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The Rock hosts airport electrical professionals at CANEW 2012


February 10, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

February 9, 2012 – Electrical Business is pleased to announce we will be attending and reporting on/from the Canadian Airports Electrical Association’s (CAEA’s) 2012 Canadian Airports National Electrical Workshop (CANEW), co-hosted by St. John’s International Airport and the City of St. John’s September 24-28 at the Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in St. John’s, Nfld.

While a very unique, niche event, past workshops have nonetheless attracted delegates from across Canada, the United States, Europe and China. The Department of National Defence, Transport Canada and Public Works & Government Services Canada also attend the workshop. The workshop serves as a forum to discuss issues of national scope, and allows airport technical people from different sites to interact and exchange information of mutual interest.

Presentations will include subjects related to operating and maintaining airport building electrical systems and airfield electrical infrastructure, energy management and renewable energy systems.

This year, CANEW is moving toward an additional component: specific training courses that will cover some of the specialized equipment and procedures that electrical staff encounter at airports in Canada. There’s a very good reason for this: Transport Canada no longer has its training centre, so access to airport-specific training has become difficult and expensive to obtain!

CAEA will provide some specific training courses, with documentation to support and assist airport electrical staff in gaining or refreshing the specific and unique training they require. The courses will cover “Airfield High-Voltage Splicing Kits” and “Hands-on PAPI [Precision Approach Path Indicator] Commissioning”. This, in turn, will help airports meet training requirements and improving airport safety and operations.

Opportunities are given during the plenary sessions for delegates to introduce topics for discussion by the group, provide solutions to everyday problems on the site, and seek assistance from the group with problems they may have encountered. Delegates also network with staff at various airports and with equipment suppliers that are valuable in dealing with future electrical issues at their airports.

In conjunction with the workshop, CANEW will also feature a tradeshow where delegates can meet suppliers and equipment manufacturers to see the latest technologies. For many delegates, this is an opportunity to establish contacts and make arrangements to purchase equipment. In addition, they can receive support from suppliers at a personal level, resulting in cost savings to their airport’s operation.

For more information, registration forms and hotel information for CANEW 2012, visit the website at www.canew.ca. If you would like further information, please contact one of the CAEA Directors, who will be able to assist you.

We look forward to seeing you there!