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ASAP s.r.o. – Airport Aeronautical Services

Airport Aeronautical Services / Airport Flight Procedure Design

Airport Aeronautical Services

ASAP s.r.o. is an established company since 1998 maintaining a reputation for delivery of the highest quality solutions and airport aeronautical services on time and within budget.

ASAP specialise in airport flight procedure design, airport aeronautical services, aerodrome surface checks, special aeronautical studies and have developed their owned tool-based procedure design software PHX.

Based in Slovakia at the crossroads between the East and the West has given ASAP the opportunity to provide high quality aeronautical services worldwide

IFR Procedure Design from St Helena to Scotland.

Efficiency, safety and reliability are integral to ASAP’s reputation which is reflected in the airport aeronautical services and GNSS airport flight procedure design done by ASAP in many unusual locations around the world.

St. Helena (British Overseas Territory) now enjoys frequent flight connections which have economically and socially transformed the entire island. ASAP’s instrument airport flight procedure designs allow aircraft to land safely on the newly constructed runway during periods of inclement Atlantic weather.

Barra airport in Northern Scotland is an unusual airport as it does not have a tarmac runway but does have scheduled air services. The runway is the beach and is only available at low tide.

With satellite-based instrument flight procedures developed by ASAP down to a minimum 700ft cloud base, aircraft can get below clouds to see the beach before landing on days of inclement weather.

GPS instrument airport flight procedures have been designed for other airports servicing the islands in Scotland including Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick airports.

Air Ambulance Helicopter Point in Space (PinS) Procedures

ASAP provided the Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse) with PinS instrument flight procedures for many hospitals throughout Norway.

These new GPS airport flight procedures and Airport Aeronautical Services enable air ambulances to carry out lifesaving helicopter operations in bad weather, increasing the chance that patients will be carried to the nearest hospital without delay.

Mr. Erik Normann, Chief Pilot, Norwegian Air Ambulance said: “Our goal is always to provide patients with quick and qualified medical help. By using GNSS based IFR flight procedures (PinS) we can help more patients during adverse weather conditions. We already have several examples of patients who have benefited from this technological innovation.”

Previously, approximately 10% of all air ambulance operations in Norway were cancelled due to weather which affected about 700 patients each year.

Landing locations now have GPS instrument approaches linked to the EnRoute system allowing air ambulances to fly directly to the start of the approach procedure at the nearest hospital, enabling the ability to ferry organs or patients between hospitals.

This ability to carry out all weather operations was not previously available and is significant in the saving of lives.

For the previous helicopter work ASAP was awarded the International Janes Innovation Award.

Airport Aeronautical Services Studies for Safe Flight Operations

Aeronautical studies have been conducted in the United Arab Emirates and Ireland to ensure that new developments or highrise buildings like the Burj Khalifa in the UAE do not affect safe flight operations at an airport.

The new 160 m control tower at Dublin airport in Ireland required ASAP to conduct a special aeronautical study to assess the affect that this structure would have on the safety of operations at the airport.

Emergency GPS instrument arrival procedures enabling safe operations

Anguilla airport in the Caribbean was devastated by hurricane Irma in 2017. The runway at the airport was not seriously damaged but all navigational aids at the airport were put out of commission.

This meant that relief planes to the Island could only arrive during the day and when the weather was clear enough that the airport could be seen from approximately 30km away.

ASAP quickly developed new GPS instrument arrival procedures for Anguilla airport that would not require any of the ground-based navigational aids which had been destroyed.

Airport Aeronautical Services charts and data were created and loaded into the on-board FMS in the aircraft enabling approaches to the airport in inclement weather.

These new flight procedures were checked, validated and approved for release to the airport for distribution within days of completion by ASAP. The procedures were also sent to Air Safety Support International (ASSI), part of the UK CAA, in London for final certification.

This work was of great benefit to relief operations in this time of need. The timely delivery of new GPS flight procedures enabled the airport to become operational without the time that would be needed to ship and install new navigational equipment to the Island.

Implementing Performance Based Navigation Transitioning from Ground-based Navigation

Efficient operations of airport air navigation require conformance to ICAO’s global standards. The Namibia CAA has exceeded modernisation targets with the implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures designed by ASAP.

Namibia has rapidly improved air navigation nationwide with the implementation of PBN in compliance with ICAO requirements for all member states.

The Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is modernising airport aeronautic systems and training employees for maintenance of PBN implementation as they undergo this transitional period.

Aerodromes without instrument airport flight procedures experience network disruption during inclement weather that affects connecting flights and the service provided by the original flight. This can incur additional costs by way of unnecessary fuel burn and accommodation costs for passengers.

ASAP has designed 16 procedures for major Namibian airports to date. This enabled the NCAA to exceed the 70% target set by ICAO.

ASAP have also trained an employee of the NCAA as an airport flight procedure designer, meaning that Namibia will no longer fully rely on external help to complete its modernisation project.

Airport Aeronautic Services Modernising – Airspace, GPS Procedures and Training

An aeronautical modernization package was completed for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) by ASAP including the following items:

  • WGS84 aerodrome and obstacle survey of nine airports.
  • Procedure design and documentation of 20 GPS instrument flight procedures and over 50 Standard Instrument Departures and Standard Terminal Arrival Routes.
  • Training of local staff to sustain the system, where ASAP provided courses in aviation management, instrument flight procedure design and aeronautical charting.
  • Provision of airport procedure design and aeronautical charting software
  • A re-design of the entire Nigerian airspace to make it more efficient and safer
  • Converted the entire Nigerian Aeronautical Information Publication from a hard copy version into an electronic version.
  • Obstacle checks of the 9 major airports to ensure that they conform to UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards.

GPS Procedures for Demanding Terrain and High Minimums

Te Anau / Manapouri airport in the shadow of the Alps in southern New Zealand have withdrawn their only aeronautical navigational aid a Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) and now have a GPS instrument flight approach procedure that was developed by ASAP.

Reasonably high minimum descent altitudes were developed in this demanding terrain. However, aircraft could come much lower, below clouds than the previous NDB approach.

Therefore, the final approach track is aligned with the runway centreline and pilot workload on the approach is significantly lower than previously. This reduction of workload associated with the approach allows pilots to concentrate more on achieving a safe and efficient flight.

A further benefit of this type of approach is that it is available to a multitude of aircraft with minimal GPS capabilities, increasing safety and availability of the airport. A significantly greater number of aircraft are arriving safely at this idyllic mountain location.

This is just one of the locations in New Zealand where ASAP has developed new airport flight procedure designs and Airport Aeronautical Services.

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