flight operations
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AIR OPERATIONS

Central to effective air operations is starting with the right aircraft for the client’s requirements. This depends heavily on the nature and the size of the job intended. Aircraft need a secure parking area, necessary legal documentation, licensing and insurance as well as fuelling facilities (at the base and other airfields). Crewing the aircraft involves providing systems for flight planning, NOTAM information and meteorological forecasting as well as the necessary navigational and procedural aviation publications.

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GROUND OPERATIONS
In areas of conflict, aviation infrastructure is commonly poor and conditions harsh enough that a hanger for the aircraft is vital. This is not only for protection of the aircraft but is essential for safe maintenance. An aircraft tug and hanger assistants for cleaning, baggage and cargo handling are a necessary part of ground operations. Passenger handling facilities, including a waiting area and toilets are also required.

A maintenance operation requires experienced engineers with sufficient tools and spare parts, but is useless without a proactive logistical support mechanism. Getting specialised spare aircraft parts into remote, hostile areas is one of GRYPHON AIR’s highest operational priorities. In order to minimise aircraft ground time, a progressive maintenance program should be run from a well equipped fleet management office.
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OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
upervision of the entire operation, on a minute by minute basis is essential to getting the job done safely and smoothly. A central scheduling office staffed by personnel capable of communicating (via internet, cellular, satellite and aircraft radio) and co-ordinating passenger and cargo movements is essential.

The office manages daily flight scheduling and the necessary authorisations at aircraft destinations, within the theatre of operation. For international flights contracted handling agents ensure efficient aircraft, passenger and cargo handling at any airport. Regular and real-time security briefings, co-ordination of airfield security planning, and an information chain of custody are integral parts of operating a flight service in hostile areas.