Since its inception, it was decided that the AAGSC would adopt the motto “Striving for Excellence in Aviation Ground Safety”. From the list of quite impressive achievements below it is obvious that every effort has been made to live up to that standard.

In no particular order, those achievements are –

  • In 1999. successfully registered as an Incorporated Society with the New Zealand Companies Office.

  • In the mid-1990’s, all member airlines agreed to adopt a maximum checked baggage weight of 32kgs per single piece in order to reduce back injuries to loading staff. This recommendation was subsequently accepted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and incorporated in their Airport Handling Manual (AHM) in 1999. By agreement, in 2008 this figure was reduced to 23kgs and the change was again reflected in the IATA AHM of the same year.

  • In 1988, the Council began corresponding with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regarding the development of the new Brisbane International Airport which left the then International Terminal a considerable distance from the nearest Rescue Fire Station. At that time, the criterion for response to an incident as prescribed ICAO Annex 14 was an optimum time of 2 to 3 minutes to reach the furthest extremities of the airport movement area. The Council argued that, in order to meet the type of unusual circumstance created at Brisbane, this should be changed to the maneuvering area. ICAO agreed with this and Annex 14 was subsequently amended. This is believed to have been the first time that ICAO had accepted a recommendation from other than a State Regulatory Authority.

  • In 1988 (Sydney) and 2003 (Brisbane) the Council hosted seminars and meetings of the Air Transport Section of the US National Safety Council (ARTEX).

  • Production of a FOD training video and DVD

  • Publication of Recommended Industry Practices and Safety Alerts.

  • Production of a training video on safe driving on the ramp.

  • Provides one free Safety Seminar in New Zealand or Australia on an annual basis.

  • Provided information to IATA on Severe Weather procedures into the IATAS AHM and other ground safety procedures.

  • In the late 1990’s, created a website for both member and public access.

  • In 1998, the Council was awarded the Flight Safety Foundation/Air BP Ramp Safety Award.

  • Assisted the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority in establishing rules pertaining to the use of electronic equipment on the ramp

  • In 2001 the Council worked with the New Zealand Standards Association to commission Public Available Specification 10:2001 - Aviation High Visibility Safety Garments.