In this video Jay Head who is the Air Ops and Safety manager at BRS explains how he uses Airstar and the benefits that Airstar brings to him and his operations.
Airstar is used to record all of the Air ops duties around the airport as well as monitoring the cleaning services contractors within the terminal
Activation of Low Visibilty Procedures (LVP)
Our latest update to our Airstar system alerts the airport when a low visibility situation arises.Â By simply activating the LVP button this automatically sets all mobile devices on the airfield to LVP operating mode and activates all the LVP procedures that have to be carried out.
It also activates all Geo-Fences around the airport that are not always ‘live’ during normal clear operating conditions.Â The facility to ‘live message’ each device is also activated at this point.
Airstar allows a Geofence (location aware boundary) to be created and placed onto a satellite imaged map that defines an area of either danger or sensitivity. Once created, any device using Airstar that should enter or approach that location will automatically activate an audio-visual alarm, alerting the operator that they are approaching or have entered a hazardous area.Â The device knows from what direction of travel and speed they have entered the area and can give instructions on how to safely manoeuvre them away from the area.
This functionality is designed to be used as a secondary system to ground radar, as it constantly sits in the background and primarily helps avoid runway incursions from within the vehicle itself.
Live Fault & Audit Logging
Our fault logging system creates a full audit trail for all faults.Â With the help of the air ops team at Gatwick we have a â€œQuick Logâ€, which is used when trying to record a fault on a live runway. You just simply take the photo and Airstar geo-tags and logs that fault location and stores it, allowing you to add further information to the fault logs once you are safely off the live runway.
Airstar provides an airport wide facility to allow easy administration of all integrated systems.
When using our portal system with its high level overview, you then have the ability to oversee and manage all airport activity in real time. Not only does this allow for better decision making, it will also ensure that all compliance procedures are carried out in the correct way.
Airstar will allow you to operate your airport more efficiently and safely as well as offering future proofing technology.
Live Vehicle Journey, Track and Trace
Airstarâ€™s â€œTrack & Traceâ€ function, provides a full journey log of all of the days journeys carried out by the air ops teams.
Historical journeys can also be viewed to highlight where vehicles were on a certain date, this could prove essential after an incident has occurred and proof of presence needs to be established.
Bird Distress Calls
We recently acquired some of the most popular bird distress calls used at UK airports, we use our interactive mapping technology to record direction and location of the birds when dispersing them.
We are continually developing this functionality and it has now been deployed into air ops vehicles at BRS & BHX.
We first started designing Airstar in 2013 exclusively with the airside operations team at BRS. It now stands alone offering many unique market leading features and benefits within this airport department. Its primary purpose was to assist them carrying out their day to day operations and procedures and record all their events from selecting through our big button easy to use event and types menu lists.
As shown here, once the desired event is selected, all of the relevant questions and actions required for that particular operation or event are then displayed.
All questions can be arranged in the correct order that they need to be completed in as shown here in this opened â€œAirfield Inspectionâ€ event.
Personal Development & Training
One of Airstarâ€™s main benefits is that it can integrate in to third party back office HR systems.
The time saving that this provides is substantial, as normally these procedures are carried out using paper based systems.
Airstar allows you to create and control all personal development and training records as well as tracking an individuals level of achievement, competency and standards.
For example, these slides are taken from a trial that Bristol Airport Firefighters ran, it shows how a CAP 699 procedure has been created on Airstar and how the questions are laid out on the tablet, as well as additional guidance information for each particular section.
The benefits are that all training, qualifications and other HR information are easily accessible and held in one system.
Video and Photoâ€™s can also be used when completing an individuals personal development assessments.
Bristol Airport has worked with Woodstar since day one to develop their product to suit the needs of the whole aviation operation.
This concept was born out of frustration at the lack of technological solutions and innovation within the Airside Operations world.
The desire to progress and constantly improve our Safety Management System resulted in the conception of Airstar to provide us with robust assurance.
A simple app-based front end that is user friendly and intuitive for even novice users, coupled with a powerful flexible back office, creates the best product we have seen on the market to date.
Packed full of modern features such as Geo-Fencing and real time asset management, my team can manage their workloads and effectively communicate directly from the operation and management can pull a host of important statistics and reports off in seconds.
Our current modules include Wildlife Management and Distress Calls, Incident Investigation, Auditing, Lone Working and Tracking.
Woodstar have been fantastic in working with the team to tailor the modules to our individual business needs and we are currently looking at the application being rolled out across the wider business to provide solutions to other operational departments too.