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Safety Management under Winter Conditions

Assigned to Erik Bullard
Last Edited by Erik Bullard

Provide guidance for how to pro-actively assess pending or immanent winter storms at and individual airport. SMS and SRM processes direct apply to winter storm preparedness and management. By providing information on how to make such efforts part of the normal planning process, airports can improve not only safety but the effectiveness and efficiency of airport winter operations.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Responding and operating in winter weather conditions can drive airports toward working on the edges of normal safety processes in order to get the job done and keep the airport open. Managing the risks associated with winter operations, to include fatigue management, asset preservation and surface condition reporting, would help the industry. Further, winter weather and specific storm management with proactive planning to include pre-season meetings to set out the objectives for the season, and post-season meetings to assess if those the objectives were met, can ensure continuity of operations and the establishment of effective processes to improve airport safety of operations. Additionally, guidance on the conduct of pre- and post-storm briefings to facilitate improved communications that is needed with all airport stakeholders. This guidance and the associated developed resource must address how to plan, when to plan, and how to implement and manage the output of winter operations planning.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A report with guidance for how to pro-actively assess pending or immanent winter storms at and individual airport. SMS and SRM processes direct apply to winter storm preparedness and management. By providing information on how to make such efforts part of the normal planning process, airports can improve not only safety but the effectiveness and efficiency of airport winter operations.

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Idea No. 338