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2505, 2018

AXIS ILS Simulation and Modelling Training Course – Singapore

Cyrrus is delighted to announce that, following a competitive tender process, it has been awarded a contract by the Civil Aviation Authority in Singapore (CAAS) to deliver ILS Disturbance Software Training to selected students at the CAAS Academy.

The one-week training course will be hosted by our specialist trainer in mid-July. On completion of the training each student attending the course will be able to:

  • Perform independent computer simulations for a known antenna system in medium complexity airport environment and understand the possibilities and limitations of the modelling and simulation techniques.
  • Read flight inspection reports and thereby specify measures in order to enhance the signal quality.
  • Undertake technical safeguarding and determine the critical and sensitive areas for a given ILS based on the local conditions.
  • Carry out site surveys, specify the optimum antenna system and location for various sites and subsequently be able to develop a sound ILS design for a given site.

Once the training is delivered, the new-found skills will enable CAAS personnel to better understand the systems installed at the Singaporean international airports and enable them to maintain the integrity of the signal in space.

For more information on Cyrrus’ technical safeguarding capability go to our webpage

For information on ILS modelling and simulation training please contact Cyrrus at

305, 2018

Cyrrus completes an Airspace and ATM study in West Africa

Cyrrus was commissioned to undertake a survey in support of a proposed future Airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM) upgrade for the Airports and Air Traffic Control Centres (ATCCs) in a West African State. The comprehensive audit was to assess whether the Communications, Navaids, Surveillance (CNS) and information systems met current performance and regulatory requirements and, moreover, the survey results would be used in a Gap Analysis against the future Airspace and ATM plans.  To carry out a physical independent audit of airports and ATCCs was not a cost-effective option and the survey forms (prepared by Cyrrus, distributed by the Client and completed by the end user) did not reap sufficient data to conduct the intended desktop study.

Cyrrus, in consultation with the Client, agreed to provide an alternative approach which relied more on the material available in the public domain (i.e. the State’s Air Information Publication) and the experience and knowledge of Cyrrus personnel who have a thorough understanding of the optimum CNS solution to support a given air operation.  This enabled a broad categorisation of each airport and a recommended benchmark that each airport should strive to achieve in terms of their ATC Systems and Related Airfield Equipment.

An interesting aspect of the survey work was an evaluation of the primary, secondary, and backup power availability per airport. A separate report was produced by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) concerning the extensive use of diesel generators for backup power across this West African State and the conclusions drawn offer some useful insight underpinning the reported status of these units.

Upon submitting our final report to our Client, the following feedback was received:

Can I take the opportunity to thank you and your colleagues for your assistance with this project personally, it was a positive working relationship for me, and I look forward to any future prospects we can collaborate on“.

1904, 2018

Andy Digby Cyrrus Air Traffic Engineering Professional

Andy Digby joined Cyrrus in August 2017 and is an Air Traffic Engineering professional, a Chartered Engineer, a Project Manager and a fully licenced Radio Amateur with licences issued by several countries he has lived and worked in over the years. Andy is also an avid ‘advanced’ recreational scuba diver who enjoys videography in the depths of the Oceans.  As a Radio Amateur, Andy’s in-depth and technical knowledge of HF, VHF and UHF systems, techniques, antennas, feeders and propagation are invaluable assets to his professional engineering skills developed within the Air Traffic Control, Maritime, SAR and construction environments.  Andy specialises in Radar and Navigational Aid systems alongside Radio and Data Communications and can produce a wide range of documents for either new-build airports or for modifications to existing facilities. He is also a Member of The Royal Aeronautical Society, a Member of The Institute of Engineers and Technologists and a Member of The International Council of Systems Engineers.

604, 2018

Dublin Aeronautical Study

Cyrrus is proud to be part of Dublin Airport’s future plans by being selected to conduct an Aeronautical Study to support daa’s development plans. Cyrrus has commenced an an 11-week study to enable Dublin Airport to present an Aeronautical Study to the IAA regulator.

1403, 2018

Cyrrus Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP) Accreditation Re-instated

Cyrrus Limited has been reinstated to the list of approved IFP Design Houses listed on the UK CAA website. The UK CAA carried out an audit of the processes and procedures used by the new IFP design team and found it satisfactory such that a new certificate was issued on 1 March 2018.  Cyrrus Director, Barry Hawkins remarked “The hard-work put into the preparation of the updated procedure design processes which are underpinned by our recently acquired ISO 9001:2015 quality standard, the valuable input received from our new experienced designers and the sterling support from our partners and clients has paid off handsomely.  I am delighted in how quickly the camaraderie in the new team has developed and that we can service our customer’s needs to a much improved standard.”

CAA Approval Certificate 01032018

1602, 2018

Do you fear the new Airspace Change Process?

Cyrrus has an enviable track record in the delivery of airspace change but we are not resting on our laurels. We were involved with the new UK CAA airspace change process (CAP1616) throughout the consultation stage and are now proactively engaged in its emergence into the industry. It is vital that the revised process should be viable for all types of airspace change and for all operational magnitudes; it must not become a barrier to the delivery of positive change for both the aviation industry and local communities. We continue to invest resource in examining the process and have recently visited the CAA to validate our views of how the process will be employed.  In addition, we have received training on ‘Citizen Space’; the consultation hub to be utilised by airports wishing to run airspace consultations. ‘Citizen Space’ is a powerful consultation tool that should reduce the burden placed on Change Sponsors during the consultation and post-consultation phases. We have also participated in a workshop at the DfT on a policy for the ‘Permanent and Planned Redistribution’ of traffic, aimed at filling the gap between changes made to airspace design and those made by ANSPs to operational procedures. It is right that a clear policy and process for such changes is introduced.

Understanding the new policy and process is only part of the equation, executing the change process effectively is as important. Committed to the delivery of industry best practice, we continue to invest in training from The Consultation Institute, to ensure that the most up-to-date guidance on how to consult is provided to our Clients.  All considered, we believe we are well placed to drive future airspace changes through these uncharted skies. Please call Cyrrus to discuss all your airspace needs.