A primer on IGOM, ISAGO, AHM and GDDB, and IATA's plans to standardize ground handling operations throughout the world.

“You wouldn’t believe how many ways there are to chock an A320,” said Captain Peter Laasner, senior manager, ground operations for Swiss European Air Lines, who served as the IGOM task force chairman. Some GSPs were putting chock in front of and behind all the wheels of aircraft just to be sure they were compiling with different sets of demands.

“What we did was identify the best way to chock all narrow-body aircraft, including the A320,” Laasner said.

During the webinar Laasner mentioned two ways task force member KLM expects to gain from standardization:

  • The airline expects to save $274,000 annually in administrative costs related to investigating the causes of accidents and injuries.
  • Since streamlined procedures means streamlined training, the airline expects to reduce training a half-day per employee, equaling about $167 per employee per year.

For his part, Laasner said his airline expects to save $350,000 a year on flights into the UK due to changes in standardized arrival procedures that convinced the country’s aviation regulators to allow ground power to be connected to aircraft before the engines are switched off.

“Standardization will allow the airlines to concentrate on doing what passengers will appreciate,” he added.

Where do I get a copy of IGOM?

The group’s goal was to have six chapters of the IGOM ready for publication by the end of 2011. The first edition of IGOM was released in April 2012 and sent to all purchasers of the latest edition of the AHM as a supplement.

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So where does IGOM go from here?

The task force will continue to meet twice a year to consider proposed changes to the contents of IGOM. Changes to the second edition are already expected due to gap analysis between IGOM and AHM.

IATA plans to partner with worldwide regulators, including the FAA, to start getting IGOM adopted. The European Civil Aviation Conference has already given its endorsement to IGOM and ISAGO.

Over the next two years, IATA plans to address any overlaps and/or differences between IGOM and AHM. By 2015, IGOM should be ready for implementation.

IATA has already begun promoting IGOM to airlines and wants feedback to further update the manual.

Training programs are expected this year and next. And by 2016, the hope is that IGOM will be embedded within ISAGO as the industry standard.

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