unveils options for third runway but is it too much too late?

Jul 17, 2013 0

Heathrow Airport submitted to the Airports Commission three options for solving the lack of hub airport capacity in the UK. They see requirement for a third runway to be placed to the north, north west or south west of the existing airport.

But is this too much too late?

All three options are supposedly quicker and cheaper than any rival hub option, delivering extra capacity by 2025-9 and for £14-18bn. According to the Heathrow all three runway options ‘put millions more people within easy reach of the UK’s hub airport than non-Heathrow options and all three protect the thriving businesses and plentiful jobs that surround Heathrow‘.

Heathrow Airport Benefits

Each option has its particular benefits, but Heathrow believes the two westerly options offer clear advantages. They deliver a full-length third runway while minimising the impact on the local community from noise and compulsory house purchases.

The north west option performs better on noise* and residential property impact than the north option whilst costing slightly more and taking slightly longer to build. The south west option further improves the situation for local residents but increases the cost, timescale and construction complexity. The north option is the quickest and cheapest, but offers the least noise benefits and has the biggest residential property impact.

Over the last year, Heathrow has looked at many different ways to solve the UK’s lack of hub airport capacity. Those have been gradually whittled down to the three options we are proposing today.

Colin Matthews, Heathrow’s chief executive, said, “After half a century of vigorous debate but little action, it is clear the UK desperately needs a single hub airport with the capacity to provide the links to emerging economies which can boost UK jobs, GDP and trade. It is clear that the best solution for taxpayers, passengers and business is to build on the strength we already have at Heathrow. Today we are showing how that vision can be achieved whilst keeping the impact on local residents to an absolute minimum.”

The two westerly options are radically different from the old, short third runway proposed by BAA in the last decade and have been informed by the recent proposals by Tim Leunig. Whilst there is still more work to be done on the precise detail, we believe they show why Heathrow should be included in the Commission’s shortlist at the end of the year. Each option would raise the capacity at Heathrow to 740,000 flights a year (from the current limit of 480,000). That would cater for 130m passengers, allow the UK to compete with our international rivals and provide capacity at the UK’s hub airport for the foreseeable future.

Heathrow Airport Third Runway North Option

Heathrow Airport Third Runway North Option

A third runway would provide benefits to the UK worth £100bn present value, well in excess of the benefits from Crossrail or HS2. Each of the options could be turned into a four runway solution should the demand increase in future. This is a more cost effective solution than building a new four runway airport from scratch when we may never need one.

Heathrow Airport Third Runway North West Option

Heathrow Airport Third Runway North West Option

A new Heathrow would benefit from already planned public transport improvements, such as Crossrail, Western Rail Access and High Speed 2 and the charges per passenger would be likely to be much lower than at a new hub airport. And despite the increase in capacity, the total number of people affected by noise from aircraft will fall. This is due in part to the westerly options being positioned further from London than the existing runways. Each mile the runway is moved to the west puts arriving aircraft approximately 300ft higher over London. Continued improvements in aircraft and air traffic technology will also result in fewer people being disturbed. As a result, even with a third runway there will be 10-20% fewer people within Heathrow’s noise footprint in 2030 than today.

Heathrow Airport Third Runway South West Option

Heathrow Airport Third Runway South West Option

Expansion at Heathrow can also be met within EU climate change targets. This is made possible by continued improvements to aircraft efficiency which mean that air traffic could double by 2050 without a substantial increase in emissions. If carbon trading is included, emissions would be reduced. Similarly Heathrow would improve local air quality in line with EU standards because of cleaner vehicles and the increased proportion of passengers using public transport.

There are other options on the table outside of Heathrow. A project favoured by Boris Johnson is an all new airport to the east of London in the Thames estuary, north Kent.  Although it would remove the ‘stress’ from Heathrow it may also mean that jobs are lost there too. Bird strikes could be an issue, a lack of infrastructure is a major stumbling block and there is the small problem of the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery which sank in 1944 in very shallow water. This ship has around 1,400 tons of explosives on board and a safe way to remove the wreck and cargo has not yet been found!

An additional runway could be added to Gatwick and with Luton and Stanstead to the north of the capital there are further options at these locations that could take the extra capacity away from Heathrow.

It may be the international airlines that eventually force the decision of where expansion takes place. With profits at the top of their agendas along with making it as easy as possible to maintain passenger retention regarding connecting flights  as many have connection flights from LHR – we  my just see aircraft landing on top of the M25 ( on the south west runway!).

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