Aerodrome & Ground Environment (AGE)
The Committee’s Role
The Aerodrome and Ground Environment (AGE) Committee is primarily tasked with providing a liaison between the Airports community, FESPLA, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The primary focus of our work is to ensure that airports around the world adhere to ICAO Annex 14 (Aerodrome Standards) and to provide input to ICAO on the improvement of the Annex 14 Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as the industry evolves.
In order to provide a policy platform from which we can assess the requirements to update ICAO’s Annex 14, we have developed our own FESPLA Annex 14, detailing areas where we feel that improvement is needed. Our mission is to lobby ICAO and the ICAO contracting States to implement our requirements, provide input at the individual airport level on improvements, and to inform our membership where there is a difference between what we advocate as the minimum level and what is currently being provided.
Many States continue to file differences to the ICAO Annex 14 SARPs and as such our work is required and timely. As new technologies emerge, such as Visual Docking Guidance Systems (VDGS), Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) or Runway Status Lights (RWSL) we will work with the developers of such systems, to ensure that the needs of the aviation community are safely met, and if there are areas of non-compliance, that these are notified to the member associations so that additional cautions can be developed.