We have been asked how our pilots will be able to navigate safely in the summer months when traffic within our harbours is at its busiest. In a previous post we explained how, when Harbour Air were over in the Channel Islands to carry out their feasibility study, we made sure that we had meetings with those groups necessary to ensure our operational success https://goo.gl/xHVPt9.
This included meeting with the harbour authorities in both St Helier and St Peter Port where we specifically discussed traffic management and our proposed take-off and landing zones. The process of safely releasing and receiving aircraft was also discussed with Air Traffic Control. With the aid of the Port of Victoria Traffic Scheme Vic Harbour-map and training video, we were able to demonstrate how seaplanes operate in harmony with other sea and airborne vessels within Victoria Harbour, which is far busier than our harbours without being materially larger.
Our pilots are being sourced from Harbour Air and in order to fulfil Harbour Air’s exacting standards, they have had specific training to navigate and operate safely in busy ports. We are therefore confident that the scheme we are developing with the Harbour Masters in St Helier and St Peter Port will allow all traffic to function safely with little, if any disruption.