The implementation of a control tower at the Sorocaba Bertram Luiz Leupolz airport, which was scheduled in two packages of works, will be held by the State of Sao Paulo Airport Authority (Daesp). The construction consortium that besides the tower will also be responsible for building a power substation, attachments, operational access roads and road system will be the DP Barros / São Paulo Engenharia, as published in the latest edition of the Official State Gazette (DOE). The total cost of the improvements will be R$ 13.8 million, in a period of 24 months. The expectation is that interventions are completed by early 2017, as the forecast is that the works beginning occur on the next month.
The construction of the control tower is one of the main requirements for Sorocaba Airport internationalization process to be authorized by the IRS, and it was scheduled in two work packages, one funded by the federal government (announcement in July 2014) and other by the Sao Paulo state government (announcement in February of last year). According to the Airport Authority (Daesp), as the federal bidding has not yet occurred, the agency (Daesp) decided to pay 100% of the improvements. The reason, emphasizes, is the importance of the airport, which has a growth rate between 15% and 20% a year, “is an important hub of maintenance for business aircraft manufacturers (MRO)”. At this time, the application of internationalization is analyzed by a group the National Commission of Port Authorities (Conaero).
The discussion process with federal agencies for the aerodrome internationalization began in May 2013, but the IRS, responsible for the customs area, did not comply in favor of the process. In April 2014, Daesp came back requesting again a new consultation on the subject, this time with a different approach, targeting the customs service “on request” status, in other words, with a prior planning of airport international operations. However, in June, the IRS maintained the opposition to the claim. In August last year, the Department of Logistics and Transport of the State of São Paulo, requested by letter the support of SAC (Secretariat of Civil Aviation) to promote the internationalization of the airfield.
Other improvements At a cost of R$ 3.57 million, two other improvement packages are underway in Sorocaba airport. One of them involves the construction of a second aircraft parking ramp, engines run-up area and expansion of the taxi-way and internal access. Works began in February 2014 and the Airport Authority (Daesp) did not informed the current status, although completion was scheduled for this month. Another work in progress is the renovation and expansion of airport fire section, construction and extension of airport walls, which demanded investment of R$ 1.2 million. The works started in December 2013 and, as our team found at the site, have been completed.
Source: Cruzeiro do Sul news
A new business aviation ground-handling standard was unveiled at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this week, which is modeled on the successful International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program.
“The IS-BAO program was developed more than 12 years ago and has matured significantly over that period of time,” said Jim Cannon, IBAC’s IS-BAO program director. “We used the IS-BAO platform as the basis for IS-BAH, which will help institute best practices for fixed-based operators and ground handling organizations at airports around the world.”
IS-BAH will be familiar to those already participating in the IS-BAO program. The IS-BAH safety management system (SMS) structure, including SMS certification, is identical to IS-BAO, though other components address the operational environment of FBOs and ground handling facilities. IBAC will also provide an implementation guide and other guidance materials for IS-BAH, just as it has for IS-BAO.
IBAC will work with the National Air Transportation Association to establish a standards board of industry experts to assess and revise the standard annually, in a manner consistent with IS-BAO revision procedures, and a review board will approve all audit reports.
The SMS certification is particularly significant to business aircraft operators as International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) SMS requirements become more prevalent in business aviation, including the ground-handling aspect of operations.
“The IS-BAH program will help ensure registered ground handling organizations are conducting their operations under a set of standardized best practices,” said Cannon. “It will also help business aircraft operators using those facilities verify that the organization has incorporated SMS processes.”
IS-BAH is the result of more than two years of development first suggested by the European Business Aviation Association. IBAC anticipates publishing the IS-BAH and related guidance materials by July 1, at which time auditors will begin being trained and credentialed through IBAC workshops. Auditor qualifications, credentialing and currency requirements will be similar to the IS-BAO program, although IS-BAH auditors will be required to have at least five years of experience with ground handling organizations in lieu of flight operations or aircraft maintenance experience.