Airport Emergency Planning

“Prior planning prevents poor performance”

Nowhere is this adage truer than when airport authorities and emergency services are required to respond to aviation emergencies.    

Emergency Planning Consulting

CONSULT AERO experts understand emergency planning. We have real life operational and airport management experience responding to actual aircraft emergencies from minor incidents to full scale commercial aircraft accidents, as well as extensive experience developing, implementing and testing Aerodrome Emergency Plans for small and large airports.

We are experienced emergency planners able to assist your organisation develop and improve your emergency response procedures.        

Our Services:

  • Development of emergency planning strategies and policies
  • Work with airport stakeholders to establish effective command and control structures and communication processes
  • Draft, review and develop Aerodrome Emergency Plans
  • Draft, review and develop Emergency Response Procedures/Standing Orders
  • Design and manage partial and full scale emergency exercises for small to large international airports
  • Conduct Tabletop exercises for emergency planning
  • Draft, review and develop Disabled Aircraft Recovery Plans
  • Assist with aircraft incident and accident investigation

What’s Involved

Successful emergency planning depends on the close cooperation of multiple stakeholders. Airport authorities, airlines, airport and civilian emergency services, ground handling organisations, police services, local hospitals and regulatory authorities must work together. Clearly defined command, control and communication processes must be established which allow rapid exchange of accurate information and a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each organisation in responding to aviation emergencies.

Airport Emergency Response

Successful emergency response depends on quick and accurate alerting, well-planned deployment of capable resources, pre-determined and well-practiced airport emergency procedures, and decisive on-site incident command that can assess and adapt to rapidly changing emergency conditions.

Strategic Plans & Procedures

An effective airport emergency plan includes having established strategies, policies and procedures for dealing with the aftermath of serious events. Emergency planning must include the mechanisms for airport and airline authorities to effectively manage the support of traumatised persons including relatives and friends of accident victims, airport staff and emergency responders.

Media & Investigations

There must be agreed procedures for effectively controlling media access in terminals and other operational areas of airports and for dealing responsibly with the release of information to the public. There must be established procedures for assisting and cooperating with investigating authorities.

Business Continuity

An effective emergency plan must also address processes for preserving business continuity, ensuring the earliest response of maintenance and engineering services responsible for removing disabled aircraft from operational runways and taxiways and repairing critical airside infrastructure to allow an airport to return to normal operations.

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Our Standards

CONSULT AERO emergency planning services comply with the following international standards:

  • ICAO Annex 14 Aerodromes
  • ICAO Airport Services Manual (Doc 9137)
  • ICAO Annex 18 The Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • ICAO Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods (Doc 9481)
  • ICAO Security Manual (Doc 8973)
  • ICAO Human Factors Training Manual (Doc 9683)
  • ICAO Policy on Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families (Doc 9998)
  • State specific emergency planning regulations

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