Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety

Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Programme provides assistance for ACI members to improve their level of safety and compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. Through a Safety Review performed on-site, the ACI Safety Review Team will identify safety gaps, as well as, draw an action/implementation plan for the Host Airport to address these vulnerabilities. ACI will also assist the Host Airport throughout the implementation phase by providing support, training and access to a global network of expertise.

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The Mission of APEX in Safety is:

To be the leading enabler of airport safety by increasing the level of compliance with aerodrome regulations through cooperation between ICAO, Safety Partners and airports around the world.

The Vision of APEX in Safety is:

To assist airports in their efforts to improve their safety performance, to implement safety management systems, establish indicators and tools for the reduction of safety incidents.
To increase the level of compliance with applicable standards and foster the sharing of best safety practices amongst the airport community.

Safety Review – The Mechanism

Under APEX in Safety, ACI will organize and dispatch a team of experts to the Host Airport to improve its level of safety in specific areas of interest. The Host Airport will receive an on-site visit of a specially set up team of experts – the ACI Safety Review Team.

The following areas are presented as an example:

> Runway Safety> Safety Management Systems (SMS)
> Aerodrome Certification> Wildlife Hazard Management
> Markings, Signs and Lighting> Rescue and Firefighting
> Emergency Response> Airside Driver and Vehicle Management
> Improvement of AIP Documentation> Management of Ground Handlers, Contractual and Legal Issues
> Low Visibility Procedure> Obstacle Management
> Winter Operations> FOD Management
> Movement Area Maintenance> Movement Area Access
> Aerodrome Works Safety> Apron Safety Management
> Removal of Disabled Aircraft> Hazardous Material Handling

APEX in Safety Benefits

The enhanced level of safety will directly benefit the State. The State oversight capabilities will receive a boost, as the airport participating in the APEX in Safety Program will display a greater level of compliance with the national regulations applicable and the ICAO SARPS, under the umbrella of the State Safety Program (SSP).

> Tailored approach> Measures that can be immediately implemented
> Access to global network of safety experts> Practical application
> Action Plan> Effective results within reach
> ICAO regulatory aspects covered> Appropriate solutions based on specific operational environment
> Access to knowledge data base> Access to documentation
> Guidance material> Training, workshops, and further assistance available

Request an ACI Safety Review

Fill out the 'Template to Request a Safety Review' and email to Christopher Miles, Assistant Director, APEX in Safety at:

Template to Request a Safety Review

More Information About APEX

Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety Reference Document

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