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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A general air accident drill takes place at the Airport of Teruel

The International Airport of Teruel performed an aeronautical drill of air accident this Wednesday 19th July 2017, in order to verify the update of the Airport Security Plan, which is currently approved. Furthermore, this drill has been also useful for assessing the responsiveness of the means, as well as the coordination between the different actors involved.  

The general air accident drill was that one of the engines of an aircraft of type A320 caught fire during the takeoff manoeuvre. This aircraft was placed in the middle of the runway. The different groups were coordinated in this action: the Main Control Position, CEOPS, Advanced Control Post, internal means such as the safety unit composed of the private security and the SSEI (the Rescue and Firefighting Service). In addition to the external means of emergency, which are the 112, Civil Guard, National Police and external firefighters.

The intervention in this aeronautical drill was the following: the personnel from the Operation Centre of the Airport saw a fire in one the engines of the aircraft during its takeoff manoeuvre. The Operation Centre activated the Main Control Position immediately, and the Rescue and Firefighting Service (SSEI) of the airport, the General Manager, the 112, the Advanced Control Post, the security guard, Civil Guard and National Police were notified.

The personnel from the SSEI went to the accident site, meanwhile, a NOTAM was published since the runway was not operational. Afterwards, the Responsible of the Advanced Control Post went to the site of the emergency, informed of the state of the incident and reported that the pilot and the co-pilot were injured, one of them seriously and the other slightly. In the meantime, the SSEI extinguished the fire and rescued the injured people from the aircraft.  

When the firefighters from the Provincial Council of Teruel guided by the Civil Guard arrived at the accident site, they collaborated with the SSEI from the airport to extinguish the fire. With regard to the injured, the doctors from the 112 arrived in order to attend to them. The 112 carried the seriously injured person by helicopter to the burns unit of Zaragoza, and the slightly injured was attended by the doctor and was carried to the Obispo Polanco Hospital of Teruel for a subsequent medical examination.

Finally, the extinguishing of the fire was communicated, the Safety Unit guided the external means to the way out and the emergency ended. After, a meeting was held in order to assess the results of the drill.

Therefore, measures have been implemented in this drill, and they were collected in the reports of previous drills. These aspects have been useful for the update and training of the available means for an air accident, complying with the regulations of ICAO and AESA (the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency).

In the commitment to improvement and continuous training, it is the fifth general aeronautical drill developed in the Airport of Teruel.

Once the drill finished, the regular air operations continued. As a matter of fact, an aircraft of type A320 coming from Germany landed. The airport growth continues, and the number of air operations is planned to treble in 2017 regarding the previous year.