APEX in Safety review at Newark International Airport

Juan Manuel Manriquez Viñas by Juan Manuel Manriquez Viñas | May 1, 2018

Spring came with a breeze of knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices to North America, were the APEX in Safety Team conducted the first of three reviews with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).

From 9–13 April 2018, Newark Liberty International Airport hosted an APEX in Safety review. The team was composed of experts from ACI North America Regional Office and six international airports:

  1. London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
  2. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  3. Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  4. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  5. Miami International Airport (MIA)
  6. Seattle International Airport (SEA)

The APEX team, led by Juan Manuel Manriquez from ACI World, was thrilled with the dedication and commitment demonstrated by EWR and PANYNJ management and staff.     

“The APEX Team for EWR provided unprecedented value and subject matter expertise for airport safety.  The comprehensive review of Part 139, SMS, ARFF and wildlife resulted in recommendations to guide the safety system implementation.  We believe the relationships and partnerships developed over the week-long study will endure for years to come.” Said Lisa Gardner, Regulatory and Operational Support, Aviation Department, PANYNJ.

During the weeklong review filled with many hours spent at the airport, the APEX and EWR teams reviewed:

  • runways
  • taxiways
  • aprons
  • fire station
  • training facilities
  • wildlife hazard management
  • markings
  • pavement
  • electrical maintenance
  • documents
  • manuals
  • procedures

Discussions between the teams and different stakeholders included regulation compliance and best practices with emphasis on Safety Management System (SMS) within the organization.

The review concluded with a detailed debriefing at the end of the week providing PANYNJ with a roadmap towards the SMS implementation as well as best practices for safety and operations, leaving behind a great synergy among EWR staff.

“The primary role of a Safety Leaders is to walk their people into the future, the APEX Team certainly has ensured that EWR will be in the forefront of SMS and that we, as Safety Leaders, are front stage in this effort” said Julio Pereira, Manager, Aeronautical Services EWR.

The APEX team is now working on report that will provide EWR detailed information about the observations and recommendations discussed during the review.

If you want to know more about the APEX in Safety programme, please visit our website at www.aci.aero/APEX or email us at apexsafety@aci.aero.  

Juan Manuel Manriquez Viñas

Juan Manuel Manriquez Viñas

Juan Manuel Manriquez Viñas is an airport professional with over 20 years of airport experience, related to airside and landside operations, airport design, construction, aerodrome certification, passenger satisfaction, ground handling and cargo management.
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