The long awaited PwC Air Links Infrastructure Report has finally been released on Friday 8th March, following a request for its publication made by The 2020 Association under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice for Access to Public Information, (2014).
The 2020 Association made its request on Monday 4th March. After an immediate holding response saying that the States would “aim to respond within 20 days”, the Policy and Resources Committee then stated to the Association that the Report would be released by Monday 11th March. It was in fact released on Friday 8th March
James Collings, the Chief Executive of the 2020 Association, said: “We are very pleased that as a result of our efforts, and apparently following some urgent scrambling caused by the receipt of our request, this important Report has now been opened up so that the public, who have paid for it, can examine its content and judge how it has been handled by our government. We will ourselves be looking at the Report in the light of the comments made during States’ Debates after receipt of the Report but before it was made public.
“We are especially pleased at our victory because we understand that up to 90% of requests under the Code are declined. We remain of the view that such an important aspect of government accountability ought, in the modern day, to be the subject of a full Freedom of Information Law, rather than simply a Code of Practice. Guernsey’s people deserve nothing less.”
The Report can be found on line at:
2020 Association demands to see PwC reports on transport links
The 2020 Association has made a request under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice for Access to Public Information (2014) for the two Reports commissioned by the States on the island’s air and sea transport links to be produced to it, with a view to general disclosure to the public.
James Collings, the Chief Executive of the Association, said “In spring 2018, PwC was commissioned by the Policy and Resources Committee to produce two Reports: one into Air Links Infrastructure and the second into a Contingency Plan relating to the sale of Condor Ferries by its owner. These Reports were received back by P&R in autumn 2018. They have been shared with the Committee for Economic Development, the States Trading Supervisory Board and the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure. However, they have been withheld from the public. These are public documents. They have been paid for from the public purse. The taxpayer has a right to see them, and P&R have an obvious obligation to produce them. The 2020 Association has therefore made a request for production under the States of Guernsey Code of Practice.”
The improvement of transport connectivity, and the implementation of a full Freedom of Information Law are among the foremost stated objectives of the 2020 Association.
A copy of our letter is here.
There are several videos on YouTube relating to this topic.
This video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_wsF06FARpQ was emailed to all Deputies by Nigel Moll (Flight Operations Director at Aurigny Air Services) at the behest of Mark Darby. It was requested by Barry Brehaut. Of course, they wouldn’t have been allowed to attempt the landing in fog – as one pilot put it – “you can’t just have a go and see”.
There have been a number of trial flights
undertaken by Aurigny and ATR in evaluation of the new Clearvision
technology – these included some well publicised trials in June.
The Airport was advised these were occurring and were given an opportunity to review the output.
Comment on the above video from two professional pilots: “That is just low cloud – not fog on the surface….. in the flare it looks like more than CAT I+ – you can see quite clearly without the EVS down the runway. It has been done to fool people – probably a 150ft cloud base and 700m RVR.”
Here’s a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv90kPhT3Z8 of a HGS CATIIIa manual approach at LDZA, RVR 200/175/175 meters, VV 50 feet.
EMAS. Passengers on Southwest plane saved by Hollywood Burbank Airport’s high-tech runway cushion: https://abc7.com/passengers-on-southwest-plane-saved-by-high-tech-runway-cushion/4856725/
A joint statement from the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and the Guernsey branch of the Institute of Directors
Guernsey Press article 05/12/2018
Guernsey Press article 22/08/2018
Guernsey Press article 16/07/2018
Guernsey Press article 22/06/2018
Bailiwick Express article 22/06/2018
ATR Press Release Aurigny
ATR Press Release DRUIK Air
ATR Press Release DRUIK Air
ClearVision™ system video
Gov.gg: Aurigny Air Services – Aircraft Acquisitions
2013 – Aurigny hopes new jet will put airline into profit
That ‘profit’ doesn’t reflect the £15M we just gave them.
Guernsey Airport is well known for its susceptibility to low visibility conditions, combined with a relatively poor instrument landing capability. The airport frequently suffers flight cancellations and delays which inconvenience Islanders, impact businesses and can deter visitors. For any island economy, an airport is a lifeline and flight disruptions can have severe social and economic consequences.
Capt Mervyn Dacey has very graciously shared his report which has been written to provide an up to date view of the options available to the States of Guernsey to improve the flight reliability when Guernsey is affected by fog.
It shows how Guernsey airport could be improved to enable operations in very low visibility (fog) using proven (CAT III) technology which has been used for more than half a century.
Modern EMAS technology (engineered materials arrestor system) at the end of the runway can minimize the land area required and keep all runway improvements within the current airfield boundary.
Improving the airport infrastructure represents far better value for money in delivering schedule regularity than purchasing new EVS ATR72 planes.
The current Aurigny ATR72, the Embraer Jet plus the Flybe Dash 8 aircraft could all already land in Guernsey in the same fog visibility as the New EVS ATR72 aircraft, but they need the airport improvement to do so.
The Aurigny jet could land in much lower visibilities of CAT III 200m, than the EVS ATR 72, but again only if the airport is improved.
Buying the EVS ATR72 Airplanes will still leave all the Gatwick, Southampton and Exeter passengers stranded in the fog.
The replacement of 9 year old ATR72 aircraft appears to be unjustified at this time. The life of these aircraft is in the order of 30 years which compares with large jet transport aircraft. In comparison British Airways and Virgin Airlines B747-400 aircraft are over 30 years old and remain in service. The ATR72 aircraft do not need replacement because of their age.
Mr. Dacey’s document was sent to all States Members on the 2nd December 2018.
We support anything that will lead to the better connectivity of Guernsey with the mainland. We are hopeful that the Requête of Deputy Kuttelwascher (one of our members) will be one of the first steps in improving the situation.
Synopsis: Maximise existing airport facilities using existing runway to allow competing airlines to service Guernsey.
As of today (02/12/2018), has the ‘Scoping Document’ to the consultants been produced?
Deputy Kuttelwascher’s Requete on the length of Guernsey’s runway:
- To direct the States’ Trading Supervisory Board to consult with the Director of Civil Aviation to determine if:
- a) A 90 metres “undershoot” RESA is acceptable for landings on runway 27
- b) A 90 metres “overrun” RESA is acceptable on runway 09.
- c) To identify any safety enhancements, including EMAS, which would be required to enable the commissioning of 107 metres of the starter strip/paved RESA or to mitigate the reduction in the length of the RESA from 197 metres to 90 metres.
- Following that consultation, if there is evidence to suggest that the commissioning of the 107 metres is possible, to direct the States’ Trading Supervisory Board to return to the States by March 31st 2019 with a Policy Letter giving, inter alia, indicative estimates of the costs of all components of the commissioning requirements.
Discussed: States Meeting on 24 October 2018 (Billet d’État XXIII)
Voted: 35 for, 3 absent, 2 against (Deputies Brehaut, Langlois)