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A big thank you!
August 24, 2018 | No Comments
With the SPARA project now coming to an end, I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication to the project over the last three years. It’s been a fantastic experience working on SPARA – getting to know you all and sharing experiences and learning from airports in similar situations has been[...]
Electric bikes
August 24, 2018 | No Comments
Combining with HITRANS active travel work, electric bikes and bike shelters for Barra and Oban Airports have been ordered and HITRANS are liaising with HIAL, airport staff and local bike providers in both areas to establish the schemes. The project will now run outside of SPARA, but results and learnings will be shared on the SPARA[...]
Skye Airport
August 24, 2018 | No Comments
Significant progress is being made on the new piece of work by Arcadis looking at low cost solutions for the re-opening of Skye Airport. A Skye Airport Working Group has been established, involving key stakeholders for the project, and Arcadis will produce the final report in September for sharing.
Work is underway for one of HITRANS’ final deliverables in the SPARA project – low carbon strategies for Inverness and Kirkwall Airports. The reports will provide action plans for both airports, covering areas such as future proofing the airport to meet demands for electric cars and charging infrastructure. Best practice is also being addressed in[...]
SPARA project video
August 24, 2018 | No Comments
Many thanks to Alastair from Skye Space Studio who filmed contributions for our project video at the final SPARA Partner Conference in Skye. Partners were asked questions on their work in SPARA and reflected on the project as it comes to an end, with all work packages represented in the interviews. The video is currently[...]
In June 2018, UHI hosted our final gathering of SPARA partners on the Isle of Skye at UHI’s Sabhal Mor Ostaig. The conference focussed on dissemination of project results and shared learning between work packages. Boyd Robertson, Principal of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, welcomed conference attendees and presented an overview and history of the college. We[...]
This strand of work has examined the economic value of small and peripheral airports in the Northern Periphery & Arctic Area through identifying the different ways that they are important to the economic viability and development of the regions or sub-regions in which they are located, and the quantifiable difference that they can make to[...]
There are key characteristics that make the Highlands and Islands a good location from which to launch satellites: its northerly latitude; north-facing coastline; climate; sparsity of population; a suitable supply chain offering key services, such as engineering and logistics; and its accessibility for UK and wider European markets. Given the market opportunity and these characteristics,[...]
August 23, 2018 | No Comments
ACDM Lite, Hemavan Airport, Sweden – Digital Information Exchange. After completing the project with validation of procedures and verification of system for ACDM Lite at Hemavan Airport we have an increased knowledge when using a minimum set of ACDM milestones for an AFIS Airport. In this project we have been able to verify the value[...]
August 23, 2018 | No Comments
The purpose of the bio fuel study was to develop an action plan for the introduction of biofuel at regional / local airports in northern Sweden, using an analysis of the market for biofuels for aircraft and land vehicle fleet. The report is meant to act as a catalyst to push forward towards a greener[...]
SPARA2020 roadmap
August 23, 2018 | No Comments
The purpose of the roadmap work was to formulate a 2050 vision for how aviation can link the Northern Periphery into an integrated industrial, commercial and cultural European unit by: Suggesting sequenced and paced actions leading to the vision Providing a comprehensive Chart of Actions that major stakeholders can sign on to Serving as input[...]
Michelle Carter and Tessa Darley of Innovate UK were in Inverness recently with a broad brief to seek out new ideas and solutions within Aviation. Their workshop (the last of 5 across the UK) was held on the 18th January in inverness and SPARA2020 participants HITRANS, HIAL and Basil O’Fee, were all in attendance. Innovate[...]
An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on General Aviation has been recently formed in the UK. Such cross party committees are formed to address pressing issues ideally in a non-partisan manner. The APPG believe that, over a period of decades, successive governments have failed to fully appreciate the critical role that General Aviation plays in promoting UK plc.[...]
On January 10th Basil O’Fee (Expert support for SPARA2020) attended a lunchtime debate at the European parliament in Brussels hosted by German MEP Ismail Ertug. This was part of a series of discussions informing consideration of the ‘Aviation Package’ from the Perspective of: Regional Aerodromes / Airlines, General + Business Aviation. The lunchtime debate themes[...]
HITRANS are in the process of gathering quotes for an electric bikes pilot project to run between May 2018-May 2019. An evaluation will be produced in August 2018 to assess the first few months of progress within SPARA and inform other airports of the process, which will feed into our wider strategy and evaluation work[...]
Rapid charge points are now being installed at Inverness Airport and Inverness City Centre to support the introduction of electric taxis at Inverness Airport. An implementation meeting was held in February 2018 between HITRANS, HIAL and The Highland Council to finalise charge point locations with suppliers. Charge points will be installed in March and April[...]
From 25th – 27th June 2018 UHI will be hosting the end of project conference in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland. The conference will be used to disseminate project results and learn from the work completed throughout the project. Invitations will be issued later this month and further information will be available[...]
….. and in so doing improve resilience for the future, whilst offering a safer, more flexible and more environmentally friendly operating environment. These improvements are only possible with developments in proven high-tech innovative technologies.  Given the scale of change envisaged, HIAL has designed an event open to all to meet the experts (SAAB, Avinor, Searidge[...]
Welcome Frank Flanagan
December 20, 2017 | No Comments
We would like to give a warm welcome to Frank Flanagan (piectured) who joins us from the Northern Western Regional Assembly. Many of you will have met Frank at the recent SPARA Conference in Hemavan, and Frank will be continuing Eimear’s good work on the non-aeronautical pilot projects at Knock and Donegal Airport. Frank will[...]