Success in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Partly due to the successful implementation of CEDD® AGL at Eelde Airport (GAE), Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also showed an interest in our proven technology for lighting runways. The system was successfully subjected to a Factory Acceptance Test conducted within the framework of the Schiphol “Heliport” project. Jos Knoester, asset developer and adviser at Schiphol Group, gave the system his sign of approval.
This so-called familiarization project reflects Schiphol’s ambition to become Europe’s Preferred Airport (EPA). Innovation is considered to be one of the main means of achieving this ambition. Strategic EPA goals include cost reduction, optimal asset management, risk prevention in accordance with HRO 4 standards, and energy saving. Schiphol Asset Management believes that CEDD® AGL can make an important contribution to achieving these strategic goals.
Next stop: complete integration
In addition to CEDD® AGL’s not requiring open electrical contact with the cable, Knoester stressed the benefit that the new system will render Schiphol’s moisture-sensitive and maintenance-intensive transformer wells obsolete − which perfectly matches Schiphol’s ambition to minimize assets. The new system is more reliable and energy efficient as well as easier to maintain, hence reducing the total cost of ownership. The implementation of the test facility at the helicopter landing site has now been completed and the system is functioning flawlessly. If test results continue to be favourable, Schiphol will label CEDD® a tried and tested alternative to traditional AGL systems at the airport.