EASA launches consultation on new aerodrome design for airports
April 27, 2017
EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) has proposed new certification specifications (CS) for aerodrome design which will enhance the operation of modern large aircraft at existing aerodromes.
The new proposal mainly focuses on the technological evolution of aerodrome design. The modern aircraft today feature very precise and advanced guidance systems for takeoff, landing and taxiing. So, EASA has been working out to introduce new runway and taxiway designs for strengthening aviation safety.
The public consultation on this so called Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) ended 31 May 2017. EASA will review the comments received and prepare its decision for a regulatory change of certification specifications for aerodromes design.
The new proposed CS will allow airports to accept large aircraft with the existing infrastructure. Also it will generate significant cost savings for construction and maintenance of aerodrome infrastructure. Moreover, the airline operators will get benefitted as they will be able to operate large aircraft from more aerodromes. Besides this, the proposed certification will also encourage environmental benefits.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) conducted Task Force at global level with purpose to revise its Standards and Recommended Practices for aerodrome physical characteristics.