Air BP, the specialised aviation division of oil company BP, has completed the initial implementation phase of its OMEGA fuel handling system for Carlisle Airport’s entire operational staff.
The phase included a comprehensive induction, full training needs analysis and the set-up of an extensive library of control documents. Air BP will now offer continual training along with technical advice and specific guidance tailored to the airport’s requirements.
Air BP launches the OMEGA (Operations Manual for External General Aviation) package of information, documentation, consultancy and training at Carlisle Airport in January 2013 to complement its fuel farm upgrade work, scheduled to commence this month as part of its current contract. The work will comprise a new Avgas tank and jet fuel farm upgrade.
OMEGA has been designed to ensure that customers like airport operators and refuelling contractors can achieve high levels of operating standards when handling fuel. It highlights operational best practice from the moment fuel arrives at the airport and advises on safe storage and quality testing through advanced check lists, as well as making recommendations on how to move fuel around the airport and providing instructions for the safe filling of aircraft tanks.
Air BP is using its own in-house training team to deliver the bespoke training to Carlisle’s operational team. The initial training takes six to eight weeks and further modules are offered on an ongoing bases.
Stobart Group-owned Carlisle Airport recently received planning permission to develop a 394,000sq ft (36,604m2) freight distribution centre on the site and resurface the runway in readiness for air freight and passenger flights to London Southend and Dublin airports. Commenting on the initial OMEGA implementation, Andy Judge, Carlisle Airport Director, said: “This is a very positive step for Carlisle Airport and goes hand in hand with our plans to develop the airport. With safety being our number one priority, OMEGA is a key component in our safety management strategy and offers exactly what the airport needs in terms of providing valuable ongoing support to ensure that knowledge and performance in operational techniques remain up-to-date. It also complements the fuel farm upgrade perfectly.”
The launch of the OMEGA programme at Carlisle Airport follows hard on the heels of the OMEGA implementation at both London Oxford and London Biggin Hill airports which began using the system in October 2012. It is anticipated that further UK airports will begin to introduce the system in the coming months as Air BP promotes the safety benefits utilising the system can have at an airport’s fuel facility.
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