Regulatory Requirements for Providers of Ground-Handling and Apron Management Services at Aerodromes

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
+49 30 45803177training@airsight.de

EASA has highlighted GH Services as an area where a number of occurrences take place, resulting in damage to aircraft and equipment, and physical injuries, which have significant impacts on aerodrome operators and GHSPs. Their aim in developing new regulations is to maintain a high level of safety and a level playing field across Europe. Furthermore, compliance with common rules will permit free movement of persons and services in the EU.

The Basic Regulation 2018/1139 contains Essential Requirements (Annex VII parts 4 and 5) for Ground Handling Service providers (GHSPs) and Providers of Apron Management Services (PAMS).  Regulation (EU) 2020/1234 amended the aerodrome Reg (EU) 139/2014 to include Implementing Rules (IR’s) for the provision of Apron Management Services (AMS); and, as a result of Rulemaking Task (RMT) 0728 EASA has now published a Working Paper together with proposed Rules for Ground-handling Services (GHS) and Providers (GHSP).  These proposed Rules (in a form similar to an Advanced-NPA) include ARGH (Authority Requirements), ORGH (Organisation Requirements) and GH.OPS.  It is expected that Rules for GHSP will be adopted in 2024. 

This 2-day course is intended to assist ADR Operators and Competent Authority Inspectors understand the proposed new Regulations for GHSP, and discuss some of the problems that might arise at specific Aerodromes with Application and Oversight.  Part of this process will address the combinations where an ADR Operator may or may not provide some AMS and some GHS; with the intention of separating Responsibilities and avoiding duplications in Management and Oversight. 

Ground-handling Organisations will need to apply these Rules, fully, and they will also need to comprehend the structure of EU/EASA Regulations and Rulemaking, and the application of CA Oversight.  This course can be adopted for in-house training, to include an Introduction to the EU/EASA System.

Course Details

Location:Berlin
Language:English
Date:05.12. - 06.12.2023
Duration:2 days

Course Fee

The course fee includes the registration, training material and examination. For non-virtual courses, coffee breaks and business lunch are also included.

1.395,00 EUR
excl. VAT
1.255,50 EUR
incl. VAT
1.494,05 EUR

For courses in Berlin:

All customers will be charged 19% VAT.

The final price will be shown on your invoice.

Course Content

Development of the GH Rules

  • Rulemaking Task for Ground Handling Services (GHS) and Service Providers (GHSP)
  • EASA Working Paper on the Draft Ground Handling Regulations
  • Feedback from the EASA Webinar on proposed Ground Handling Regulations

Existing Regulations

  • The Basic Regulation & Essential Requirements
  • Regulation 139/2014 for Aerodromes and aerodrome operators, including:
    • Requirements for Providers of Apron Management Services
    • Apron Operations & Safety
    • Coordination and Cooperation with aerodrome Safety Programmes and Emergency Planning
    • Monitoring requirements
    • Maintenance requirements
  • Reg 965/2012 for Air Operations and Operators – ground handling and quality management requirements
  • Directive 96/67/EC on Access to Ground Handling Markets

Proposed Regulation for Ground Handling Services and Providers thereof

  • The Cover Regulation Articles
  • Definitions
  • Authority Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.AR.GH
  • Organisation Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.OR.GH
  • Operational Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.OPS.GH

Subjects of Focus

  • Declarations made by Ground Handling Service Providers
  • Oversight and Enforcement requirements for the Competent Authority
  • Change Management
  • Sub-contracting and Other Organisations
  • Management System & Reporting Requirements 
  • Language Proficiency
  • Ground Handling Services:
    • Passenger & Baggage Handling
    • Cargo and Mail Handling
    • Ramp Activities
    • Aircraft Servicing
    • Operation and Maintenance of Ground Servicing Equipment (GSE)
    • Daily Briefings
    • Driver and Vehicle Authorisations
    • Marshalling & Marshaller Training

Specific Examples
Examples will be presented for more detailed discussion concerning the application of thee prosed Rules, such as:

  • Dangerous Goods handling
  • Fuel Handling
  • De/Anti-icing of Aircraft
  • Organisations, including Aerodrome Operators providing Ground Handling and/or Apron Management Services

Trainer

Moritz Kaschel, M.Sc.

Moritz holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is further specialised in Airport Management Systems, Auditing and Aerodrome Planning. As a member of airsight’s consulting team, these combined competencies enable him to assist Aerodromes within their certification process and related fields (e.g. compliance checks and inspections, manuals and procedures, ground handling processes).

At airsight, he conducted several projects for airports such as Dublin, Milan, Luxembourg and others. He also conducted inspections of their airside infrastructure (incl. signs, lights, marking), including the assessment of the pavement conditions - using drones (as holding a commercial UAV operator license and radiotelephone operator´s certificate).

More recently, Moritz assisted Luxembourg Airport to obtain a new certificate in accordance to the new EASA requirements – a task of several months requiring a good knowledge of the applicable regulations as well as project management skill.

With his broad ranging experience regarding Airport Management Systems and Compliance, he is an instructor for multiple airsight courses.

Target Group

  • Providers of Apron Management Services (this might include some Air Operator, ANS and Aerodrome Operator personnel).
  • Ground-Handling Service Providers.
  • Aerodrome Operators
  • Competent Authorities
  • Key post-holders and other decision-makers, especially compliance and safety.
  • Aerodrome coordination and liaison managers, including contract managers
  • Senior management (one-day briefing)
  • Middle management and decision-makers (two-day course)
  • Aerodrome inspectors and Inspectors of PAMS & GHSPs.

Course Location

InterCityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Telefon: +49 30 288755-0

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. The accommodation and travel costs are at the charge of the participants. Please note that airsight does not perform any travel and hotel bookings for the participants. Rooms can however be booked directly by the participants by contacting the hotel.

The course fee includes the registration, training material and examination. For non-virtual courses, coffee breaks and business lunch are also included. 

Organisational Details

The course hours are scheduled as follows:

first training day:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
last training day:    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Coffee breaks and business lunch are included in the course fee. 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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Course Details

Location:In-house
Language:English
Duration:2 days

Course Content

Development of the GH Rules

  • Rulemaking Task for Ground Handling Services (GHS) and Service Providers (GHSP)
  • EASA Working Paper on the Draft Ground Handling Regulations
  • Feedback from the EASA Webinar on proposed Ground Handling Regulations

Existing Regulations

  • The Basic Regulation & Essential Requirements
  • Regulation 139/2014 for Aerodromes and aerodrome operators, including:
    • Requirements for Providers of Apron Management Services
    • Apron Operations & Safety
    • Coordination and Cooperation with aerodrome Safety Programmes and Emergency Planning
    • Monitoring requirements
    • Maintenance requirements
  • Reg 965/2012 for Air Operations and Operators – ground handling and quality management requirements
  • Directive 96/67/EC on Access to Ground Handling Markets

Proposed Regulation for Ground Handling Services and Providers thereof

  • The Cover Regulation Articles
  • Definitions
  • Authority Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.AR.GH
  • Organisation Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.OR.GH
  • Operational Requirements for Ground Handling – PART.OPS.GH

Subjects of Focus

  • Declarations made by Ground Handling Service Providers
  • Oversight and Enforcement requirements for the Competent Authority
  • Change Management
  • Sub-contracting and Other Organisations
  • Management System & Reporting Requirements 
  • Language Proficiency
  • Ground Handling Services:
    • Passenger & Baggage Handling
    • Cargo and Mail Handling
    • Ramp Activities
    • Aircraft Servicing
    • Operation and Maintenance of Ground Servicing Equipment (GSE)
    • Daily Briefings
    • Driver and Vehicle Authorisations
    • Marshalling & Marshaller Training

Specific Examples
Examples will be presented for more detailed discussion concerning the application of thee prosed Rules, such as:

  • Dangerous Goods handling
  • Fuel Handling
  • De/Anti-icing of Aircraft
  • Organisations, including Aerodrome Operators providing Ground Handling and/or Apron Management Services

Trainer

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

  • Providers of Apron Management Services (this might include some Air Operator, ANS and Aerodrome Operator personnel).
  • Ground-Handling Service Providers.
  • Aerodrome Operators
  • Competent Authorities
  • Key post-holders and other decision-makers, especially compliance and safety.
  • Aerodrome coordination and liaison managers, including contract managers
  • Senior management (one-day briefing)
  • Middle management and decision-makers (two-day course)
  • Aerodrome inspectors and Inspectors of PAMS & GHSPs.

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.

About airsight Training

airsight Training course quality

airsight operates an ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System and pursues the objective to provide high quality services that fully meet the clients’ needs.

Show more