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    Acronym / Term Definition
    ABD Automated Bag Drop
    ABUSC Aviation Business Unit Safety Committee 
    Active management

    The use of short-term management techniques such as distress calls, pyrotechnics, and culling to disperse or remove birds.

    ADA Airside Driver Authority
    ADR Australian Design Rule
    Adverse effect to planned flight strike

    A wildlife strike that results in aircraft damage, flight delay, aborted take-off, missed approaches, and other impacts to scheduled flight.

    AEC Airport Emergency Committee 
    AEP Airport Emergency Plan
    AEP SUP Airport Emergency Plan APAM Supplement
    AGL Airfield Ground Lighting
    AIA Approved Issuing Authority
    Aircraft Pavement Zone Defined as a paved surface that is located within the runway, taxiway and also apron system. This area is further defined as an area of pavement that would cause an impact to aircraft operations as a result of a temporary or full closure being arranged by the Airside Safety Team

    A software package used by Melbourne Airport to record and store compliance and training documentation.

    Airport A defined area of land (including any buildings, installations and equipment), intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure and movement of aircraft
    Airport Officer A person appointed by the Secretary as an authorised person under the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997.
    Airport Operator The airport operator company - Melbourne Airport
    Airside The movement area of an airport, adjacent terrain and buildings or portions thereof, access to which is controlled. In short, everywhere on the inside of the security fence line
    Airside Road / Freight Service Road Airside Road runs along the front of the terminal and underneath and adjacent to the terminal concourses, Freight Service Road is the roadway in front of the cargo buildings on the southern apron and it continues around to the Dnata Freight Facility
    Airside Driver Authority (ADA) An authority issued by the Airport Operator or Approved Issuing Authority to a driver for the purpose of driving in certain areas on the Airside. Also known as an Airside Driver Authority.
    Airside Safety Management System An Airside Safety Management System is an integrated set of management practices, beliefs and procedures for monitoring and improving the safety and health aspects of an organisation.
    ALAO Access Licence for Airside Operators
    ALCMS Airfield Lighting Control and Monitoring System
    ALER Airport Lighting Equipment Room
    APAC Australian Pacific Airports Corporation
    APAM Australian Pacific Airports Melbourne
    Approved Issuing Authority An organisation approved by the airport operator to issue Authorities to Drive Airside
    Apron Portion of the Airport to be used for the purpose of enabling passengers to board or disembark from aircraft, loading or unloading cargo from an aircraft, refuelling, parking or aircraft maintenance
    Apron Taxilanes An Apron Taxilane is different to a taxiway in that it is a portion of an apron designated to provide access to aircraft parking bays only. At Melbourne Airport there is Romeo, Quebec, Papa, Uniform, Golf & Yankee Taxilanes.
    ANR Air Navigation Regulations
    ASA Aeronautical Services Agreement
    ASC Airside Safety Committee
    ASIC Australian Security Identification Card
    ASO Airside Safety Officer
    ATO Authorised Training Officer
    ATOM APAC Risk Management System
    AUA Authority to Use Airside
    Authorised Training Officer A training officer of an Approved Issuing Authority or an officer of the Airport Operator, approved by the Airport Operator to train and test applicants for an Authority to Drive Airside
    Authority to Use Airside (AUA) An authority to be affixed to a vehicle approved to access the Airside, issued by the Airport Operator. Otherwise known as a vehicle permit.
    AVCH Airside Vehicle Control Handbook
    AVP Airside Vehicle Permit
    Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) A card issued to an individual under authority of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications that allows access of persons on duty to the Security Restricted Area of the Airport
    CAP Critical Area Protection
    Critical Area Protection is declared when visibility falls below 2000M but not less than 550M and the cloud base reduces to 600FT but above 200FT
    Clean Waste Waste that does not easily break down. Examples include plastic wrapping, paper, metal objects such as
    suitcase locks and bolts, wooden pallets, clean paper, cardboard boxes, stones and tools. Note: APAM has committed to banning plastic wrap used on luggage carts by the end of 2021.
    CMP Crisis Management Plan
    Company The owner or other person, firm, company or corporation (including government departments or business enterprises), controlling the operations of one or more vehicles on Airside, or any person who has rented/ leased such vehicles for operation by his own agent.
    Concourse The concourse are the parts of the terminal building that extend from the main terminal onto the apron areas. A concourse is sometimes called a pier or a finger
    Critical Areas A restricted area surrounding and protecting the integrity of the navigation aids (e.g. glidepath or the localiser).
    Cross Bleed Engine Start The use of bleed air from one engine to start another, requiring power to be set higher than idle.
    CUDL Common Use Departure Lounge
    CUSS Common Use Self Service
    CUTE Common Use Terminal Equipment

    Damaging Wildlife Strike

    A wildlife strike that results in damage in accordance with one of the below definitions:
    A substantial damaging wildlife strike occurs when there is damage or structural failure incurred by an aircraft by a wildlife strike that adversely affects the structural strength, performance or flight characteristics of the aircraft and that would normally require major repair or replacement of the affected component.

    A serious damaging wildlife strike occurs when there is damage to a transport vehicle that affects the structural integrity, performance, or operational characteristics of that vehicle, and requires major repair or replacement of the affected component or components of that vehicle, or destruction of the transport vehicle.
    DAMP Melbourne Airport maintains a Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP), as is required by CASA. Airside drivers must have zero blood alcohol and drug levels in their system at all times.
    DG Dangerous goods

    Wildlife that are active during the daytime.

    EAP Evacuation Assembly Point
    Engine Ground Run The ground operation of an engine or a propeller for the purposes of testing or maintenance.
    Engine Run-Up Bay An area allocated for idle to high powered engine runs.
    Equipment Any equipment that cannot move under its own power, and therefore must be pushed or towed.
    Equipment Staging Area Defined by a broken red line, this area is for the short term staging of equipment. These areas are to be utilised no more than 25 minutes prior to the arrival of an aircraft and 15 minutes after the aircraft departure.
    Equipment Storage Area Defined by a solid red line, this area is for the medium term storage of equipment (no longer than 24 hours).
    Escort The supervision of a vehicle and its occupant’s airside by a person whereby that person takes responsibility for and provides guidance to the driver
    Escort Officer A person authorised by the Airport Operator to perform the act of escorting another vehicle on the Airside of the Airport
    FCP Forward Command Post
    FIDS Flight Information Display System
    FOD Foreign Object Debris. An aviation term for refuse/ debris that could potentially cause damage to staff, aircraft or equipment.
    Follow-me Service A “Follow Me Service” is service provided to aircraft or vehicles by an escort authorized by Melbourne Airport.

    When animals search for and obtain food.

    Frequent At least 3 times per week.
    FSZ Fuelling Safety Zone
    GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) GBAS comprises 4 separate antenna arrays (GPS Reference Receiver) linked to the main GBAS shelter, it provides pilots with precision approach guidance to all four runway directions, as oppose to the Glide Slope and Localiser associated with the Instrument Landing System (ILS).
    GIS Geographical Information System
    GPU Ground Power Unit
    Grasslands This is an area where we have native and non-native grasses airside.  It includes but not limited to Taxiways, Runways, Roads and Buildings to which we have grass as a surface
    GSE Gound Servicing Equipment - Equipment that is owned leased or licensed and operated by an airside operator for the servicing of an aircraft. GSE includes container loading vehicles, belt loaders, high lift trucks, cabin cleaning vehicles, refuelling vehicles, lavatory trucks, water trucks, container dollies, container profiles, tow bars, mobile stairs, push-back tugs, baggage tugs, ground power units, catering vehicles, engineering services vehicles and rolling stock.
    GSE Area That part of an airport which is designated for the storage of equipment used to service aircraft.
    GSR Gun Safe Room
    Handling Agent A person authorised by the Aviation Company to carry out ground handling of passengers and baggage.
    Intrinsic Electronic Device Any electronic equipment that has an explosive proof certification
    IOC Integrated Operations Centre
    ILS (Instrument Landing System) The ILS is a ground-based instrument approach system that provides precision guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway, using a combination of radio signals from a Localiser and Glidepath.
    Jet Blast Exhaust from the rear of an operating jet engine.
    JUHI Joint User Hydrant Infrastructure
    Landside Portion of an Airport not designated as Airside to which the general public normally has unrestricted access
    Listening Watch Monitoring the radio and relating what is heard to what is seen (e.g. seeing an aircraft move off the runway, and then hearing its radio transmission). Being able to develop a mental picture of what is happening and being situationally aware.
    LOA Letter of Agreement
    Loafing When animals rest.
    Low visibility Conditions These conditions exist when visibility falls below 800 metres, or the cloud base is 200 feet or less due to fog, heavy rain, dust, smoke or low cloud.
    LWP Local Works Plan
    Maintenance Base Aprons Apron area located in front of maintenance hanger.
    Manoeuvring Area That part of an Airport to be used for the taxiing, take-off and landing of aircraft (i.e. Taxiways and Runways)
    Movement Area That part of an Airport to be used for the surface movement of aircraft, including Manoeuvring Areas and Aprons
    MOWP Method of Working Plan
    Noise exposure standard This refers to the 8 hour equivalent continuous sound pressure level of 85 Decibels (dB), or peak hold pressure level reading of 140dB.
    Notifiable Event Any incident/accident or hazard on the airside.
    NIGS Nose In Guidance System
    Ops Advice  Operations Advice 
    Operational Licence All Airside Operators at Melbourne Airport will require an Operations Licence to operate airside. This requirement has become necessary to ensure that all Airside Operators formerly acknowledge they are committed to complying with the Melbourne Airport “Airside Conditions of Use” and associated Airside Operational Safety Policies.
    Operational Radio Radio used for communicating with Air Traffic Control on Melbourne Ground frequency 121.7 MHz, and Melbourne Clearance Delivery frequency 127.2 MHz.
    Passengers Passengers are classified as any individual with a valid air ticket for the purpose of air travel.
    Paved Surface This is an area where the natural surface of the area has been sealed with a pavement structure such as asphalt, concrete or spray seal aggregate. For any paved surfaces, please refer to the Dig Permit in Pavement Area for more advice
    PED Portable Electronic Device
    Pedestrians A pedestrian is any staff member or contractor that has an authority to be airside and who travels by foot.
    Penetration An action that requires the operator / worker to break through the natural surface level of the area whether this be by digging, drilling, or hydro-excavation
    PERCOW Permission to Commence Works 
    Perimeter Road The road extending from Qantas Catering to Gate 12 which facilitates the travel of approved vehicles to various controlled areas remaining clear of the Manoeuvring Areas. The road must not be used during periods of low visibility, unless permission is first obtained from Air Traffic Control.
    PIN Penalty Infringement Notice
    PPE Personal Protective Equipment
    Priority Waste Priority waste is a subset of industrial waste, as defined by the Environment Protection Regulations 2021, which requires additional controls due to its higher level of hazard, its potential for mismanagement, or to encourage resource recovery or resource efficiency.
    Prohibited Area Any part of the Airport, designated by legislation, access to which is prohibited to persons not having lawful authority or excuse to enter the area.
    Putrescible waste Waste that may decompose. Is usually made up of food stuffs and may attract wildlife if mismanaged.
    Quarantine (Biosecurity) Waste Waste that potentially could introduce foreign disease or pests into Australia. Often generated from
    inbound international aircraft and can include cabin waste, amnesty bins, seizures from passenger
    baggage and imported cargo. This waste may contain quarantinable pests and diseases.

    The control of all quarantine waste is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Procedures for the collection, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of quarantine waste are detailed in agreements between DAWE and the individual companies handling thewaste. Only companies approved by DAWE are permitted to handle quarantine waste.
    Radio Procedures The standard procedures adopted for communication between Air Traffic Control and aircraft/vehicles.
    Reportable Priority Waste Reportable priority waste is a subset of industrial waste, as defined by the Environment Protection Regulations 2021, which carries the highest-level controls for managing specific risks. Additional controls for this waste type include transportation
    Restricted Area Any part of the airport, designated by notice posted by the airport operator, access to which is restricted to persons holding an authorised identification card valid for that part of the airport.
    RET Rapid Exit Taxiway
    RSMU Remote Satellite Measurement Unit
    Runway A defined area for the takeoff and landing of aircraft.
    Runway Strip An area surrounding the runway designed to reduce the risk of damage to aircraft that overshoot, overfly or run off the runway.
    RUPD Rear Underrun Protective Device
    RVA Runway Visibility Assessment
    SACC Supervisor Airport Coordination Centre
    SAM Safe control Apron Management
    SASO (Car 2) Senior Airside Safety Officer
    Security Categorised Airport An airport which has been categorised for security purposes in accordance with Air Navigation Act. Melbourne Airport is a Security Categorised Airport for the purposes of the Air Navigation Act.
    Security Restricted Area (SRA) Any part of the airport to which access is restricted to persons holding an authorised identification card valid for that part of the airport.
    Sensitive Area A sensitive area is an area that protects the integrity of the ILS (e.g. glidepath and the localiser). It extends beyond the each threshold and includes an area 190m offset from the runway centreline.
    SIMS Safety Information Management System
    SMS Safety Management System
    SRA Security Restricted Area
    SSAA Safety Sensitive Aviation Activity
    SSESG Safety Security Environment Steering Group
    Standard Blanket Clearance Melbourne Airport staff and the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service have an agreement with Air Traffic Control to move on the taxiway system under their own listening watch.
    Subsidiary A wholly owned subsidiary of a vehicle operator.
    T1 Terminal 1
    T2 Terminal 2
    T3 Terminal 3
    T4 Terminal 4
    Taxilane Portion of an apron designated as a taxiway and intended to provide access to aircraft stands only
    Taxiway A defined path for the surface movement of aircraft from runways to aprons. Melbourne Airport has three types of taxiways – Normal, Apron Taxilane and Rapid Exit.
    TDP Towbar Disconnect Point
    TC Terminal Coordinator
    TEP Terminal Evacuation Plan
    Tracker Airside Compliance and reporting application used by the Airfield Safety Team
    TSP Transport Security Program
    ULD Unit Load Device - A pallet or container used to load freight onto an aircraft.
    Unserviceable Area An aviation term that means a part of the movement area that is unavailable for use by aircraft.
    Veelo Vehicle Locator
    Vehicle Operator A person, company, firm, body corporate or Government Department corporation (including Government departments and business entities) controlling the operation of a vehicle or equipment airside, whether as owner, hirer or otherwise.
    Vehicle A motor vehicle, special purpose vehicle or other mobile equipment, (including specialised ramp equipment that can move under its own power).
    VIC Visitor Identification Card
    Works Area An aviation term that means a part of the aerodrome in which maintenance or construction works are in progress that may endanger the safety of aircraft.
    WSO Works Safety Officer