Contractor Safety and Security - Training Comes First
Airports provide a unique working environment for the surveyor. Besides normal safety and operating procedures, airports
have additional concerns such as security,
movement and non-movement areas, radio control areas, and critical areas
around navigational aids.
Before beginning work, a member of the airport team must conduct an indoctrination briefing
for the survey team, then lead a walk around the airport. During this trip the surveyor gets an idea of the complexity
of airport operations.
The airport operator must ensure that everyone driving a
vehicle or working on the tarmac is familiar with radio communications, speed limits, navigational aid critical areas, and other
factors. Standardized signs and markings on the runways and taxiways
help, but since each airport is different, each has its own complexities.
Each airport should have a Ground Vehicle
Operations Training Program and Manual. The survey team should attend the program and receive a copy of the manual before starting work on the airside. If your team does not
receive training or a manual, ask for it.
Survey teams working on or near runways at airports without an air traffic control tower must maintain a constant
radio vigil with the tower. If radio communication is
lost, the tower signals with a light gun. Light gun signals have different meanings for vehicles and
personnel, aircraft on the ground, and aircraft in flight. The survey team
must know these signals and keep a chart available for quick
Knowing and following these general precautions and other local requirements, are part of your job. Remember that safety is your concern.