Working airside in any airport, let alone Australia’s busiest, is not easy. Sydney International Airport’s workhorse, the main North-South runway, demanded failsafe cutovers managed to the minute.
Also known as the Stop Bars Project, it required the installation of a new standby generator for the uninterrupted operation of runway lighting, cutover from the existing generator into the airfield ring main. The development of fail safe backups in the event of a failure, ensured that every contingency was considered.
The successful generator cutover involved direct coordination with many stakeholders including Air Services Australia and the Control Tower to ensure operations were not disrupted and pilots were informed of critical airspace activities.[/row]