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