This is what YSJ has planned, still awaiting TC approval but I'm sure most other aerodromes will try and implement same procedures. Here's hoping that this isn't going to be as big a deal as some think!?
Saint John Airport
Saint John Airport Inc. management and staff are committed to providing a safe and efficient airside operation whether pertaining to vehicles or aircraft. A high priority has been placed on ensuring that all activity pertaining to airport airside vehicle operations are performed safely and minimizing any conflicts between aircraft and vehicles.
The Reduced Visibility Operations Plan is part of management’s commitment to providing a safe airside operating environment. The objective of the plan is to develop and implement a set of procedures that will minimize conflicts between vehicles and aircraft during those periods of time when reduced visibility occurs. The procedures identified will limit or restrict vehicle operations on the movement and manoeuvring area during periods of reduced visibility.
This plan is intended to provide interim measures to mitigate the absence of Runway Guard Lights. Saint John Airport Inc. intends to have these lights installed by December 1, 2010.
Reduced Visibility Operations – Means operations below RVR2600 down to and including RVR 1200.
Reduced Visibility Operations Plan (RVOP) – is a plan that calls for specific vehicle procedures to be followed by the Airport Operator when notified by FSS that the RVR is below 2600 down to and including 1200RVR. The RVOP will be activated or terminated when the RVR is at the targeted RVR.
Critical Vehicles – will be those vehicles allowed onto the movement and manoeuvering areas when the airport is in Reduced Visibility Operations. Those vehicles are listed as follows:
• Emergency Response vehicles when responding to an emergency, during vehicle run-ups, runway inspections and wildlife patrols;
• All snow removal vehicles when clearing snow from the manoeuvering areas;
• Foreman’s vehicle when performing runway surface condition inspections and reports or when monitoring runway conditions and snow removal equipment;
• Electrician’s vehicle when inspecting, repairing or removing snow from around various airside lighting systems required for the safe operation of aircraft;
• NavCanada vehicles when responding to Instrument Landing System or RVR equipment failures or warnings;
• Airline equipment essential to aircraft ground servicing on the apron, only when required at flight times;
• Atlantic Flight Center’s tractor (via the groundside road, east-end gate) only when required for aircraft servicing at flight times;
• Esso fuel truck (via the groundside road, east-end gate) only when required for aircraft servicing at flight times;
• PLH fuel truck (via the groundside road, east-end gate) only when required for aircraft servicing at flight times.
With the cooperation of the F.S.S., the following procedures will be implemented by the Airport Authority:
• The F.S.S. will notify Saint John Airport Inc. (SJAI) Commissionaire (638-5557) when the RVR has dropped below RVR2600 down to and including RVR1200. When conditions vary between the two RVR’s, the lower reading will prevail;
• The Commissionaires will, on behalf of SJAI, advise FSS to implement the Reduced Visibility Operations Plan, and will notify SJAI Management by making a notation in the daily log book.
• FSS will then broadcast the following on the Vehicle frequency (121.9):
“Attention all vehicles. Reduced Visibility Operations are now in effect. All non-essential vehicles must exit the manoeuvering area and report off.”
Anyone, other than critical vehicles, subsequently requesting access will be made aware of the RVOP. When the RVOP is put into effect only critical vehicles previously identified will be allowed access onto the movement and maneuvering areas and only for critical response purposes.
• Maintenance activity not required for critical Reduced Visibility Operations will not be allowed.
• Construction activity on the movement and manoeuvering areas will not be allowed during Reduced Visibility Operations, except when a NOTAM is issued closing part of the manoeuvering area. This would allow work to be safely performed on a taxiway or runway if there is a specified taxi route and barricades are properly placed.
• Termination of Reduced Visibility Operations will occur when FSS advises the Commissionaires that the RVR is at or above 2600.
• The Commissionaire will, on behalf of SJAI, request FSS to broadcast this on the vehicle radio frequency (121.9). “Attention All Vehicles. Reduced Visibility Vehicle Operations is now terminated”
• It will be the responsibility of the Manager, Maintenance and Technical Operations to review this plan annually and make any necessary changes.
• Initial training and refresher training will be provided on an annual basis. The most appropriate time to provide the refresher training would be at the start of each winter operations season when the seasonal employees are receiving their refresher orientation training.
• Saint John Airport ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Firefighters) Category 5 response is available during RVOP conditions during operating hours (05:30-23:30).