Taking a Leap Forward in Safe Winter Operations

The author discusses how Avinor, a company that operates 46 airports throughout Norway, strives towards leadership in European aviation. The change over from a state-owned company to a limited company in January 2003, has been the catalyst for Avinor to increase its focus on continuous improvement. One area where it is striving for better service involves striking a balance between safety and punctuality. Avinor works to balance these two extremes by allowing landings and take-offs to be conducted within both appropriate safety margins and acceptable turn-around times, yielding punctuality to concerns about safety during extreme winter (and summer) weather conditions. Another leadership area for Avinor involves technological innovation. The author notes Avinor's work in finding solutions to predict runway braking action. The company is developing a system that can assess, predict and communicate braking action information to flight crews, ensuring appropriate safety margins for in-flight landings and take-offs. The author also discusses Avinor's emphasis on continuous training, especially within the ground services and snow clearing divisions. Finally, the author takes note of the collaboration between Avinor's top management, employees, air carriers, and government partners (e.g., Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, Norwegian Accident Investigation Board) in conducting safe and efficient winter operations.

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  • Authors:
    • Langedahl, Tor Borre
    • Aarrestad, Olav
    • Bugge, Hans Jorgen
  • Publication Date: 2006


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01046515
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2007 8:49PM