Shared ANS Services for Airports


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Presentation at RIN NAV series conference, Aviation, Farnborough, March 2014
Presenter: Nick McFarlane of Helios
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Shared ANS Services for Airports

  1. 1. Management and technology consultants Nick McFarlane 26 March 2014 Shared ANS Services for Airports
  2. 2. 2 Airports face a tough time
  3. 3. 3 ACI shows that small airports are particularly vulnerable
  4. 4. 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. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. 8 Remote Towers Remote Tower Video images of airport A technological innovation to allow Tower Control to be conducted remotely
  9. 9. 9 Sundsvall Remote Tower Centre Due in operation Q2 2014
  10. 10. 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. 11. 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. 12. 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. 13. 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. 14. 14 An unmanned aircraft lands at an unmanned airport
  15. 15. 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. 16. 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
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