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Presentation at RIN NAV series conference, Avaition, Farnborough, March 2014
Presenter: Nick McFarlane of Helios
nick.mcfarlane@askhelios.com
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    Shared ANS Services for Airports Shared ANS Services for Airports Presentation Transcript

    • www.askhelios.com Management and technology consultants Nick McFarlane 26 March 2014 Shared ANS Services for Airports
    • 2 Airports face a tough time
    • 3 ACI shows that small airports are particularly vulnerable
    • 4 Economies of scale are achieved at larger airports Passengers Revenue Costs Breakeven Large fixed or ‘inelastic’ costs Economies of scale achieved here Airport making loss Airport making profit
    • 5 Even a small airport tower might require 30 staff Tower controllers – up to 10 Assistants, engineers, managers and admin – up to 10 Approach controllers – up to 10 Informal estimates suggest ATC can represent 40% of small airport operating costs
    • 6 A shared service is a concept to save money and improve quality Two innovations are required: 1. A technical innovation 2. A business innovation So what can be done?
    • 7 • DSNA provides approach control for four commercial airports from the Montpellier facility rather than each airport separately • Vantage ATS transferred the approach control for Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and created a shared approach control for the two airports • London has had a common approach control service since 1993, known as London Terminal Control Some airports already share their approach control services
    • 8 Remote Towers Remote Tower Video images of airport A technological innovation to allow Tower Control to be conducted remotely
    • 9 Sundsvall Remote Tower Centre Due in operation Q2 2014
    • 10 Other enhancements include object tracking and labelling Safety case required Remote towers are the most innovative change in airport ATC in 30 years Multiple airports can be serviced from a single remote centre
    • 11 A 2-step transition could be envisaged Step 1: Move the approach controllers to a shared ATC facility Step 2: Move the tower controllers into the facility using remote towers
    • 12 Cost saving >25% is required for each airport A likely minimum to make the transition attractive • Measured over the lifetime of the project
    • 13 Addressing staffing • Overcoming recruitment, retention problems • More staff development options • Big enough for own training services? Improvements in service • Centres of excellence • Critical mass for new developments • Reduced reliance on individuals • Easier management of annual leave obligations Benefits of a shared ATC facility
    • 14 An unmanned aircraft lands at an unmanned airport
    • 15 Buying Clubs – an innovative collaboration vehicle Buying Club Airport #1 Airport #2 Airport #n • Club makes single procurement • With common specification/SLA • Fairly long duration contract • Members contract to the club • Monthly fees in proportion to usage • Capital costs paid by supplier Clubs are not-for-profit. Benefits are shared with members
    • 16 Airport operators need to: • Identify other airports with which they could collaborate • Collectively evaluate the concept • Engage early with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Role for regional governments, trade organisations… How can airports move forwards? Feasibility study required: • To identify suitable airports to participate in the buying club • To develop the specifics of the concept for the airports concerned • To prepare a business case to evaluate the concept • To develop an outline agreement for the buying club • To identify key risks and prepare risk management plans
    • www.askhelios.com For regular updates follow us on Management and technology consultants www.askhelios.com For regular updates follow us on Nick McFarlane Managing Director Tel: +44 1252 451 651 nick.mcfarlane@askhelios.com