The management of airspace has a direct effect on airlines, airports and the broader aviation and travel industry. The rules and available technology dictate how aircraft are managed on the ground and in the air and influence the efficiency of operations. Adherence to correct flight planning rules and understanding the traffic management tools used by ATC, including standard arrival and departure routes and speed adjustment, enables airlines and pilots to operate their aircraft as part of a larger, efficient traffic pattern created to accommodate all airspace users.
You have been asked to brief some new starters to your organisation on the role of ATC to give them an understanding of the inter-dependencies on your operations. Use the example of a flight from Melbourne to Perth and conduct a flight-following exercise demonstrating the interaction between the pilot/airline and ATC, describing expectations on the expected planned routes, clearance from taxi to arrival, airspace classifications and sectorisation, etc for the day of operations.
For the aviation community to operate effectively together, up-to-date communication, navigation and surveillance technologies must be understood and employed, wherever practicable. Due to the long service times for many aircraft, legacy equipment must be maintained and supported whilst new technologies are employed to improve communication and reduce separation standards, allowing more aircraft to use the airspace at one time.
The presentation last week went well, and you have been asked to expand on the brief to give a critical evaluation of the communication, navigation, and surveillance for the flight. Use last week’s example of a flight from Melbourne to Perth and using the flight following example to evaluate the communication, navigation and surveillance expectations of the flight.
In the event of an in-flight emergency, pilots call ‘mayday’ or ‘pan’ to air traffic control to alert controllers to the severity of the incident. As with normal operations, the pilot remains in command of their aircraft at all times and is responsible for determining the safest course of action, such as where and when to land.In emergency situations, the airline is an important source of information, and may be contacted by ATC or Search and Rescue during the management and resolution of an event. Airport management and staff may also be involved in an emergency, particularly in the case of hijack or when an abnormal landing is expected. All parties need to be familiar with their role in the event of an emergency, and understand what information may be required by other parties. Emergency exercises are a good way for all stakeholders to practice their response in a controlled environment.
As an Airport manager, identify an investigation report that captures your attention and interest, and shows attribution to ATC. Critically evaluate the report recommendations and consider alternative solutions your role, or the role of ATC, might consider to prevent this from occurring in the future, or offer justification to support these recommendations based on your knowledge to date.