A comprehensive and frequently practised Aerodrome Emergency Plan (AEP), developed and maintained in consultation with all responsible agencies, is essential to ensure that loss of life and suffering in the event of an emergency, is minimised.
Aerodrome Emergency Plans (AEPs) must be tested regularly to ensure effectiveness, particularly given the dynamic nature of the airport environment. This can be best achieved through carefully planned exercises which can:
A full-scale airport emergency exercise is not a training exercise. It is not designed to teach airport and other team members about emergency response or to ensure that those involved are competent in the roles they may be assigned. The purpose of an airport emergency exercise is to evaluate the preparedness and capabilities of an airport, its tenants, and response agencies.
Airport emergency exercises should be conducted in accordance with legislated requirements and the operational risk profile, considering any ‘rising tide events or risks as they become prevalent. The exercise will have an aim and set of objectives to ensure that the exercises meet the agreed criteria and that the exercise can accord with the following minimum requirements:
3.1 Requirements that apply at all certified aerodromes
3.1.1 The operator of a certified aerodrome is required to:
3.1.2 Additional requirements (as outlined below) are dependent on the type and frequency of aircraft operations occurring at the aerodrome.
3.1.3 To meet their compliance obligations, it is expected each aerodrome operator would have an awareness of the movement rates at their aerodrome. For guidance on monitoring and calculating air transport passenger/aircraft movement numbers, refer to AC 139.A-03 ‘Application of aerodrome standards’.
3.1.4 Aerodromes that are an ‘alternate’ for international operations are not considered to have scheduled international air transport operations, therefore the scheduled international air transport operations trigger will not apply at these aerodromes.
3.2 Does my aerodrome require an Aerodrome Emergency Plan?
3.2.1 In addition to the requirements in para 3.1.1, an AEP that meets the requirements of section 24.02 of the Part 139 MOS, is required for an aerodrome that has:
3.2.2 Aerodromes that have an AEP are to adhere to the testing and review requirements stated in section 24.05 of the Part 139 MOS.
3.2.3 Guidance on developing, testing, and review of the AEP are further described in section 6 of this [Advisory Circular] AC.
3.3 Aerodromes that do not require an Aerodrome Emergency Plan
3.3.1 Operators of an aerodrome that does not meet the trigger criterion to have an aerodrome emergency plan (AEP) are, in addition to the requirements in para 3.1.1, required to:
3.3.2 Local emergency responders should be familiar with the emergency preparedness and response arrangements.