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World AIS Day being celebrated

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Aviation services around the globe is pausing to recognize World Aeronautical Information Service Day. It was on this day (May 15) 64 years ago that the Standards and Recommended Practices for Aeronautical Information Services were first adopted by the ICAO Council making it the 15th Annex to the convention on International Civil Aviation.

The aim of the aeronautical information service (AIS) is to ensure the flow of aeronautical information necessary for safety, regularity, economy and efficiency of international air navigation.

As one of the important pillars for safe and efficient air navigation, it stands as a testament to the level of international standardization that has been achieved and continues to me met to make global air navigation safe.

Even as AIS Day is being observed, the service is experiencing a massive transformation of its own. The product oriented AIS is morphing into a data oriented enterprise called Aeronautical Information Management (AIM).

With the advent of area navigation (RNAV), performance-based navigation (PBN), airborne computer-based navigation systems and data link systems, emphasis is being placed on data mining and management so that these systems can interact with it.

The AIS’s paper-based documentation and telex-based text messages cannot satisfy these modern requirements.

All in all, AIM is being positioned to better serve airspace users and the needs of Air Traffic Management (ATM).

Cheers to the AIS/AIM Officers around the globe that keep the flow of information to serve pilots and air traffic controllers.

TCIAA joins the world in celebrating International Firefighters Day

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As the worldwide community of firefighters celebrate International Firefighters Day, the Airports Authority stands in solidarity with them. As the employer of sixty-five of the finest firefighters in the country, TCIAA is acutely aware of their dedication, commitment and sacrifice and celebrates with them.

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed each year on 4th May and it’s a time for reflection, recognition and honoring of the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.

At the Airports Authority, our rescue and firefighting services play a critical role in maintain safe airport operations. The preparedness of firefighters is a key factor in maintaining safe operation and this is ensured to repeated training and drills.

Firefighters dedicate their own lives to the protection of life and property, and we cannot express enough gratitude for this.

In a show gratitude, we invite you to proudly wear and display blue and red ribbons pinned together symbolizing internationally recognized colors of the emergency service – red for fire and blue for water.

On Sunday May 7th at noon, please “Sound Off” in respect of past and present firefighters. This is a special time to stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by firefighters by sounding sirens sound for 30 seconds followed by a minute’s silence in memory of, and respect for, all firefighters who have been lost in the line of duty or passed on.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 16:25

Promoting aviation careers with the next generation

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Last Thursday, students from the Enid Capron got an opportunity to peek into the careers of professionals working at an airport. The occasion was the school’s annual career fair that drew participants from the various industries in the country.

Responding to their invitation, the Airports Authority showcased careers in airport security, air traffic services and rescue and firefighting.

Airport Security

Airport Security’s role is to ensure that no prohibited items, or unauthorized persons or vehicles gain access to the airside of the airport. Airport security officers are highly trained and execute their duties with tools such as metal detectors and baggage scanners.

The two security officers present at the career fair both explained and demonstrated their craft to the students who collectively had more questions than time permitted to answer them.

With the permission of the teachers, students volunteered to be given a pat down as part of the demonstrations. In one case, a teacher opted to be given the pat down.

Air Traffic Services

Part of the physical display included two model aircraft, the Boeing 777 and the Airbus 380. The interest in these clearly outweighed the explanation of air traffic services.

The air traffic controllers’ role is to safely navigate aircraft into and out of the Turks and Caicos Islands airspace, and also their safe movement when on the ground.

Very few students came knowing what is the role of the air traffic controller and the facility in which they work, the control tower. They however left a little wiser after some measure of distraction from the model aircraft.

Interest lay squarely in the number of passengers that each plane can carry and how far they can fly. This is any event was explained, and seemed to be received with a great sense of satisfaction.

Rescue and Firefighting Services

The rescue and firefighting services display was arguably the center of the universe at the career fair. With a firefighter getting dressed in his personal protective equipment (PPE) and demonstrating the use of various gadgets, the students were focused, entertained and educated in the ways of fighting fires.

The repeated discharge of a fire extinguisher with each successive group visiting the booth, elicited the same screams and temporary scattering only to converge on the booth once again.

The career fair lasted about 4 hours.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 17:26