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Twilight Runway Challenge 2017

18th July 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

Over 500 participants – the greatest turn out ever and over three times as many people compared to the very first Twilight Runway Challenge in 2012 – ran, cycled, walked and roller skated around TAG Farnborough Airport’s runway and taxiways on Saturday 1st July 2017 as part of the 6th Twilight Runway Challenge. The annual charity event, organised jointly by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough, is in aid of Community Matters Partnership Projects (CMPP), which is working to raise the aspirations of young people throughout the local area.   Students (past and present) and staff from The Sixth Form College Farnborough as well as employees from TAG Farnborough Airport along with other member companies of CMPP participated in the challenge which, since its original launch five years ago, has raised over £25,000

First FBO in the UK to achieve Stage II IS-BAH™ registration

19th May 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) formally announced the initial Stage II registrations for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS- BAH™), the global code of best safety practices, which were issued in May 2017 to TAG Farnborough Airport, UK; Sky Valet of Cannes-Mandelieu, France; and SRC Aviation, New Delhi, India.

“We are delighted to be the first FBO in the UK to have achieved Stage 2 IS-BAH accreditation and I know our operators at TAG Farnborough Airport will welcome this. This certification underpins the importance we place on safety management systems (SMS)”, said Roger Walker, Director Airport Operations at TAG Farnborough Airport. “We have a sophisticated and effective SMS in place and are committed to upholding the highest safety standards.”

“Our congratulations go out to the respective management and teams at Sky Valet, SRC Aviation and TAG Farnborough Airport for their continued support and dedication to the IS-BAH™ programme.  The first Stage II registrations are a significant milestone for the Programme, and it’s fitting that they should come ahead of EBACE 2017 and the planned IS-BAH™ Standards Board meeting where, following positive user feedback, possible enhancements to the industry ground handling standards will be discussed”, said Terry Yeomans – IS-BAH™ Programme Director.

The IS-BAH™ has been created for the industry by the industry. It incorporates a scalable safety management system (SMS) concept in all aspects of FBO/BAHA operations and is complementary with the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), adopted globally by corporate flight departments.

The IS-BAH™ is a joint programme between IBAC and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). It incorporates the NATA Safety 1st ground audit programme and follows the long established structure of the IS-BAO™ programme.

TAG Farnborough Airport voted as No. 1 FBO in International Surveys

24th April 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

This month, TAG Farnborough Airport placed first in the Aviation International News (AIN) FBO Survey and Professional Pilot PRASE Survey.

TAG Farnborough Airport has topped the ‘Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific’ category in AIN’s international FBO survey for 11 years in a row. Since 1981, readers, who use FBOs and/or are directly involved in flight planning, including a cross-section of pilots, air crews and dispatchers from international operators, have been selecting their favourites in this annual survey from a list of more than 4,500 FBOs worldwide today.

It is also the 12th consecutive year that TAG Farnborough Airport was named ‘Best European FBO’ by Pro Pilot in a survey of qualified pilots.

TAG Farnborough Airport community tree planting initiative takes root

31st March 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport

TAG Farnborough Airport joined Calthorpe Park School in Fleet yesterday (30 March 2017) to plant 150 trees at the school site as part of the airport’s environment management programme. Calthorpe Park School is one of 16 schools and wildlife reserves in the Rushmoor and nearby area, which are receiving a total of 3,500 native (broad-leaved) trees funded by TAG Farnborough Airport this spring.

TAG Farnborough Airport has been measuring and reducing its carbon footprint since 2008 and as a result has cut annual carbon emissions by nearly 30%. TAG Farnborough Airport is offsetting its 2017 carbon emissions in conjunction with Basingstoke-based Carbon Footprint Ltd through tree planting in the local area as well as a conservation project in the Amazon rainforest (Florestal Santa Maria Project), which works towards protecting trees in one of the most biodiverse places in the world.

Miles Thomas, Environment Manager at TAG Farnborough Airport, commented: “This is a great opportunity for local schools and wildlife reserves to benefit from involvement in our carbon offset programme. At TAG Farnborough Airport, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. With the help of Carbon Footprint Ltd, we have been working with the local community to introduce 3,500 new trees into the area which will also foster our own biodiversity.” ​


“Once the trees are planted, the school will be actively involved in their care. We’re hoping our students will run projects to report on new wildlife spotted on site, due to the new habitats the trees create”, said Calthorpe Park School’s head teachers, Martin Amos and Melanie Hooper: “We are delighted to have been chosen to receive these trees as part of TAG Farnborough Airport’s initiative, as care for the environment is a strong value for our school.”

TAG Farnborough Airport initiated the tree planting in support of its carbon offsetting activities. Together, these initiatives contribute to the final stages of a ten-year project to manage and reduce carbon emissions through an independent, voluntary scheme called Airport Carbon Accreditation. In 2013, TAG Farnborough Airport was awarded the third of four levels of accreditation – ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’ – which certify the step-by-step process towards comprehensive carbon management and carbon neutrality. TAG Farnborough Airport is one of five airports in the UK to have achieved the ‘Optimisation’ level and is now on target to reach ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2019, which requires offsetting residual carbon emissions over which the airport has control.

“The environment has always been important to us and we monitor our carbon footprint very closely. The tree planting is part of our carbon offsetting activities which will help us reach our goal of carbon neutrality. It is encouraging to see that our neighbours support us in this”, Thomas added.

In 2016, TAG Farnborough Airport was presented with a Silver ‘Green Apple Award’ by The Green Organisation at a ceremony held at The House of Commons, in recognition of its commitment to reducing environmental impact and continuous improvement through best practice. In particular, the award acknowledges the innovative sustainable staff travel plan which encourages employees at the airport to adopt low or zero carbon travel such as cycling, the use of public transport and car sharing. The airport has also invested in electric vehicles, e-bikes and traditional pedal bikes for staff movement in and around the airport site.

While improving energy efficiency at TAG Farnborough Airport through investment in site-based solar energy, specialised hangar heating systems and low-energy lighting across the airfield, waste management has also been a focus of the airport’s environment management programme. Zero waste to landfill was achieved throughout 2016, establishing a level of performance to which TAG Farnborough Airport is committed to for the future.

TAG Farnborough Airport ’Crew Gym Challenge‘ – 3 April to 30 June 2017

27th March 2017 by TAG Farnborough Airport


To celebrate the 1-year opening of its exclusive crew gym, TAG Farnborough Airport is setting a challenge for flight crew members that are taking advantage of free access to the fitness facilities and to encourage new users to run or cycle the equivalent distance from Farnborough, UK to the TAG Group’s FBO in Geneva, Switzerland – 470 miles or 756km, over the course of a three-month period.

There are exciting prizes to win, including a Fitbit Blaze smart watch and Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones.  To participate in this fun challenge, TAG Farnborough Airport visitors will need to download the My Wellness App and share their results the Marketing Department at the airport upon their completion. The challenge will run from 3 April to 30 June 2017.

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