Night Operation: A Successful Hazard Mitigation Example in Flight Inspection
Andrea Gioia, ENAV S.p.A., Italy
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 10:45 a.m.
As traffic in aviation is continuing to increase throughout the world, more and more airports require to perform calibration at night. This solution is obviously cost-effective from an air traffic management point of view; however, this can be very challenging for flight inspection organizations.
This paper will explain the risk assessment process followed in one flight inspection organization according to the hazard identified, the mitigation action taken, and the safety performance indicators chosen. It will describe Standard Operating Procedures and policies adopted, and training provided on peculiar threats, such as night visual illusion, laser attack, and fatigue awareness. Even though certain maneuvers, such as the clearance below path check, are not possible, the majority of the flight check can be performed at night within an acceptable level of safety and with very little, if any, effect on airport efficiency.