Support services for aircraft stands design and allocation
Berlin Tegel Airport
Changes in the fleet mix (e.g. operations of new aircraft types, such as B787), the development of new routes as well as the increase of traffic require a continuous adaptation, extension and optimization of airports aircraft stands. Besides the actual planning and implementation of new positions, the allocation of aircraft to the stands is also crucial.
For more than 14 years airsight has been supporting Berlin-Tegel Airport’s operation and construction department in their activities. The tasks conducted by airsight include the design as well as the execution plans for new or modified aircraft stand layouts, the periodic review and adaptation of the documentation used for stands allocation, as well as technical support for the constructions on the apron required to ensure safe operations. For instance, airsight verifies on behalf of the airport operator the compliance to ICAO/EASA specifications (obstacle clearance, separation requirements etc.) or validates the feasibility of safe ground-handling processes (e.g. push-back, de-icing). These services are delivered in a time and cost-efficient manner through the utilization of specific tools (such as CAD-based ground movement simulations, aircraft type and characteristics databases, or automatic obstacle evaluation software).
With regard to updating the position management system, airsight relies on an Airport Manual Concept developed in close collaboration with the Tegel Airport. This concept foresees an annual review and update of all information related to each aircraft stands, such as aircraft types and related markings or installed guidance systems (e.g. visual docking guidance, aircraft type specific stop markings). The documentation is provided in a consistent and clear manner to the involved airport departments (e. g. further responsible for the development of aircraft stand allocation rules in an industry specific software application or for staff training), as well as to the airport ground personnel (ramp agents) and other ground handlers (e. g. fuelling services).