Aimm Brief Details
What is Aimm Movement Monitoring?
An Airport monitoring system that produces the information necessary for:
Landing Fees: Whether bulk billed for unlimited landings, or
individually billed, airports need to be paid for the use of their facilities.
-- Compliance: Owners of airports have obligations to monitor traffic
for reporting, and Health-and-Safety.
-- Risk and Incidents:
Owners have obligations to pro-actively manage risk, and in event of an incident
need be able to show they have been doing so.
Most airports get complaints about noise and low flying. To handle
these it is necessary to know what actually happened.
Airport managers/supervisors need to know who is doing what and when to be able
to manage/supervise effectively.
Aimm is like a 'Cockpit Voice Recorder'
for airports and airfields, providing proveable details of what happened so that
an incident can be resolved quickly and lessons learned to prevent a recurrance.
In the developing Health-and-Safety environment this it needed to protect the
Airport and its Supervisors from being held accountable for incidents they did
How It Works:
Aimm supplies a self contained recording unit to be
plugged into the power, broadband and Camera(s) / Airband / ADSB aerials, as
required to suit the situation. These are installed at the airport, or very close
by and record the data. Movements by ADSB equippped aircraft are
automatically entered by Aimm within a few seconds of the aircraft shutting down
at the gate. Non-adsb aircraft have their movements entered by
Aimm's transcription operators (or the
Airport's own staff) transcribing the voice radio calls. Cameras are
used where appropriate. Reports are
prepared and emailed to the client Airport each month, usually within seven days of the end of each month.
Click above for a Demonstration of Aimm radio call transcription in use.
Part of the monthly 'Dashboard' management report, showing the most active aircraft and operators
at the Airport. The first month's report for a new Client Airport often contains some surprises.
There are three Aimm versions, to suit different types of Airfield or Airport...
(1) AIMM-LITE is designed for smaller airfields/airports that do NOT charge landing fees individually, but work off
yearly bulk fees. They still need need good quality data when setting the bulk fees, and to be able to
handle compliance, complaints, management, and to have the ability to retrospectively listen to any radio call in event of an incident.
Once set up,
the only Aimm-Lite costs are a low fixed subscription each month, which covers all ongoing cost...
continuity monitoring, a maintained lease of the on-site recording unit, all software, the
monthly reports, and regulatory reports at the required intervals.
Voice calls are not routinely transcribed so there is no transcription cost. A lot of work has gone
into automating Aimm-Lite to get the cost as low as possible, to bring the benefits
of a modern Movement Monitoring System within the reach of any financially viable
aerodrome, even if small.
(2) AIMM-PLUS is designed for Airports that DO charge Landing Fees
, and can handle towered or non-towered,
Recreational, Flight training and Regular Passenger Transport (RPT)
operations, and a wide mix of landing fees for various aircraft types with exemptions for local operators who have special
arrangements. It has the features of Aimm-Lite above, plus the landing fee functions and fully detailed spreadsheets.
Once set up, the costs depend on volume of movements, the number able to be
handled automatically by ADSB, the number remaining for Voice Call
transcription, and whether Aimm or the
Airport staff do the transcription..
(3) AIMM-REGIONAL is designed for
Regional Airports, and those with substantial Landing Fees
It has the features of Aimm-Plus (above), and provides a high level of
redundancy with Dual Units that are installed in separate buildings, preferably
on separate power supply phases.
To get a quote for your Airport and situation, Contact us
What's different about Aimm from other Methods and Systems?
Aimm is designed to assist the Airport Management in many aspects of their
task... not just collection of Landing Fees, though that is important.
RISK MANAGEMENT. Most older aircraft monitoring systems were designed for Landing Fee
collection, with that as their only function. Aimm collects
data for landing fee billing too (and very efficiently), and also puts an equal
emphasis on Risk Management
in the evolving Health & Safety environment, so that
the Airport Land Owner can show that they are fulfilling those obligations.
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT. By making full use of the power
available in 'Cloud' computing, Aimm enables the computer itself to do
much of the work, considerably reducing the human work required. The
Cloud also makes it possible for the Airport's own staff to do the radio call
transcription if they wish, (either from the airport or from home
with full timesheet control), generating employment locally rather than sending
it interstate. Aimm staff are available to fill in for a
local operator at short notice in event of sickness or holidays.
KNOWN COSTS. There are no hidden fees and the costs will be
quoted up-front, typically around half the cost of other methods...
this is possible because of Aimm's computer analysis doing much of the work, the
use of ADSB, and by making full
use of the Airport's existing billing system to eliminate duplication of those
facilities. Aimm-Plus produces a file of invoices in whatever format
is required by the Airport's existing billing system, for easy billing.
Most Airports already have efficient billing systems, so there is no point in paying someone else to do the
task when Aimm is able to feed straight into an existing system.
ALL TYPES of MOVEMENT. All monitoring methods will log
Landings, but most older systems do not log Takeoff and Touch-and-Go movements.
Aimm records ALL types of movement, so the Airport Management can show that they
are considering all aircraft activity to ensure the 'Health and Safety' of their
staff, contractors, pilots and the public. This is also able to detect that a a
landing was missed, and Aimm will insert a landing if it can deduce from the
takeoffs that a landing must have occurred but has not been detected.
This one function adds significant revenue for some airports.
IMPARTIAL ADVICE. Aimm can be paid for its services by either a percentage
of landing fees billed, or a fixed monthly subscription for those with a large number of
yearly bulk charge aircraft. So it's staff have no hesitation in recommending that an airport use
yearly bulk billing rather than charging for each landing, if that would be more
efficient. Aimm has many clients who collect
individual Landing Fees
... and many who work
of Bulk Yearly Fees only but still need the Risk Management and Compliance functions,
and need the automated reports to set the bulk yearly fees. Being
neither for nor against individual landing fees, Aimm is free to recommend the
income generation and Funding
methods that best suit each of its clients.
WE are AIRPORT OPERATORS OURSELVES. The Aimm team developed
Aimm for their own Airport, and it was taken up by other Airfields and Airports. ;
Clients often comment that this 'Airport centric' approach shows in the easy
operation of our systems. We don't need to be persuaded to make changes as
the 'Health and Safety' or Air Traffic environment evolves... we live in your world and
often make the changes our clients need, at no-charge, before anyone asks. We
need them too!
Operating an Airport
requires a different set of skills than operating an Aero Club or Aircraft
, and not all people
charged with overseeing an Airfield / Airport have an Airport management
background. Our senior staff are readily available to Clients for
discussion of challenges and opportunites, which can take the form of a short
discussion at no charge, or a full consultancy with written reports at normal
industry rates. Sometimes just being able to bounce ideas off someone else
makes the solution obvious.
INCIDENTS. At many airfields, a Flying School or Local Aircraft Operator does a good job of
the day-to-day management but, in the event of an incident you (as land owner) do need to be able to
show that you are aware of the changing patterns of air traffic and have reviewed these to
confirm that the facility is being appropriately managed.
REGULATORY / COMPLIANCE / PLANNING APPROVAL. Aerodromes are bound by a different set of regulations
than are other facilities. They are exempt from some normal regulations and are required to comply with specific Aviation regulations for
operations, noise, planning, building and many other situations.
If the airfield / airport's operating consent has movement or time limits, and if the activity level is challenged, the reports can
provide evidence that it is operating as entitled.
These requirements cannot be met without full records of every movement... just the 'landing' revenue
records on their own are insufficient.
NOISE COMPLAINTS. Most airfields / airports occasional need to be able to show which
aircraft did what, when and why (or that an offending aircraft was NOT associated
with them), so that noise or low-flying complaints
can be answered
quickly. Usually this can be handled by
the airport itself listening to the radio calls for a few minutes around the particular time.
All Aimm systems (including Aimm-Lite), make it easy for the airport operator to listen to any radio call
and view the ADSB positions, for any time period from the last
few minutes back for three years,
from any Internet capable device that can play a 'wav' file and receive an email
(most can). Complaints are best handled
quickly before the complainant escalates it to other parties. This ability to listen to calls
remotely, is a major benefit for Operations Managers at Airports as it avoids the need for a quick visit to the airport after hours
or at weekends.
Aimm management can certify correctness of radio calls and transcribe them in a legally defendable way if the situation requires this.
SEARCH and RESCUE. All Aimm systems (inc Aimm-Lite), let the Airport operator
assist Search and Rescue when necessary, by lremotely listening to radio calls
and viewing the ADSB positions up to the last few minutes. This
Voice and ADSB data is for ALL aircraft within reception range, including those
MANAGEMENT. Management Boards / Supervisors need to have the whole picture of movements available in order to be able
to set the Individual Landing fees, and Bulk yearly Fees, at an appropriate level. To manage any business effectively, it is necessary to
have good information on who is doing what, and how often. When an Airport puts in Aimm and gets the
first month's reports, they often discover regular users of the airport that they were not aware existed.
TIMELY REPORTING. Management and Billing Reports
are emailed within one week of the end of each month to any number of
recipients showing graphs and collated summaries of activity. This enables invoices to be sent out while the visit to the airport is still fresh in the pilots mind
(which reduces queries) and the Management reports mean that a monthly Board / Supervisor meeting has
up-to-date information on which to make informed decisions.
Information for Reporting and Compliance is provided monthly, and (not
shown) specific information required for Civil Aviation Authory reporting
every three months with links for on-line fileing to remain in compliance.
Local Body and Central Govt managed airports operate under many constraints, and Aimm
has been specifically designed to meet their needs with no hassle for the Officer-in-Charge.
--- Liability. Councils as Land Owners of an Aerodrome tend to be the 'last one standing' after an incident that
leads to litigation. It is important that Airports / Airfields on Council owned land have good
written reports that can withstand challenge from any aggrieved parties.
--- Complaints. Complainants are often ratepayers, and so a high standard of complaint resolution is
demanded... which necessarily requires that the investigating officer is able to quickly access
records (and if necessary voice calls and ADSB positions, to back those up). Aimm provides these.
--- Cost recovery. To a greater extent than private or company owned Airports, Council owned airports have multiple policy
objectives that can't just be measured by income. They are an essential public amenity, part of the civil defence network, and
required to be available for emergency services.
The Airport may be required to be cost-neutral .... or the Council may be willing to subsidise its operations
as part of the amenities of the district .... or the Airport may be required to generate a surplus.
Whatever the objectives the OiC is required to satisfy, they need to be able to show that they are doing so...
provide clear written evidence that the facilities are being
operated in accordance with the policy instructions given to the OiC.
... To assist Acoustic Engineers by providing the data they need.
... How it works, What it costs.
... Tips and discussions from other Airport Managers