Advanced Apron Planning and Aircraft Stand Design

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Airport aprons, including aircraft stands, are the most active and congested areas at an airport. Their design and configuration are critical to the safety and efficiency of aircraft taxiing, servicing, fuelling, equipment staging and storage, as well as other activities.

Airport aprons have to be regularly optimised and redesigned to stay up-to-date with new aircraft fleet, technology and equipment, operational practices and also in-line with regulations, best-practices and airlines requirements.

This 3-day training course is built upon airsight’s extensive experience in apron and aircraft stands / parking position optimisation applied at many international clients (Sydney, Auckland, Brussels, Hannover, Yaoundé and Luxembourg).

Participants will learn through both theoretical modules and practical exercise the advanced design considerations related to apron layout and aircraft stand design. Based on several real-life case studies, airsight will present the newest operational practices, e.g. walk-in / walk-out aircraft stands, triple lane concept, storage area optimisation, harmonisation of apron signs and markings.

This course targets professionals involved in aerodrome planning and design, operations and compliance. This include airport planners and engineers, aerodrome compliance managers, auditors, and not to forget Civil Aviation Authorities and regulatory oversight personnel.

Please note: This course can be booked as an In-house version in German or English - however, the course material is only available in English.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 3 days

Course Content


  • Definitions
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Relevant aircraft characteristics
  • Obstacle clearance requirements / separation distances

Apron layout

  • General considerations
    • Types of aprons
    • Terminal concepts
    • Required number of aircraft stands
  • Taxiway/taxilane system
    • Concepts (e.g. single/dual/triple lane)    
    • Apron circulation
    • Cul-de-sacs
    • Push-back zones
  • Service road system
    • Tail-of-stand
    • Head-of-stand
    • Between aircraft stands
  • Apron floodlighting

Aircraft stand layout

  • General considerations
    • Contact stands / remote stand
    • Walk boarding
    • Turn around cycle
    • Capacity considerations
    • Multiple aircraft ramp system (MARS) concepts
    • Fleet mix
  • Aircraft manoeuvring and parking
    • Stand entry and exit
    • Requirements related to guidance by marshaller
    • Requirements related to guidance by VDGS
  • Ground handlings requirements
    • Aircraft doors and service points
    • Equipment types and operational requirements (boarding, disembarking, loading, catering, fueling, power supply, pushback etc.)
    • Staging and storage of ground services equipment (GSE)
    • Specific requirements related to cargo operations / stands
  • Visual aids (markings, lighting and signage)


Denis Thiemer, Dipl.-Ing.

Denis is a transport engineer, specialised in aerodrome planning, with wide ranging experience in airside infrastructure design, aerodrome operations and safety as well as compliance with ICAO SARPs and EASA aerodrome regulations. 

He supports numerous airports worldwide in planning and design tasks, compliance inspections and audits. One of Denis’s core competences is airside operations, assisting clients in developing innovative operational concepts for safe and efficient airside operations. 

Denis has expert knowledge and expertise in airport expansion and rehabilitation projects, including aeronautical studies, obstruction surveys and safety cases as well as the planning of accompanying measures related to extensive construction activities on airports. 

His most recent projects include Berlin, Munich, Hannover, Hamburg and Luxembourg airports as well as Auckland (NZ), Brussels, Sydney, Jamaica and Yaoundé and Douala Airports.

Target Group

  • Airport operations managers
  • Airport engineers and planners
  • CAA aerodrome inspectors
  • Aerodrome auditors
  • Architects and civil engineers

Organisational Details

The course hours are scheduled as follows:

first training day:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
mid-training days:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
last training day:    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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