Teruel Airport begins night operations

The Airport of Teruel started on Tuesday 6th December 2017, the night flights in restricted use for the first time.

A PA28 aircraft  piloted by the managers of the Flying Flight Aviation (FTA) pilot school, based at the airport, has staged the first operation in this first day of night flight on demand and under the rules of visual flight. The implementation of this new service is carried out after the authorization of the State Agency for Air Safety (AESA) and the Department of Vertebration of Territory, Mobility and Housing of the Government of Aragon, holder of the facilities of this aerodrome of regional competence.

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First night flight, 6th Dec 2017

The night operations were prepared at night between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, according to the director general of Teruel Airport, Alejandro Ibrahim.

The night flight on demand will initially have as users the students of FTA, eight at present, and companies that request it. The British pilot school applied for this benefit in order to expand its activity in Teruel, since night flight training is part of the lessons that students must pass to obtain the title of commercial pilot. In fact, the first promotion that began in September 2016 already begin to fly on airlines.

To start operations outside daylight hours, it was necessary an investment of about 40,000 euros to install an aerodrome beacon, signaling beacons in electric towers near the airport and the beacon system of the threshold moved in the head south of the flight track. To operate at night it is necessary to request permission to the Airport 24 hours in advance.

In 2018, the Airport of Teruel plans to adapt the runway for instrumental use with a work to extend the approach beacon for 205 thousand euros awarded to Deimos Space and that work will begin in a couple of months. Also to do the project and work of the paving of the Campa in its Phase III and the beginning of commercial operations of aircrafts up to 19 passengers to offer a service requested by the maintenance and parking customers of large aircraft. In the same way, security equipment (X-ray machine, metal detector arc and trace detector of explosives) and 6 km of optical fiber to improve communications.


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Making suitable the Airport of Teruel for instrument flight will cost half of what was foreseen

The adaptation of the Airport of Teruel for the inclusion of the satellite-guided instrument flight system will cost less than 400,000 euro. It is half of what was initially foreseen.

The editing group has already submitted the project, which is currently being revised by the people responsible for the Consortium of Airport, which is composed of the Government of Aragon and Teruel Town Council. The main purpose is to tender for the work next September.

Alejandro Ibrahim, the General Manager of the airport, stated that the cost reduction, which was considered at the beginning, has been achieved. It has been possible, above all, because the existing electricity infrastructures are going to be taken advantage of and LED-type technology is going to be used. Furthermore, fewer expropriations than what was expected will be necessary. This is due to the fact that at the south header of the runway, the beacon towers could be placed on the current area of the aerodrome. And at the north header, it will be only necessary to occupy a property in order to place beacons, which must be put every 60 metres.

The Airport of Teruel currently works with the visual approach system. This causes that there is only the possibility of making landing and takeoff in daylight and with weather conditions which do not obstruct visibility. The people responsible for the airport work on the inclusion of the satellite instrument system since 2015.

With regard to the on-demand night flight, the necessary marking has been already placed and the authorisation has been applied for to the Government of Aragon, which is responsible for granting permission. The manager told that the inspection has been already conducted and that they expect to have the authorisation soon, since it was demanded by the pilot school FTA in order that their students could do their night flight training in Teruel.

The Airport responsible also trusts that after summer, the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) approves the verification change which was requested so that flights of up to 19 passengers could be possible on the apron. Alejandro Ibrahim declared that they had made the changes to the Airport Manual, to the operational safety system and the AFIS study. And currently, they are completing the requirements suggested by AESA so as to issue the new verification.

Meanwhile, the airport continues with good numbers. Last July, 258 operations took place at the airport, with an increase of 253.4% regarding the 73 operations of the same month in 2016. 

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The work of Aragón Plataforma Logística has been awarded by Heraldo Newspaper

In the Aragon Logistic Platform is included the Airport of Teruel, PLATA, with a new  recognotion of this airport infrastructure

The fourth edition of the awards Aragón en la Red (Aragon in the net) was organised by the newspaper Heraldo de Aragón. They wanted to recognise the different digital projects of the Autonomous Community of Aragon. One of the awards went to the website of Aragón Plataforma Logística (APL, Aragon Logistic Platform) because it was considered the best Public Administration website. APL is a strategic commitment of the Government of Aragon since it is a practical website which can be useful for attracting potential investors and for the companies that might want to set up in one of the three provinces of Aragon. 

This platform is composed of different companies, including the Airport of Teruel (PLATA). The privileged location of the Airport represents an important connection between the main economic centres of the country. PLATA is an international aeronautical platform where aircraft maintenance, parking and recycling are developed, as well as executive aviation, flight school, HEMS, general aviation, UAV-RPS and R&D. The Airport of Teruel continues its growth, and it is planned that the number of air operations trebles regarding the previous year.

 This award presented by the Heraldo de Aragón is a strong motivation and incentive in order that the development of Aragón Plataforma Logística continues. This website is relatively new since it started in April, and it represents the offer that Aragon has with regard to logistics, such as infrastructures, training, research and services.  

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