Aimm Brief Details

 

Demonstration

 

How Aimm Works:

Aimm supplies a self contained recording unit to be plugged into the power, broadband and an airband radio aerial at the airfield / airport, or very close by. This records the pilot radio calls, and Aimm transcription operators (or the Airport's own staff) transcribe the aircraft movements, from which reports are prepared and emailed to the client Airport within one week of the end of each month.  Cameras are used when necessary.  Click above for a Demonstration of Aimm in use.



Airport Report most frequent aircraft and operators 


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.

 

Cost:

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, Aimm-Lite costs a fixed $295 / 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.   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, Aimm-Plus costs from $495 / month, depending on size and whether Aimm or the Airport staff do the radio call 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.  Once set up, Aimm-Regional costs from $1850 / month, depending on size and whether Aimm or the Airport staff do the radio call transcription.


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 some of the work, 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 do not collect individual Landing Fees, but 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. When it is time for a review, Aimm sends a reminder with a list of suggested review items for this purpose.

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 too incomplete.

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, for any time period from the last few minutes back for three years, from any Internet capable device that can play a 'wav' file (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 up to the last few minutes.

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.

 

 

Airport / Airfield  compliance information for Civil Aviation Authority CAA and CASA




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.

 

 

Council owned Airfields / Airports?

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 radio calls to back those up). Aimm provides this.

--- 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... Aimm's monthly reports provide clear written evidence that the facilities are being operated in accordance with the policy instructions given to the OiC.

 

 

To discuss further, and get a quote for you Airport, Contact us

 

More information about Aimm 

Landing Fees, Cost Effective Billing and Collection of Fees

Reports, Statistics and full Data for effective management and reporting

Regulatory Compliance including CASA (Australia) and CAA (NZ) Part 139 Reporting

Risk Management, Health and Safety, Incident Investigation

Complaint Resolution and Noise Management

Funding for Airports, Revenue generation, Grant Applications, Airport Master Plans.

Advice, Consultancy, and 'Virtual Manager' Service for Small to Medium Airports.

Acoustic Consultants' Data... To assist Acoustic Engineers by providing the data they need.

Brief details of Aimm... How it works, What it costs.

Newsletters for Airport Managers... Tips and discussions from other Airport Managers

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