Airport Funding  -  Revenue Generation  -  Grant Applications  -  Master Plans

What is 'Aimm'?

A complete Movement Monitoring, Billing and Reporting system that detects more than 99% of movements 24 / 7 / 365, and reports essential data needed for:

-- Funding of Airport maintenance and improvements
-- Investor information
-- Revenue projections
-- Cash Flow estimates
-- Grant Applications
-- Airport Master Plans


Airport funding, cash flow and Master Planning data showing types and weights of aircraft

For Master Plans, Funding Applications, and general financial management it is necessary
to know the types and weights of aircraft that use the airport, and how many movements they
make. A change to heavier aircraft, or from fixed wing to helicopter activity, requires
different facilities, and often changes to the Health-and-Safety procedures in order to
maintain a safe environment for the Pilots, Staff and Contractors, and Public.



How is Aimm able to do this?

Aimm identifies for every movement: the time, date, the specific aircraft call sign or flight number, (and in the case of major airlines, the actual aircraft that flew the sector on that occasion), aircraft weight, type of aircraft, aircraft operator with full name and address, type of movement (Takeoff / Landing / TnG), and runway or helipad approach in use.    The data highlights are summarised in graphical form for Management in the monthly Dashboard Reports, and a very detailed Billing / Movement Report  in spreadsheet format for further analysis.

INCOME from MOVEMENTS: From the smallest recreational Airfield to the largest international Airport, aerodromes generate a significant part of their income from Landing Fees in one form or another. There can be a fee for each landing, or a Yearly Bulk Fee / Subscription arrangement for unlimited landings for particular aircraft, or some combination... but one way or another when an aircraft touches down then the aircraft operator needs to pay a share of the costs of maintaining the facilities.



Revenue generation

There is no  'right' or 'wrong' landing fee rate, its up to each Airport to set its own fees after considering its facilities, its expenses, and what it wants to achieve.  


Aimm sees statistics from a large number of Airports,  and some general observations have emerged:


Yearly bulk fees:  These work well for recreational flyers, but not commercial operators. Over time commercial operators either grow or cease business.   If they grow, a fixed yearly bulk fee can leave the airport unable to improve the facilities to meet the increasing service level required. When a new Aimm Client Airport gets its first monthly reports, it's common to find that their flying schools are paying for each training session, less than 10% of a casual landing fee.   Which is fine if that is what the Airport wants, and can make that decision with the benefit of knowledge.   Fees per training session are easy to set up in Aimm, and can be at a non-standard rate, either higher or lower than the casual landing fee.

Waived fees.  Airfields / Airports DO need to know what level of fees they are waiving.   E.g. a mid sized Council Airport that has everyone on yearly bulk fees. If these total $50,000,  the airport does need to know if it is waiving $180,000 in 'normal' landing fees, so that the size of the subsidy is known. This shows value delivered,  "The Council subsidised its ratepaying aviators by $130k last year", and supports the airport management, "Even though we are only collecting $50k a year, we are running a $180k enterprise and so $60k grant to reseal the carpark is a reasonable request." To provide this management information, the Aimm monthly spreadsheet shows the 'list price' for all movements, even if waived.


Aero Clubs: Clubs often have a long history on the Airport, and a lot of local knowledge.   This is a valuable resource, so Airport Management will benefit from having one or two experienced Club members (often past presidents) on the Airport Management and Safety commitees.   Both the Club and Management have a strong interest in the quality of the facilities, and maintaining the long term viability of the Airport, so the Club should be closely involved at an early stage in any decisions concerning Landing Fees and other charges.


Self reporting;     Having operators report passenger numbers and pay fees based on that works well if (and only if), the Airport can confirm the number independently by comparing to actual aircraft movement numbers for the operator. Otherwise self-reporting numbers become much less accurate over time, as various operator administrators interpret what is a 'reportable' passenger and what is not.   When wishing to change the payments basis or fees, an effective process is to sit down with the operator and ask them what fee they think reasonable per flight. Often they will suggest 50% of the casual rate would be reasonable.  This is usually an improvement for the Airport compared to a fixed fee set 20 years ago, so both parties will be satisfied with the result.



Airport Funding

Whether the Airport is generating its own income, or applying for an ongoing subsidy from a Council,  it needs hard facts and figures on its changing levels of usage... which parts of he business are expanding?   Which contracting?  Which types of activity are running a surplus?   Cost neutral?   A Deficit? 

For an Airport the aircraft movement numbers are the critical 'facts and figures' that show what is happening, so that informed decisions can be made by the Management and Board  / Supervisor.   Aimm provides this information, collated and summarised where helpful and presented in fine detail where that is useful.
From this information, the manager can see what needs to be done to service changing levels of demand, and the Board / Supervisor can consider the long term funding needs, and how those are to be met.

INVESTORS: Those Airports that have (or want) private investment need to show that they are competent managers with good systems in place to know who is doing that, when and why. Aimm's monthly reports provide this.



Grant Applications

Airports are an essential long term amenity for an area, and many levels of Government (from Local Councils on up), have funding for development of infrastructure. For smaller recreational airfields, sponsorship is often available from local businesses and lottery commissions etc  for sporting clubs, like Aero Clubs.
But no one hands out grants based on rough estimates... they need to see hards facts and figures on paper to justify their distribution, so a Grant Application needs to be supported by good written reports showing current levels of activity, to support credible estimates of future levels.

Aimm's reports provide the facts, figures, and graphs that show what is happening now and the changes over time. Some substantial Grants have been obtained by Aimm Client Airports with the supporting documentation that the Aimm system has provided. We do love to hear the words, "We got the grant, many thanks for your help..."




If there are concentrations of movements across a days of the week, or seasons... as in the above case
where the weekends are particularly busy... requests for extra funding to provide more facilities might be
justified even if the average level is not high enough to require that.
This affects Master Plans, Funding and Revenue requirements.



Airport Master Plans

Airports are often required by legislation to have a 'Master Plan'. This necessarily requires evidence of the actual level of activity now, and how it is changing over time. Aimm provides this in a cost-effective manner, with the cost often covered by the extra revenue that it makes possible to collect.

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

More information about Aimm 

Landing Fees, Cost Effective Billing 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.

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