IATA Ground Operations Manual sets THE standard
Should be adopted Globally
The Flight Safety Foundation, an independent, international, and impartial non-profit that exists to champion the cause of aviation safety, published this important headline. Cockpit & pilots, maintenance & AMTs, cabins & flight attendants, ATC & controllers and runways all receive considerable attention, but the Ramp Area has not.
This chart is a risk analysis of where incidents happen where aircraft dock.
FSF quotes IATA’s Nick Careen, vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, speaking at the 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference– effective ground operations “are an essential part of the airline industry’s efforts to meet the forecast growth in demand for air connectivity…Aviation grows safer when global standards are consistently applied.”
IATA, as THE association of international airlines, developed the International Ground Operations Manual, a definitive source for the latest industry-approved standards harmonizing ground handling processes and procedures for frontline personnel. The IGOM & the accompanying Airport Handling Manual (AHM) provide an integrated and comprehensive set of best practices for the ramp are.
The catalyst for this article is 31st IATA Ground Handling Conference which carries the banner-Global Standards, Collaboration and more are Key to Future of Ground Handling. This global forum provides an exceptional opportunity to promote IGOM’s adoption. There Nick Careen urged the ground handling industry to speed its adoption of the IATA Ground Operations Manual, arguing that such action would ensure safety and operational consistency throughout the industry.
Careen said national governments also should recognize IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) as an acceptable method of compliance for oversight of outsourced ground operations services.
“This will foster harmonization across the industry, reduce redundant audits, improve safety and enhance operational efficiency,” Careen said.
The ISAGO registry includes more than 230 ground service providers that operate about 450 registered stations at more than 300 airports around the world, IATA said.
The conference also was the inception point for IATA’s Ramp of the Future project. In collaboration with the Airports Council International the task force will look to strategies for improved ground-handling techniques and machinery as well as design/redesign of new/existing terminal areas.
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