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.
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 will undertake an 11-week study to enable Dublin Airport to present an Aeronautical Study to the IAA regulator.
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.”
Cyrrus are at the World ATM Congress (CANSO)
Richard Ingless (Head of Engineering) and John van Hoogstraten (Head of ATM Operations) are in Madrid this week and would love to meet with you to discuss your requirements and how Cyrrus may be able to assist you. These are exciting times for Cyrrus as we have recently been reinstated as an accredited IFP Design House with the UK CAA. We are not limited to IFP design however; as a specialist in the aviation industry, with a strong pedigree of delivering successful projects to airports around the globe, we are able to provide advice and guidance on several specialist areas of airport operations derived not only from experience but also pragmatic delivery. We aim to help address your technical challenges in a professional and personable way and leave you free to focus on managing your business. Let us know if you would like to meet up with Richard or John.
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.
Cyrrus Quality Accreditation: ISO 9001:2015
Cyrrus is delighted to announce that the Company has successfully transitioned to the ISO 9001:2015 standard having been audited against the new standard in October 2017 and awarded the accreditation. Cyrrus has operated a Quality Management System (QMS) that complies with the ISO 9001:2008 standard since 2011.
Cyrrus works in a highly regulated environment, one which requires its procedures and processes to be both robust and able to demonstrate clear evidence of compliance with industry standards. The new standard employs the ‘Process Approach’, which incorporates the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle and Risk-Based Thinking:
- The PDCA Cycle enables Cyrrus to ensure that its processes are appropriately resourced and managed and that opportunities for improvement are identified and acted upon. Cyrrus has created Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) to specifically focus on key business areas that may require improvement and these will follow the PDCA Cycle;
- Risk-Based Thinking enables Cyrrus to determine the factors that could cause its processes and its QMS to deviate from desired results. Identified Risk is actively managed using preventative controls and mitigations. Some identified risks may highlight opportunities to offer additional services to customers.
The QMS is an integral part of the Company’s business processes and we have invested in staff training and workshops to ensure that the Company and its suppliers work co-operatively to meet the required standard.