ADS-B: Aimm has a Mobile Device App in test sites July 2019, that uses ADS-B data to send Approach Notifications to those authorised by the airport management. This provides a significant reduction in unproductive downtime and an improvement in safety for airside staff / contractors. Typically it is used by the mower and sweeper drivers to be advised when an aircraft is five minutes from landing so they can clear the runway when, but not before (or after), it is necessary. Those working on heavier runway maintenance would set these notifications to 'first contact' which is usually around 17 minutes from landing, giving them time to clear their equipment from the runway. Note that these Approach Notifications are based on the actual position of the aircraft in real time, not just the scheduled time, so substantial savings in both unnecessary downtime and improvements in Health-and-Safety are possible.
Other people such as baggage handlers, apron staff, engineers, and VIP assistance people can work more efficiently if they can be advised of the impending arrival of a particular flight when relevant to them. Any number of Apple or Android devices can be used, and each has its own settings for approach lead-time and whether to be advised on particular flights, or all flights. Approach Notifications can also be useful for cafe and rental car companies working from the airport should the Airport Management choose to make this information available to them.
Management can use the airport moving map for general Situational Awareness, even when off the airport. The views and notifications are specific to the airport, using Aimm's historical data from the airport and its knowledge of the local conditions, the approach paths normally used by different aircraft types in the current wind conditions at the airport, the local traffic patterns and regular flights using it. This background knowledge is used to separate relevant traffic from those transitting past and the system continuously refines its ETA predictions as records of past flights accumulates.
Voice Data: Until every aircraft has ADS-B, traditional voice-derived data will continue to be necessary for any system to provide a practical monitoring service. Aimm merges the ADSB data seamlessly with Voice data into the management, safety and compliance reports to provide highly automated monitoring at lower cost than was previously possible
Part of the 'Dashboard' Management Report, sent within seven days of the end of each month.
How does it work? Aimm uses Cameras, Radio calls and ADS-B, plus other methods, to identify 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 specified flight number 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. ADSB is providing an increasingly large part of the data, but Voice-derived data will continue to be necessary for many years until EVERY aircraft is ADSB equipped at every airport.
Dashboard Report: Sent within 7 days of the end of each month, this is a summary of the month's activity in graphical form for Managers and Board members. It picks out the KPIs to provide an overview of the situation, showing the numbers and types of aircraft (planes, helicopters, gliders etc), their weights, runway used, day or night, and day of week. Comparison graphs show numbers of movement year-on-year and year-to-date. Aimm's Dashboard Report provides the knowledge from which to make fully informed decisions. Board / Supervising Committee members at an Aimm Client find this report so useful that they often instruct that they are all to receive it personally each month before each Board meeting.
Movement / Billing Report: Sent within 7 days, this is a .CSV data file with the exact details of every movement by time and date, identifying the aircraft registration, weight, runway used, its operator with their full name and address from the official register, and in the case of major airlines the flight number and actual aircraft that flew the sector. Normally sent to the accounts-receivable Dept of the Airport to be importing into the Airport's existing billing system for fully automated billing of Landing Fees. Many file formats are supported. Can also be imported into a spreadsheet to 'drill down' if further management analysis is required.
Regulatory Reporting: At the required intervals, a report is sent for submitting to the Aviation Regulatory Authority for the Airport to remain in compliance. It describes fully how to download the required form(s) and file them on-line. How, when , and the numbers to quote.
Noise Footprint Reporting: Many airports have limits on noise. Aimm
reports the LDN counts on each montly
'Dashboard' for use by Acoustic Consultants
to prepare their reports to show noise compliance.
More detail from the management Dashboard Report identifying changes in activity, which
in this case highlight a 268% increase over the last 12 months... which is good news, and the management
need to be aware of this so they can review Health-and-Safety procedures, landing fees, and support
staff... are they still appropriate for the considerable growth that has occurred?
Try it and see. Aimm staff can discuss the challenges and opportities that your Airport faces and how Aimm could handle them. If it looks like this would be a worthwhile improvement on your current method, try it and see... Aimm does not require a committment or set length contract, and any Client can discontinue the system anytime without penalty. We get very few who do not continue and are very willing to let our system's performance speak for itself.
The Radio Regulations require anyone overhearing information that is 'not intended for their information', to preserve secrecy of the communication. The Compliance section of the Ministry in charge of Radio Spectrum has advised (original document on file):
."... consideration of the safety issues involved and consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority indicate that the information about a pilot's intentions is relevant to all parties in the aerodrome area, including other pilots, the aerodrome operators and any other parties who may be affected by the aircraft movements. Accordingly, the Ministry considers that aerodrome operators are among the entitled recipients of these broadcasts and are not committing an offence by using, reproducing or disclosing those radiocommunications..."
Aimm provides services to aerodromes, using information observed visually or collected by radio / camera equipment owned or leased by the aerodrome, located on the aerodrome, and under physical control of the Aerodrome Operator. Aimm's method of operation preserves the secrecy of the communication with only the Aerodrome and Aimm personel knowing of the content and existence of specific radio communications / camera images. Aimm personel are bound by contractural obligations of secrecy.
The radio call recordings and / or images are archived on-site at the aerodrome for at least three years. Recordings / images uploaded to Aimm's 'Cloud' server are deleted after being played back / viewed, with only the billing information retained. Aimm uses a secure server and encrypted data transfers with the data exchange being initiated by the on-site unit.
Aimm will not pass to any third party, email addresses or other information that identifies an individual flight, pilot, aircraft or aerodrome, and will not use the information it holds for any purposes other than for operations of its own system, for assisting Aerodromes to manage their reporting requirements and debtors, and on rare occasions to assist Search and Rescue , Incident Investigation, or other officially sanctioned purposes.
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