Issue 1, 2018 | HOT AIR!

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£3bn consultancy framework – The UK government has awarded an Egis consortium a place on the Crown Commercial Service Management Consultancy Framework "Consultancy TWO", lot 7 "Infrastructure".

The successful consortium comprises Helios, Egis International, Egis Rail and Egis Rail UK. Under the framework RM3745, we will have the opportunity to provide services to central and local government bodies across aviation, rail, road, infrastructure modelling, transport policies and strategy, forecasting and planning, programme and project management, business case development, procurement, risk and opportunity management, capability development, transformation and change delivery, economics analysis and research.

The agreement will be available for the next four years and provides a cost-effective way for public sector organisations to access a wide variety of consultancy expertise.

Surveillance infrastructure – Oslo Airport appointed Helios to provide an independent review on the options for replacement of their Terminal Area Radar, which is reaching the end of its operational life. The review focused on the role of the surveillance function in mitigating ATM security risks, but also considered other business requirements in the operational environment, such as resilience. Potential future changes were addressed, for example the increasing use of drones and construction of wind farms. Based on our experience and understanding of current best practice, as well as research into new technologies, we compared potential technical options against the identified requirements. Among other things we identified the need to retain a non-cooperative surveillance capability to mitigate safety, security, business continuity and reputational risks. A best practice approach using a combination of surveillance technologies to mitigate against cyber threats was also recommended.

Cost Benefit of Free Route Airspace Borealis Alliance, an alliance of nine northern European Air Navigation Service Providers has launched a programme to deliver a seamless and integrated Free Route Airspace (FRA) across the whole of Northern Europe by 2021 This is expected to save significant time, money and fuel, but what is the value of the benefit?

Helios was asked to undertake a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of the planned FRA implementation, to demonstrate a business case and to evaluate the added-value of different implementation steps. The study concluded that there is a positive Net Present Value for implementing the Borealis FRA programme and proved that the more challenging steps of the programme covering implementation of FRA in Scottish and London FIRs increase net benefits considerably, to over €200m.

Welcome to our new joiners – We are delighted to announce that three new analysts have joined the Helios team. Fiona Ribbons joins us after graduating with a MSc in Environmental Engineering and Business Management from Imperial College, Roland Emojevbe, after studying Economics and Finance at the University of Surrey, and Alexandra Ligova joins our Zilina office, she is currently completing a masters on air transportation and aviation safety and is also a keen glider pilot.

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