MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP held on Friday 11 March 2011 at Olympic House, Manchester Airport PRESENT: Mr P Burns (in the Chair) Cllr M Byram Mr G Davies Mr R Farr Mr T Greaves Cllr B Sharp Mr K Kent, NATS REPRESENTING MANCHESTER AIRPORT PLC: S Butterworth A Murray Mrs W Sinfield T Walmsley SECRETARIAT: Mrs R Graves, Assistant Secretary C Kearney, Cheshire East Council Environmental Protection APOLOGIES: Cllr L Grice Mr A Lang Cllr G Walton 1 MINUTES AND MATTERS ARISING RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the meeting of the Group held on 10 December 2010 be confirmed as a correct record. 2 AIRPORT INCIDENTS Simon Butterworth reported that there were no incidents or occurrences to report over the last quarter. Also the Aircraft Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) had not published any reports relating to incidents at the Airport. RESOLVED: That the report be received 3 FUTURE AIRSPACE STRATEGY Simon Butterworth briefed the Group on Manchester Airports Group (MAG) response to the CAA’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) consultation. The Consultative Committee at its meeting in January 2011 had received a presentation from Tony Rapson, CAA, on the Strategy and the Secretary had submitted a letter summarising the main issues raised during the discussion which followed. RESOLVED: That the MAG response to the CAA’s Future Airspace Strategy consultation be noted. 4 PREFERENTIAL RUNWAY USE Simon Butterworth briefed Members on the published regulatory changes to the requirements for the selection of runway in use by Air Traffic Control. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) published a revised set of procedures for the selection of runway use in November 2007. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had issued revised requirements for operations on an ‘Out of Wind Runway’ in the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 in October 2010 which became effective on 10 March 2011. The new CAA requirements required four additional factors to be taken into account for the selection of runway that took into account noise abatement considerations. These were: Visual or Instrument glide path guidance must be available Tailwind component, including gusts, must not exceed 5 knots Crosswind component, including gusts, must not exceed 15 knots Additional parameters were to be agreed with the aerodrome licensee such as the degree and type of runway surface contamination, minimum visibility and cloud ceiling and other weather conditions such as wind shear or thunderstorms It was not possible to display a real time calculation of the crosswind component to the Air Traffic Controller. In the new Control Tower, however, new equipment would be able to provide this equipment. In the mean time it was proposed that a blanket limit of 15 knot wind speed would be used as a limitation for noise abatement preferential runway selection. In immediate response to the new CAA MATS Part 1 requirements the Airport was proposing to adopt the following parameters as supplementary to the limitations for tailwind and crosswind conditions: the Instrument Landing System must be serviceable and in use approach lights must be serviceable and in use runway pavement friction conditions must have no portion below the minimum regulatory friction level runway surface must be dry or damp and not wet or contaminated tailwind requirements would not apply to an aircraft that has declared, or is known to have, an emergency situation. RESOLVED: That the briefing be received. 5 RUNWAY REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME UPDATE Simon Butterworth updated Members on the progress with the runway refurbishment programme, Work had commenced on the installation of the pit and duct system around the runway and a short film about this work was shown to Members. The film would be placed on the Community Relations page of the Airport’s web site. RESOLVED: That the report be received. 6 COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT The complaints and MANTIS figures for January 2011 had been circulated with the agenda. The complaints figures for February 2011 were tabled at the meeting. It was noted that the number of night complaints received had increased, which was due to the refurbishment work taking place. The Community Relations page on the Airport’s website was being updated regularly with details of the work being carried out and liaison meetings had been held with Parish Councils and were due to be held with Stockport Council and Manchester City Council. It was requested that the new parish councils in Styal, Wilmslow and Handforth be included in the distribution of the parish council newsletter and the liaison meetings. RESOLVED: That the report be received 7 SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT ACTION A summary of Government Action was presented by Andrew Murray, which outlined the following issues: Local Development Frameworks – Decentralisation and Localism Bill – The Bill had bee introduced to Parliament in December 2010. Reforms of the planning system which would impact on the Airport included a duty to co-operate on cross- boundary issues following abolition of regional strategies and pre application consultations with local communities before submitting planning applications with opinions raised during this having to be taken on board. Metrolink – the contract for Phase 3B, which included the line through Wythenshawe to the Airport, had commenced with contractors on site in the Airport area. Construction of a new bridge under Outwood Lane would involve disruption over the coming months. RESOLVED: That the report be noted.
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