Rapid chargers are soon to be installed at Inverness Airport and in Inverness City Centre to enable local taxi firms to feasibly add electric vehicles to their fleets and decarbonise transport to and from the airport. Inverness Taxis have been awarded a 7-year contract at Inverness Airport and are committed to lowering their carbon emissions[...]
Over the next month or two, fast chargers are to be installed at Inverness Airport, Kirkwall Airport and Stornoway Airport to enable car clubs to operate fully electric vehicles from remote and peripheral airport locations. E Car Club have already witnessed a strong interest at Inverness Airport, but are currently only able to offer 1[...]
An economic impact study began at Wick John O’Groats Airport (which is nestled in the far north of the mainland of Scotland in Caithness and Sutherland and offers unspoilt natural surroundings within small, enterprising communities) on 24th August. Questionnaires are being issued to all passengers using the airport and will capature data in these 4 areas: – Tourist[...]
   SPARA 2020 was represented by several attendees at the ATRS World Conference in Antwerp in July. ATRS is a global academic research network that was established in 1995.   SPARA 2020 participants, Jayne Westbrook of HITRANS (pictured, left) Prof Rico Merkert of the University of Sydney (pictured left, in the background),  and Basil O’Fee and[...]
             The above report can be accessed here.
Dr Graeme Baxter (pictured, left) presented  on the results of the social and cultural importance of small, remote airpots in the Northern Periphery at the above international conference which was held at the University of Aberdeen from 27-29 August. The interdisciplinary conference brought together academics from across the world where they discussed various aspects of the history,[...]
Donegal Airport is located at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal. Carrickfinn is located on the west coast of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way and is within a Gaeltacht region, therefore many of the locals are fluent in the native Irish language. Donegal boasts some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery and there are many great places[...]
Through the Low Carbon Solutions work package, HITRANS will be linking with E-Car Club and HIAL to install fast chargers at airports in the HITRANS and NPA region to facilitate E-Car Club services at the airports. Assisting E-Car Club with these charge points will ensure this service is brought to the regional airports, and provide[...]
Routes Europe
April 4, 2017 | No Comments
     Routes Europe is being held in Belfast this year between the 23rd and 25th April.   If anyone is interested to find out more about the SPARA2020 project and is attending please, drop a line to bofee@northpointaviaiton.com who is providing support to project lead partner, and he will be happy to rendezvous for an[...]
Remote tower
April 4, 2017 | No Comments
The British Irish Airports Expo is being held in the NEC Birmingham on the 7th and 8th of June. They are holding a very relevant all day seminar on Remote Air Traffic with contributions from UK and Irish Airports who have been investigating the technology, from the UK and Irish CAAs, and from invited specialist[...]
The University of Sydney and Molde University are commissioned to appraise the potential for further efficiency improvements among the airports in the Northern Periphery Area. For the SPARA2020 benchmarking study, we would kindly like to ask you to complete the web-based survey: https://az1.qualtrics.com/jfe2/preview/SV_3mlzSmsKAVCKKot This information will provide highly valuable input to the SPARA2020 project. All[...]
Within SPARA2020 we investigate what policy makers can do to improve commercial viability of regional and remote aviation. As part of that question one needs to evaluate whether it is worth having regional air services at all. For the regions themselves this is a no brainer because the economic, social, cultural and health impact of[...]
Access the above article, written by Svein Brathen and Knut Sandberg Eriksen here.
As in the previous newsletter, “How will remote technology work in remote regions?”, remote technologies represent a significant opportunity for airports in peripheral regions. One of our partners, Storuman, together with their sub-partner SENSEC, an SME in the security-business, is underway of setting up a pilot for remote security. As of today we are advocating[...]
After the fact finding mission at Hemavan Airport, the project team focus work on processes and use cases to perform analysis on how to best support the actors involved. Use Case of flight phases and involved actors for a flight from Stockholm-Arlanda to Hemavan Airport (and the return flight) is developed, including the standard way[...]
Stakeholder engagement
February 17, 2017 | No Comments
A draft generic engagement template has been developed and circulated within the Robert Gordon University project team for comment. It will be updated to reflect any responses made by the team then used to create specific templates to enable airports to implement stakeholder and public engagement strategies. Work is under way to identify best practices for engagement[...]
It is anticipated that European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will introduce new operational rules during the first quarter of 2017 to allow commercial operations by Single Engine Turbine (SET) aircraft in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). This timescale is not fixed and is subject to the legislative process, which has already run for longer than originally[...]
In February 2017 Highlands & Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL) operated Campbeltown Airport on the west coast of Scotland became the first airport to operate flights in mainland Britain without any security screenings for nearly 50 years. All 15 passengers travelling on the Loganair flight on Monday from Campbeltown to Glasgow were allowed to board the[...]
Looking at the international scene, the Transportstyrelsen report tracked visit durations for the 33 European cities most frequently flown to from the Swedish airports were then calculated.   As a rule reachability is better than accessibility, i.e. you can spend longer at European destinations than you can spend in Sweden when travelling there from those destinations.[...]
Swedish agencies Trafikverket and Transportstyrelsen have undertaken some useful indexing of regional domestic and international air connectivity for the Swedish Regions.  These measures help guide public decision making about the supplementary role that aviation can play in ensuring adequate provision of transport connectivity appropriate to the social and economic needs of each region is maintained. [...]