TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal

3rd December 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Recent activities

Detailed planning for the consultation process continues along with website design and consultation materials.

Simulation work has been completed and a final workshop was held to capture the operational procedures.

Discussions took place with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in relation to how the UK may adopt the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA).

Planned activities: December 2013

Consultation website continues to be tested.

Further meetings with key stakeholders to take place.

Timeline for consultation and post-consultation to be agreed.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal

7th November 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Recent activities

Work has continued to establish a dedicated Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) page on the TAG Farnborough Airport website, where stakeholders will have an opportunity to give their feedback on the proposed design. Technical development of the website is being undertaken.

Further real time development simulations took place at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre. These simulations tested how Farnborough air traffic interacts with Southampton Airport.

Advice from Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) regarding new European regulatory rules taken into account. Consultation to be delayed by approximately one month.

Planned activities: November 2013

Meeting with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to discuss progress on ACP.

Finalising proposed design to be taken into consultation.

Consultation website continues to be developed and tested.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal

4th October 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Recent activities

Work has continued to establish a dedicated Airspace Change Proposal page on the TAG Farnborough Airport website, where stakeholders will have an opportunity to give their feedback on the proposed design. Technical development of the website is being undertaken.

The first real time development simulations have taken place at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre. These simulations tested how Farnborough air traffic interacts with adjacent en-route sectors and Heathrow/Gatwick traffic patterns.

Planned activities: October 2013

Further real time development simulations to be carried out at TAG Farnborough Airport, which test design interactions and assess environmental aspects of design options and procedures in greater detail.

Consultation website continues to be developed.

TAG Farnborough Airport recognised for further reduction in carbon emissions

24th September 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

FARNBOROUGH – 10 September 2013 – TAG Farnborough Airport has been awarded Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Optimisation’ level, recognising a reduction in carbon emissions under the airport’s direct control, between 1 January and 31 December 2012, and the inclusion of third party and local aircraft emissions within the overall footprint. Miles Thomas, Environment Manager of TAG Farnborough Airport, was presented with the accreditation certificate by Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, at the head office of the programme administrator WSP Environment & Energy in central London today.

Airport Carbon Accreditation, launched by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in June 2009, assesses and recognises efforts by airports to manage and reduce their carbon footprint. The ‘Optimisation’ level awarded to TAG Farnborough Airport is the third of four levels of accreditation – ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’ – which measure the step-by-step process towards comprehensive carbon management and carbon neutrality.

“This accreditation reflects the progress that we and our partners have made in reducing the carbon footprint of the airport through the efficient use of energy,” said Miles Thomas. “We are one of only three airports in the UK to reach this milestone and are on target to achieve our goal of Airport Carbon Accreditation at the ‘Neutrality’ level by 2019.”

To achieve ‘Optimisation’, the airport was required to engage with third parties, including based tenants and key service providers to reduce wider airport-based carbon emissions by raising awareness and encouraging low carbon practices.

Initiatives have included enhanced energy monitoring and reporting, installation of low energy hangar lighting systems and a sustainable travel plan, which was submitted to the Hampshire County Council in 2012 and encourages staff members to adopt more carbon efficient commuting practices such as cycling, the use of public transport and car sharing.

Since 2009, when the airport published its Sustainability Charter outlining its carbon reduction strategy, it has implemented a range of other measures including the introduction of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, improvements to heating and lighting controls, and the use of voltage optimisation technology.

Olivier Jankovec said: “TAG Farnborough Airport is an excellent example of an airport advancing towards carbon neutrality by proactively reducing its carbon emissions and engaging others to do likewise. It illustrates how far they have come and the extent of their drive to be the best they can be, as they continue to ascend the four levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation, towards their ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.”

Pets welcome at TAG Farnborough Airport

23rd September 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

FARNBOROUGH – 23 September 2013 TAG Farnborough Airport has been granted permission by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) to receive animals on inbound aircraft under the Pet Travel Scheme.

Customers will have the opportunity to be accompanied by their pets while travelling both outbound and now inbound, further enhancing the overall experience of using the airport.  All pet travel will be subject to aircraft operator approval, and relevant animal checks. The pet travel service at TAG Farnborough Airport is planned to be available to customers by October 2013.

Roger Walker, Director Airport Operations, TAG Farnborough Airport, said:  “We are pleased that this new regulation, allowing pets to travel inbound, is now in place. I am sure it will be popular with our customers who want to travel with their pets.”

For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme, visit: https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-information-for-pet-owners#routes-and-transport-companies

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal Update

5th September 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Recent activities

Plans for formal consultation have been further developed.  Stakeholders will be fully engaged during the consultation period and will be able to provide feedback on the proposed airspace design via a website.  Technical development of the website is under way.

The first real time development simulations have taken place at the NATS Corporate and Technical Centre.  These simulations test how Farnborough air traffic interacts with adjacent en-route sectors and Heathrow/Gatwick traffic patterns.

Planned activities: September 2013

Further real time development simulations to be carried out, which test design interactions and assess environmental aspects of design options and procedures.

TAG Farnborough Airport enhances maintenance and servicing offering

14th August 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport’s local planning authority, Rushmoor Borough Council, granted permission to enhance the maintenance and servicing of aircraft offered at the airport, on 18 July 2013. Selected maintenance and servicing work, which was previously restricted to the airport’s operational hours, is now permitted 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Out of hours work is authorised to take place in the airport’s existing maintenance facilities and on its apron, providing it does not transmit noise to surrounding property. Therefore, no work outside of the airport’s maintenance buildings is permitted to involve the running of aircraft engines or the use of air tools and is limited to internal diagnostics and servicing.

This consent enables the airport-based engineering companies to offer overnight servicing to aircraft which arrive in the evening and plan to depart the following morning

TAG Farnborough Airport cycle team takes on an Olympic challenge

6th August 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

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Five TAG Farnborough Airport employees successfully completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a 100-mile cycle race through London and Surrey celebrating the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on Sunday 4 August 2013. The team’s efforts were in support of the airport’s Sustainable Travel Plan, which encourages staff to cycle to work as part of a wider commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Peter Cuthbert, Safety Co-ordinator (far left); Eddie Knighton, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Manager (centre left); Mike Kettley, Customer Service Agent (centre right); and Tim Mason, Customer Service Agent (far right) each cycled 25 miles to complete the business relay in five hours and 25 minutes. Miles Thomas, Environment Manager (centre), completed the full 100-mile course in six hours and four minutes.

“It was a privilege to take part in the first RideLondon-Surrey 100 and cycle the Olympic route,” said Thomas. “Each team member used their daily commute to train for the event, supporting our commitment to sustainable staff travel and reducing emissions.”

Since 2008, the airport has supported the Government’s cycle to work initiative, Cyclescheme, with over 30% of the workforce using the scheme to purchase a bike to date.

The airport is also an active member of the Farnborough Travel Plan Network, which is run in partnership with Hampshire Country Council and WSP consultants and brings together local businesses to share best practice and develop opportunities for sustainable travel.

Fleet-based bike shop Pedal Heaven supported the team by providing shirt sponsorship as well as energy products and spare inner tubes for the race.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal

5th August 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities
 
Work has continued to establish a dedicated Airspace Change Proposal page on the TAG Farnborough Airport website.

Preparation work has continued for the formal consultation later this year.

 

Planned activities: August 2013

Dedicated Airspace Change Proposal page to be launched on the TAG Farnborough Airport website.

NATS to carry out real time simulations to test the favoured pre-consultation airspace design option at its corporate and technical facility in Fareham. This is aimed to assess various aspects of the design including environmental considerations, before it is taken to formal consultation later this year.

Further preparation work to be carried out for the formal consultation later this year.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal

4th July 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities

TAG Farnborough Airport and NATS provided an update on the status of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) to the FACC on Thursday 27 June 2013. The committee was informed about how the proposed airspace design could affect arrival and departure routes. It was also asked to provide feedback on how best to engage with the communities they represent.

The pre-consultation airspace design has continued to be developed with stakeholder input. A favoured design has been identified, which will be subjected to simulation testing, before it is taken to formal consultation later this year

Work has continued to establish a dedicated ACP page on the TAG Farnborough Airport website.

 

Planned activities: July 2013

Dedicated Airspace Change Proposal page to be established on the TAG Farnborough Airport website. It will include details about the ACP, the formal consultation and how stakeholders, including members of the public, can give their feedback on the proposed design.

NATS to carry out real time simulations to test the proposed design option at its corporate and technical facility in Fareham.

Preparation work will continue for the formal consultation later this year.

Twilight Runway Challenge 2013

3rd July 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

On Saturday 29 June 2013 almost 150 participants took part in the Twilight Runway Challenge at TAG Farnborough Airport.  Participants were invited to run, walk, skate or cycle down the runway and taxiways at the airport over a distance of either 3, 5 or 10 kilometres.  The event organised by TAG Farnborough and the Sixth Form College, Farnborough was the second of its kind,  the first being held last year at Farnborough.

Each individual (over 16) paid £20 and £10 for under 16’s to enter the challenge and all proceeds are going to the Gaming Zone, an innovative social enterprise that provides free, open-access facilities and support for children and young people through Rushmoor.

Elaine Turner, Events & Marketing Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport said “The second annual Twilight Runway Challenge was a great success and this year we were happy to welcome cyclists to the event.  It was very encouraging to see so many people giving up their time on a sunny Saturday evening to run and cycle down a runway for charity”.

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TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

5th June 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 
Recent activities

Stakeholder meetings have continued throughout May regarding the development of the pre-consultation airspace design(s).

The pre-consultation airspace design(s) have continued to be developed.

 

Planned activities: June 2013

Dedicated Airspace Change Proposal page to be established on the TAG Farnborough Airport website.

Pre-consultation airspace design(s) to be developed further.

TAG Farnborough Airport tops international FBO surveys

13th May 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport was voted ‘International FBO of the Year’ in the Aviation International News (AIN) International Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) Survey 2013 and ‘Best European FBO’ in the 2013 Pro Pilot PRASE Survey.

It is the seventh consecutive year that AIN has named the airport ‘International FBO of the Year’.  The award is based on survey responses from readers who use FBOs and/or are directly involved in flight planning, including a cross-section of pilots, air crews, flight schedulers and flight department managers from international operators.

It is also the eighth year TAG Farnborough Airport has been voted ‘Best European FBO’ by Pro Pilot in a survey of qualified pilots.

“These awards are tribute to the hard work and dedication of our airport team at Farnborough,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport.

TAG Group FBOs top international survey

8th May 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport and TAG Aviation Geneva, both part of TAG Group, have placed first and second respectively in the Aviation International News (AIN) International FBO Survey 2013.

The results are based on the feedback of AIN magazine readers who use FBOs and/or are directly involved in flight planning, including a cross-section of pilots, air crews, flight schedulers and flight department managers from international operators. It is the seventh consecutive time TAG Farnborough Airport has been voted ‘International FBO of the Year’ and a year-on-year success for TAG Aviation Geneva, which placed fourth in 2012.

“This accolade is tribute to the hard work and dedication of our airport team at Farnborough as well as the continued investment in business aviation facilities and services,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport. “Our customers expect bespoke, seamless service and that will continue to be our focus.”

“Since 1966, we have been a group that is committed to pioneering business aviation standards,” said Robert Wells, CEO, TAG Aviation Holding and TAG Aviation Europe. “This award demonstrates our ability to provide customers with industry-leading quality wherever they encounter the TAG brand.”

TAG Farnborough Airport is based 40 miles from central London and is the UK’s only dedicated business aviation airport, featuring an award-winning terminal, control tower and more than 240,000 sq ft of hangarage space and office accommodation. Services include direct ramp access, concierge service, a crew room with ‘snooze’ facilities, The Aviator hotel (also part of the TAG Group) located on-site as well as aircraft maintenance and servicing from TAG Farnborough Engineering.

TAG Aviation’s Flight Centre at Geneva International Airport is repeatedly voted one of Europe’s best private facilities for jet aviation handling, offering a full range of services. It features a private terminal with spacious lounges, conference rooms and on-site Swiss and French customs and immigration. Aircraft handling services include authorised (EASA and FAA 145) maintenance, fuelling and catering coordination. Passengers and crew can also easily connect to Geneva International Airport’s main terminal, railway station and helipad.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

7th May 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities

Stakeholder meetings have continued throughout April to ensure engagement in the development of the design.

 

Planned activities: May 2013

Additional stakeholder meetings are being arranged.

A further update meeting with Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP) is being organised.

TAG Farnborough Airport purchases new office building

15th April 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has purchased the freehold of 1 Meadow Gate, a 38,000 sq ft Grade A B1 office building located in Farnborough Business Park. The transaction was completed on 27 March 2013.

“We are committed to providing first class facilities for the airport’s customers and employees,” said Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport. “This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of investing in appropriate property adjacent to the airport.”

Over 1,000 people are employed at the TAG Farnborough Airport site, which has benefited from more than £100 million investment in infrastructure development over the past 10 years.

1 Meadow Gate was purchased from HEREF Farnborough Limited, the new owners of Farnborough Business Park.

TAG Farnborough Airport CEO outlines importance of business aviation links between Europe and Asia

15th April 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Brandon O’Reilly, CEO of TAG Farnborough Airport, has outlined the increasing importance of the Europe-Asia business aviation industry ahead of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition 2013 (ABACE 2013), which commences on 16 April 2013 in Shanghai.

“With Asia’s economic significance continuing to grow on the global stage, business aviation has an increasingly important role to play in providing point to point connections between business centres in Asia and Europe, particularly where commercial aviation does not provide timely and direct service,” said O’Reilly.

“In 2012, TAG Farnborough Airport handled flights between 835 different destinations worldwide; more than three times the number of destinations served by scheduled airlines from other London airports. As a dedicated business aviation airport, we benefit from having the infrastructure and capacity already in place to facilitate connections between cities throughout Asia and one of Europe’s leading financial capitals.”

TAG Farnborough Airport, located 40 miles from central London, recently completed more than £100 million investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure, purpose-built for the requirements of business aviation customers. It now features an award-winning terminal, control tower and more than 240,000 sq ft of hangarage space and office accommodation.

Named ‘International FBO of the Year’ by readers of Aviation International News (AIN) magazine for six consecutive years, the airport also offers a wide range of amenities including concierge service, direct ramp access for customers wanting to drive up to waiting jets, a crew room with ‘snooze’ facilities, The Aviator hotel (also part of the TAG Group) located on-site as well as aircraft maintenance and servicing from TAG Farnborough Engineering.

This is the third successive year that the airport is exhibiting at ABACE, a conference aimed at increasing the business aviation market in Asia, which is being held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, 16-18 April 2013.

TAG Farnborough Airport’s stand at ABACE is #H126, which it shares with TAG Aviation Asia, a TAG Group sister company that provides aircraft management, charter and brokerage services throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

4th April 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport


Recent activities

TAG Farnborough Airport and NATS, the airport’s provider of air traffic services, met with the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee (FACC) on 7 March 2013 and presented an update on the progress of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP).

Follow-up meetings with key aviation stakeholders have taken place to further understand their requirements during this pre-consultation phase.

 

Planned activities: April 2013

Further stakeholder meetings are being arranged.

An update meeting with Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP) is being organised.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

5th March 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities

Update meeting with Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP) held on 15 February 2013.

Follow-up meetings with key aviation stakeholders have taken place to further understand their requirements during this pre-consultation phase.

 

Planned activities: March 2013

Further meetings with key aviation stakeholders are being arranged.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

4th February 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities

Meeting held with key aviation stakeholder NetJets in London on 22 January 2013 to gain initial requirements.  Many key aviation stakeholders have now been informed of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) at TAG Farnborough Airport and been given an opportunity to outline their initial requirements.

NATS, TAG Farnborough Airport’s provider of air traffic services, organised an internal air traffic control (ATC) technical workshop at NATS Swanwick centre on 16 January 2013 to discuss design and procedure options in more detail.

 

Planned activities: February 2013

TAG Farnborough Airport and NATS is consulting a number of aviation stakeholders on a regular basis during this initial preparatory phase to fully understand their requirements.  A second set of meetings with key aviation stakeholders is being set up in February.  Additional meetings will also be established to engage a wider group of aviation stakeholders in the coming weeks and months.

As part of a continued process of engagement, a meeting is planned with the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP) on 15 February 2013 to provide an update on the progress of the ACP and what the early design options may look like.

TAG Farnborough Airport welcomes working with the Gaming Zone

15th January 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

For the last two years TAG Farnborough Airport has been working in partnership with The Community Matters Partnership (CMP) to provide support, guidance, volunteering and donations to the Vine Centre, a homeless centre for adults in the Rushmoor area.

Throughout this time the Vine Centre has seen some fantastic improvements, most recently being their move from a small church hall to a large, multi-level, multi-roomed building in the centre of Aldershot. This move will allow them to increase their client numbers, provide counselling, teach cookery skills and increase their opening hours. Most importantly the Vine Centre now have the skills and confidence to build upon the work they started which will allow them to continue fundraising and move forward with the programme they had originally started.

The airport now look forward to working with The Gaming Zone in 2013/14, a social enterprise which provides a warm and welcoming environment for 5 – 21 year olds in the most deprived areas of Rushmoor. They offer free accessible areas where children are able to build upon their self-esteem, have 1:1 mentoring and life skills, access youth centres, receive anger management and take part in Young Leaders and Summer in Da Boro schemes.

Please visit http://www.thegamingzone.org/ to learn more about The Gaming Zone.

TAG Farnborough Airport introduces industry-leading measure to manage noise

8th January 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport has introduced a new measure to manage noise around the airport. Since 1 January 2013, jet aircraft that do not meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) ‘Chapter IV’ standard have been banned from using the airport.This noise standard is ICAO’s most stringent and quietest classification for jet aircraft.

ICAO is responsible for standards and recommended practices that govern aircraft noise management at airports worldwide. ‘Chapter IV’ is the latest in a series of noise certification standards for jet aircraft that it has introduced over the past 40 years.

“By enforcing the highest existing standard, we have taken an industry-leading approach to phasing out all but the most modern and quietest categories of jet aircraft,” said Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport. “As outlined in our 2009 Master Plan, we are committed to minimising noise in and around the airport and will continue to work with our neighbours and experts to identify ways of making further improvements.”

To ensure ‘Chapter IV’ compliance, TAG Farnborough Airport requires approved noise certificates before permission can be granted to land or take-off. Approximately 300 flights that occurred in 2012 would not meet the new standard.

Implementation of the new noise standard at TAG Farnborough Airport was agreed with Rushmoor Borough Council in 2011 as part of approval for a phased increase in the number of permitted aircraft movements from 28,000 to 50,000 per year through to 2019.

TAG Farnborough Airport is one of the first airports in Europe to introduce this measure.

TAG Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Proposal – update

4th January 2013 by TAG Farnborough Airport

 

Recent activities

A one-day pilot workshop took place at TAG Farnborough Airport on 4 December 2012 and was attended by a cross section of pilots who use the airport regularly. The workshop sessions helped gather further information, requirements and capabilities that will assist in developing detailed airspace design options.

 

Planned activities: January 2013

An initial meeting is planned with key aviation stakeholder NetJets (date TBC). Once carried out, all key aviation stakeholders will have been informed of the proposed changes at TAG Farnborough Airport and been given an opportunity to outline their initial requirements.

A meeting is planned with the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA’s) Directorate of Airspace Policy (DAP) (date TBC) to provide an update on the progress of the ACP and what the early design options may look like. This represents part of a continued process of engagement.

NATS, TAG Farnborough Airport’s provider of air traffic services, has organised an internal air traffic control (ATC) technical workshop at NATS Swanwick centre on 16 January 2013 to progress design and procedure options.

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