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  • Aviation
    airport safeguarding
    Aviation

    Airport Safeguarding – Contacts and Links

    Airport Safeguarding ensures that new buildings and structures do not endanger aircraft or airport operations. In the United Kingdom safeguarding is undertaken by individual airports. Airport Contact Web address Aberdeen safeguarding@aiairport.com click here Belfast City safeguarding@bca.aero click here Biggin Hill Katy Woolcot 01959 578500 click here Bournemouth click here Cambridge…

  • Aviation
    obstacle limitation surfaces
    Aviation

    OLS Surfaces

    Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) are used for protecting aircraft from obstacles around airports and military bases. The surfaces are: Take Off Climb Surface (TOCS) Approach Surface Inner Horizontal Surface Transitional Surface Conical Surface Outer Horizontal Surface Further details regarding the individual surfaces can be found here.  Principles OLS surfaces extend…

  • Aviation
    Safeguarding Heathrow’s Third Runway
    Aviation

    Safeguarding Heathrow’s Third Runway

    Background A new full length runway is planned to the North West of Heathrow, between the existing northerly runway and the M4 Motorway. We have considered how this new runway will impact the development of tall buildings and structures in the area. This is because the height of buildings and…

  • Aviation
    terma radar
    AviationRadarWind Farm Mitigation

    New Terma Radar at Glasgow mitigates Banks Kype Muir Wind Farm

    Introduction Glasgow Airport has recently commissioned a new radar system to mitigate the effects of the onshore Kype Muir wind farm near Strathaven in central Scotland. The system, supplied by Terma, is designed to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbine returns. This allows aircraft overflying the wind farm to be…

  • Glint and Glare
    solar glare assessment
    Glint and Glare

    The issue of glint and glare from buildings

    Background The two terms ‘glint’ and ‘glare’ refer to the unwanted reflection of the sun’s rays from the face of a reflective surface. Glint and glare is a common issue for solar panels which can have a negative effect on aircraft, trains, vehicles, air traffic controllers, animals and homes. This…

  • Solar
    Solar

    Australia’s bright renewable energy expansion

    Background Australia introduced renewable energy targets in 2001. In 2009 the target for year 2020 was set to 20% equivalent to 41’000GWh but in 2015 it was reduced to 16% (33000GWh) . After four years of decline, growth rate in non-hydro renewable power capacity increased to 12% in 2016 and…

  • Aviation
    aviation risk assessment
    AviationWind FarmsWind Farms & Aviation

    Air Corps bans wind farms from 29% of Ireland

    Background On 26 January 2019 the Irish Times published an article regarding Air Corps plans to oppose wind farm developments on 29% of Ireland’s land. The Air Corps rationale being to oppose wind farm development where flying training takes place as well as in the vicinity of air routes between…

  • Solar
    Renewable energy in the Arabian Peninsula
    Solar

    Renewable energy in the Arabian Peninsula

    Background Historically the peninsula relied on hydrocarbons resources to push the development. Oil and gas contributed for both export and domestic usage. The exports are the main contributors of the peninsula’s GDP, while, when used as fuel, can provide inexpensive electricity for the domestic demand. However, several countries have recently…

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