Airport Safety Week 2018 at Aberdeen Airport
Aberdeen International Airport is participating this week in the UK Airports Safety week, a national event developed and co-ordinated by the Airport Operators Association (AOA). It is a deliberate and determined focus to promote safety improvement. UK airports have an excellent safety culture, which depends on the successful collaboration of many different partners. Whether landside or airside, the commitment of every player is essential to the delivery of the safest possible environment for all.
Fraser Bain, Airport Duty Manager said “Safety week is a great opportunity to engage with staff across the whole airport and there has always been a positive response when we have held the event in previous years. This year we have increased the number and variety of events taking place to raise awareness of the key safety messages and to also involve passengers and the local community.”
The airport visited Kinellar and Turriff primary schools and talked to primary 4 pupils about airport safety. The pupils got the chance to try on safety equipment and were asked to design safety posters. Fraser Bain said “the pupils asked lots of great questions and we were very impressed with the effort they put in to the safety posters which we have displayed in the terminal this week”
Activities taking place this week at the airport have ranged from a hazard perception exercise at the Fire Training ground, first aid awareness sessions and safety tours of the airfield. There has been a workshop on spinal health and fuelling demonstrations on an aircraft stand. The airport’s winter operations and fire service vehicles which play such an important safety role have also been on display. One of the real highlights has been the display of falcons and hawks at the front of terminal with the team from Avian Wildlife Solutions talking to passengers and staff about the vital job the birds of prey play in bird control management on the airfield.
The rise in the number of drones in operation and their potential impact on aviation has also been a subject of discussion through the week and a local organisation has been in attendance to demonstrate the drone in action. The events will continue through the week with involvement from NATS, Police Scotland, UK Border Force, helicopter operators, ground handlers, airlines, among many others.
Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport said: “We are excited to be supporting UK Airports Safety Week. It is an opportunity for our teams to come together to promote safety best practice and to demonstrate to the public and airport users the different aspects of safety and safety culture at Aberdeen International Airport”