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1 Weather Impacts to Columbia Metropolitan Airport Operations Doug Anderson – Ops 12

2 Topics Department Overview The Airport System Severe Weather Processes Operational Impacts Recent FAA Changes to Airport Winter Ops

3 Introducing CAEs Operations Department 12 people with diverse educational/aviation backgrounds Airline Ops, Pilots, Movement Controllers, Safety, Law Enforcement, Security, Military Airfield Ops, Meteorology Diversity aids big picture decision-making Emergency, routine and non-routine airport events 2600+ acre facility … we make it happen! Established as a separate department in 1995 2 Coordinators on duty at all times (803) 822-5050,

4 Airport Operations Center

5 Areas of Responsibility Airfield Certification, Inspections, NOTAMs FAR Part 77 & 139 Compliance/Certification Emergency and Routine Dispatch Tenant Severe/Winter Weather Notification Airport Facility Inspections Airfield Driver Training and Orientation Maintenance Work Order Submittal And….anything else to keep CAE running!

6 Airport System Landside Component (ground movement) Passengers, cargo to/from from the air interface Roads, parking, pax/cargo unloading ramps GA (FBOs), fuel farms, pax/cargo terminals (the bridge) Airside Component (air movement) Air interface - aircraft around airport, to/from the air Airfield - runways, taxiways, aprons, approach systems, lighting, etc. Airspace – just as important as any ground-based asset

7 Airport System Weather…especially unplanned creates DELAYS Can lead to poor operational decisions, affects: Capacity…ability to handle traffic volume over time Safety (concern #1) Costs up...revenues (concern #2) down We are a heavily-dependent weather intel user Good intel aids decision processes

8 Severe Weather Processes Receipt of NWSFO Columbia Watch/Warning Also receive crash phone calls from tower….tornado! Disseminate to airport agencies/tenants Radio, telephone: Fixed Base Operators (General Aviation and Fueling) Airlines Cargo Carriers Airline Maintenance Contractors (airport construction) Key CAE Staff, Police and ARFF

9 Severe Weather Processes Increase METWATCH, Airfield/Facility Inspections Winter weather…pavement condition, friction surveys Implement Snow/Ice Control Plan (more later) Anticipate and implement emergency plans Protect people…shelter areas…evacuations Increase airfield, facility inspection frequency Issue NOTAMs Coordinate, aid in accomplishing recovery/repair efforts

10 Weather Impacts Low Ceilings and Visibilities Maintenance coordination – generators for Cat II/III ILS Airfield lighting, NAVAIDs, approach lighting Other airports….divert flow & parking, ramp space Vehicular traffic flow, public safety Passenger overflow/security and public safety issues Precipitation Airside Ponding, taxiway and runway friction/safety Airfield marking/lighting Landside Vehicle/pedestrian traffic safety Physical plant impacts

11 Weather Impacts High winds Runway selection/crosswinds Airside flow impeded Airfield fixtures…lighting, signage Power issues Road blockages Landside flow impeded Ramp safety…projectiles/maintenance Passenger/employee comfort/injuries (response) Thunderstorms All of the above, plus Fueling and airfield lightning safety

12 July 18, 2007


14 Lightning Damage!

15 High Winds Erosion Drainage/Runoff

16 Ponding…attractant to wildlife

17 Old Man Winter Climatology data helps CAE plan each season…chemical, equipment and personnel

18 Winter Weather Operations New to CAE…NAC Dynamic Friction Tester

19 Impacts Early notice helps us swing into gear! Implement Snow and Ice Control Plan Recall Personnel, Position Equipment Begin Anti-Ice Agent Application Continuous Monitoring…Continuous Action Runway/Taxiway/Ramp Condition Surveys Timely and Accurate Notices to Airmen

20 Winter Weather Operations Pavement Area Condition Braking Action Directional Control Runway Incursion Potential Roads, Parking Areas and Traffic Safety Plowing Operations…Safety Issues Obscured lighting/signage/NAVAIDs Damaged lighting/signage Windrowed/drifted snow…obstruction hazards

21 CAE Snow Removal Priorities

22 FAA Winter Ops Guidance FAA Advisory Circular 150/520-30C (12/9/08) Weather Support to Deicing Decision Making (WSDDM) systems, surface condition sensors & other technology Changes this winter: No known correlation between Mu and braking action MEDIUM braking action term no longer used ICAO term FAIR now used instead 2 consecutive POOR braking action PIREPs Must conduct runway condition assessments Continuous monitoring, timely & accurate NOTAMs required Any PIREP of NIL closes the runway

23 The Bottom Line… We appreciate your efforts! Airport system interfaces landside to airside Weather impacts the entire airport system Its not just ceilings and visibility! Your support key to a safe facility enabling safe aircraft operations and landside passenger flow How can we support you?

24 Questions? Thanks for your time!

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