Introduction to Airport Operations

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Airport operations demand the highest standards of safety, reliability, efficiency and comfort. Given a continuously growing demand for air traffic, a high concentration of movements and a limited place available to handle operations, it is required to implement optimised procedures and technologies and a close connection of all stakeholders. For instance: about 75,000 people employed by more than 500 companies ensure that up to 195,000 passengers are being carried every day at Germany’s biggest hub in Frankfurt.

Attending this 3-day training course will provide you with a structured and practical introduction to all multifaceted aspects of airport operations; exploring the functional elements of an airport including a detailed explanation of aircraft operations, airside and landside processes as well as other topics of interest, such as flight planning, safety, maintenance, winter service, emergency and rescue management.

If you are new to airport management or aerodrome operations, or have worked primarily in a specialised role only, and now wish to broaden your knowledge and understanding (perhaps to meet a promotion requirement), this course is a comprehensive and in depth introduction.

Specifically you will learn details about: the role of the airport and each of its components in the global aviation business; how different airports meet different market needs and have different requirements; aircraft operations from start-up to shut-down; operating aircraft and Aerodromes (ADR’s) in all weather conditions, including low visibility; safety management principles and how to protect the ADR and operations from threats, including obstacles and wildlife; and, the impact airport operations can have on the environment, and how these impacts can be reduced or eliminated.

Course Details

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

Course Content

Aerodrome operator in the aviation system

  • Functional roles of an airport
  • Types and categories of airports
  • Specifics of air transports

Aviation law, structures, organisations and rules

  • ICAO
  • European aerodrome requirements
  • Other organisations and materials

Airport system

  • Airside components and design principles:
    • Airspace (SIDs/STARs, holding, approach)
    • Movement area (runways, taxiways, aprons)
  • Landside components:
    • Terminals
  • Navigation and approach aids:
    • Visual aids
    • Precision approach aids
    • Non-precision approach aids
    • Surface guidance systems (markings, signs, lights, docking and guidance systems)

Aircraft operations

  • Approach (Instrument flight procedures, stabilised approach concept, missed approach)
  • Landing
  • Taxiing & pushback
  • Take-off (required / available distances, separation, etc.)
  • Air Traffic Control and apron management

All weather operations

  • Responsibilities of an airport operator
  • Airline & flight crew requirements
  • Detection, warning and information services
  • Impact of weather
  • Low visibility procedures

Aerodrome monitoring, safeguarding & protection

  • Management of obstacles
  • Movement area monitoring
  • Friction coefficient
  • Lighting
  • Maintenance and construction activities
  • Monitoring standards
  • Wildlife control

Emergency & rescue

  • Rescue and Firefighting Services (RFFS)
  • Emergency planning

Safety management

  • Anatomy of an accident
  • SMS elements and structure
  • Safety assessments

Environmental protection

  • Noise
  • Air quality
  • Water and soil


Steve Garrett

Steve is a safety trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. In recent years Steve has been supporting airsight by conducting together large studies on behalf of EASA (e.g. “study on the regulation of ground de-icing and anti-icing services”), and by delivering training on the new EU Regulations and EASA Rules for aerodromes, authorities and organisations; including, certification, management systems, accountabilities for senior management, requirements for Authority Inspectors, human factors and operations. As a professional psychotherapist Steve has developed and conducted Human Factors training courses as well as stress and anger workshops. In addition, he has been a regular contributor to the SKYbrary website, and contributed to several EUROCONTROL safety programmes. As well as designing and delivering SMS training worldwide, Steve represented Europe's regional air operators, manufacturers and aerodromes in operational and safety matters within the JAA and during the emergence of EASA. Furthermore, Steve has more than 4,000 hours as a navigator with the Royal Air Force.

Target Group

  • All new aerodrome and airport employees
  • All employees starting a career in an airport management position
  • All airport and aerodrome operator employees requiring a broader understanding of airport operations
  • All Competent Authority inspectors needing to broaden their understanding
  • All ground-handling managers and personnel needing to broaden their understanding
  • Other aviation personnel (engineering, industry or ATC personnel) who want to get a broader introduction to airport elements and processes.

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. 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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