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
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 unimited 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.
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.
However, 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 training schools are paying
effectively less than $1 per lesson, for which they charge their student $200 or
more. 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.
s. 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.
Peppercorn Aero Clubs:
Nominal rentals and low yearly bulk fees for Aero Clubs are
damaging to the club. Looking at many Airfields,
Aero Clubs that have been on very low fees for a long time are almost always in
decline. Those on
commercial landing fees for each training session are going well with strong
membership and activity. Drilling down on this, we think it is because the
arrival of a monthly landing fee bill gives the club committee regular
feedback on how they are doing. A reducing monthly bill forces them
to face the fact that they are not competing successfully for people's time in a
changing world, and prompts them to do something about it before the decline
. If very well placed at every point
that pilots exit the aircraft, and if strongly signposted, Honesty Boxes can
collect up to 15% of landing fees. Otherwise 5% is more normal.
Honesty Boxes are not effective, from either the revenue or work point of view.
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 club / school /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.
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
information, collated and
summarised where helpful and presented in fine detail where that is useful.
From this information, an experienced 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.
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
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