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Transpoco featured in the Airside International Magazine

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Transpoco featured in the Airside International Magazine


The joint project of development of a bespoke de-icing monitoring solution carried out by Transpoco for a major airport client – Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) – and in collaboration with GSE vehicle manufacturer, Schmidt, has been featured on Airside International Magazine:

Transpoco featured in the Airside International Magazine2

 

Transpoco’s technology solves two problems for Dublin Airport’s operator: the lack of visibility of vehicles moving around the airport; and the lack of a digital record of where, or how much, potassium acetate is being used in the Schmidt de-icing equipment clearing its paved areas.

Transpoco had previously worked with Schmidt vehicles on behalf of its county council clients, which have used Schmidt equipment in their winter maintenance fleets.

However, this was the first time that Transpoco had worked with Schmidt on airport vehicles, and the collaboration “demonstrates how its technology can be adapted to any equipment”, says Andrew Fleury, CEO at Transpoco.

And he concludes: “Transpoco is not aware of the development of this exact telematics solution being used anywhere else.”

Transpoco has technology implemented in over 60 different countries and at airports in cities including Madrid, Barcelona, London, Paris, Lisbon and Brussels, as well as Dublin.

 

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New solar boarding ramps and bridges launched

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM

New solar boarding ramps and bridges launched

Aviramp, a British manufacturer of mobile boarding ramps, has recently launched its solar powered range of patented boarding ramps and bridges, which promise to deliver zero emissions while guaranteeing operational efficiency and fast turnaround times.

 

Buying electric is a growing trend given the environmental requirements airports are called to reach. Birmingham Airport (BHX), Southampton(SOU) and Highlands and Islands (HIAL), as well as other airports in Europe, such as Corsica at Figari-Sud Corse (FSC) and Ajaccio (AJA) have used electric ramps since some time and Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) as well as Danish Airport, Aarhaus Lufthavn (AAR) will be operating electric ramps from Aviramp soon.

 

Aviramp claims their ramps move all passengers in one go together without the need for any other GSE equipment, making them an all-inclusive and multi-functional product.

Aviramp had partnered with Easyjet which facilitated trials and tests to ensure boarding ramps and bridges could guarantee safety and create an improved passenger experience for everyone.

 
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GSE manufacturer Mallaghan launches employee rewards

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM

GSE manufacturer Mallaghan launches employee rewards

Mallaghan, one of the world’s leading providers of airport ground support equipment with more than 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing Ground Service Equipment (GSE) sold to airports and airlines in more than 100 countries across the world, has recently launched an employee rewards initiative.

The awards program involves Mallaghan employees who have worked for the company for 10, 15 or 20 years, with prizes ranging from money vouchers, corporate gifts or extra annual (paid) leave.

Ronan Mallaghan, Chief Executive at Mallaghan commented: “At Mallaghan our focus is on driving innovation for aviation and our employees are the people who make this happen. The dedication and commitment of our employees is hugely valued and we’re thrilled to officially recognise our longest serving employees with this new initiative.”

According to Sinead Gaynor, HR Manager at Mallaghan, “Mallaghan is committed to continually investing in and developing our people, in order to successfully expand and grow as a business."

As a leading provider of GSE fleet management systems, we know how training employees and rewarding them can positively impact on your organisation. Setting up driving competitions based on the best performer in terms of safety or fuel savings has proved to be a very efficient way of incentivising your team and rewarding them at the same time. If you want to learn more on driver challenges as a powerful method to raise driver awareness, talk to us.

 

 

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Sustainable fuels: partnership between Finnair and Neste

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Sustainable fuels partnership between Finnair and Neste

Following the commitment of airlines and airports towards sustainable business, Finnair, the flag carrier and largest airline of Finland, and Neste, the world’s leader in the production of sustainable aviation fuel, have formed a partnership which is seen as a particularly important one for Finnair's targets of carbon neutrality.

The agreement will not only result in an increase in the use of sustainable fuel made by Finnair, but also in the production of sustainable aviation fuel in Finland. According to experts, relying on sustainable aviation fuels could reduce emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil fuels.

According to Topi Manner, CEO at Finnair, "Sustainable aviation fuels are a key part of our long-term plan for carbon neutrality – by the end of 2025, we expect to spend some 10 million euros annually on sustainable aviation fuels. Developing a healthy SAF market requires commitment from forerunners, and we are happy to be leading the way with Neste."

Peter Vanacker, Neste's President and CEO, added, "Besides the fuel supply, this partnership offers us an opportunity for contributing to our own climate targets by decreasing CO2 emissions of our employees’ business travel with Finnair through the use of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel.”

In addition to this, Finnair is planning to offer integrated ticket solutions that will include sustainable aviation fuel as an option, so that customers might be able to contribute themselves to decreasing their carbon footprint through their own purchases. Ways to help corporate customers to reduce the emissions generated by their travels are also included in the global plan.

 

 

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Zero-emissions GSE vehicle operational at Memmingen Airport

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Zero-emissions GSE vehicle operational at Memmingen Airport
 
Memmingen Airport, in the Allgäu region of Germany, has recently adopted an all-electric F110e tow tractor that is now fully operational to replace its former diesel-powered tow tractors and offer a zero-emissions alternative.
 
The new vehicle has been provided by Goldhofer AG and it has been estimated that it will reduce exhaust and noise emissions at the airport and generate higher savings when compared to the operation of conventional tractors. The emission-free model can guide aircraft weighing up to 120 tons on the ramp and runway.
 
In line with the current moves of international airports towards the creation of environmental-friendly strategies, the Managing Director of Memmingen Airport added on the implementation of the new vehicle: “If we are to achieve our climate neutrality target, we have to commit to a number of investments. In addition to a combined heat and power plant and a natural gas filling station, this also includes electromobility. With the introduction of an electric aircraft tow tractor, we have now taken a further step in this direction.”

Lothar Holder, Head of Airport Technology for the vehicle manufacturer, Goldhofer AG said: “We are delighted that Memmingen Airport has chosen to work with us in order to continue to move forward with its sustainability programme. We are convinced that the use of electric vehicles at Memmingen Airport will not only reduce emissions and energy requirements enormously, but will also be significantly more economical than with conventional systems.”
 
Having zero-emissions vehicles is just one of the strategies you can implement to help the environment: talk to us if you want to get more guidance on how to run a clean GSE fleet!

 

 

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Why GSE driver training shouldn't end when drivers get their ADP

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Why GSE driver training shouldnt end when drivers get their ADP

Driving on airside roads and aprons is a challenging task that is completely different from operating vehicles in a traditional scenario. People who usually drive inside the restricted areas of an airport must have an ADP - Airside Driving Permit, a special personal and non-transferable document that allows them to access the apron and drive in all or some of the airport grounds.

In order to obtain the ADP, applicants must hold a valid driving license for the category of vehicle they will drive and pass an exam to prove their knowledge of what we could define the local highway code - the apron safety rules - of which the content will be decided by the airport where they will operate: every ADP is valid only for the airport where it has been obtained. Organisations requiring their staff to drive in airside areas are responsible for ensuring that their drivers meet the conditions for the issue of the Airside Driving Permit. All employers must in fact ensure that their drivers are given adequate training. Training usually includes a full explanation of all regulations and notices applying to the airside areas and other knowledge, such as practical instruction in driving during the day or at night.

But according to RTITB Airside, an airside training company, many airports put operations and people at risk as they do not properly assess practical driving ability before issuing the ADP. Laura Nelson, Managing Director of the company, states in an interview with Airside magazine that “Often an ADP for apron roads is issued simply on the basis that the applicant has completed a theory training course and test” and that “Even after having completed an ADP theory course and test, the most experienced driver may still find it challenging to drive a vehicle on airside roads and aprons,” she continues. 

Apart from the need to be aware of airport workers, passengers, baggage handling operators and vehicles, drivers that operate in airport contexts need to understand speed limits, parking regulations and aircraft stand rules and understand the need to check their vehicles and the possible hazards present in their driving tasks.

What often happens is that once the ADP is obtained, there might be the impression that continuous training is no longer needed, while there is still a learning curve that needs to happen before drivers acquire security and, even after that, the most seasoned drivers could become complacent and would almost certainly need some useful reminders.

Assessing risks in GSE fleets could be made more comprehensive with the implementation of a tracking system capable of detecting driving behaviour patterns completed by a maintenance system to help drivers understand how to perform daily vehicle checks and familiarise themselves with vehicle inspections.

 

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How GSE fleet management systems can help schedule fleet maintenance

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM

How GSE fleet management systems can help schedule fleet maintenance

The priorities of GSE fleet managers are preventing delays, optimising turnarounds and delivering dynamic operations. These goals are achievable if work is carried out efficiently by the team and if the ground support equipment is in the best condition to do so.

Keeping tabs on your GSE fleet helps maintaining reliable operations while eliminating ground incidents. But how can GSE fleet management systems help fleet managers schedule maintenance for their fleet?

Let's have a look at these ways you can identify and schedule appropriate maintenance for your GSE!

#1 - Tracking your vehicles. Having the knowledge of what is happening at any time in any point on the ramp and getting a detailed recording of the activity of your GSE vehicles can not only help you save fuel and avoid wasting energy, it can also reduce wear and tear and detect potential issues on time and consequently schedule appropriate maintenance.

#2 - Automating maintenance. There is just so many things to check to make sure your vehicles are ready and fit for work. If you had a system capable of reminding maintenance was due, providing updates on servicing and recording vehicle utilization, you would get instant information on the status of your vehicles and would be ready to take any action.

#3 - Speeding up the completion of daily/pre-shift inspections. Make sure ground workers carry out their daily checks with digitalised inspections, that can be done quickly before equipment use to reduce the risk of downtime and incidents that might compromise the safety of your team. With the patterns and history you get from electronic vehicle checks you can easily forecast maintenance costs.

Our GSE solution makes vehicle maintenance predictable and quickly actionable - talk to us if you want to learn more.

 

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Global de-icing market expected to grow in the coming years

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Global de-icing market expected to grow over the next years

According to news reported by Airside International, the global aircraft de-icing market is expected to grow in the near future. De-icing is of course of paramount importance for aircraft safety, and despite the presence of anti-ice devices on engines and wings, the accumulation of ice or snow has to be carried out by airport employees or ground support equipment services that are specialized in this particularly delicate and essential operation.

Four key reasons behind the development of the de-icing market:

#1 - Increasing orders for aircraft. The growing demand of the aviation sector, translating into higher passenger numbers and consequently in the need for more aircraft, is creating a greater need for de-icing services.

#2 - Climate change. The global uncertainty around weather conditions has caused higher investments in de-icing systems and equipment in order to be prepared for sudden weather changes.

#3 - The arrival of Electro-Impulse De-Icing (EIDI). This new de-icing system is an innovative one that is expected to provide excellent results with low power consumption.

#4 - Need for swift de-icing procedures. The growth of this particular segment of aviation is developing as de-icing procedures are becoming crucial to ease pressure from very busy airports, especially in the North America region where adverse climate events and hurricanes often impact the exterior of the aircraft.

We have developed a de-icing monitoring solution with the collaboration of a vehicle manufacturer that has helped airlines to get accurate reports in real-time of usage and coverage on site to ensure aircraft stands, aprons and roadways are treated appropriately and in a timely fashion. Contact us if you want to learn more.

 

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Ground worker killed in incident at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Ground worker killed in incident at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport

Two ground workers were involved in an accident which took place on February 7th, 2020 at Bangkok Don Mueang airport, where one person was killed and another injured.

A Nok Air aircraft which was being towed to a bay to board passengers violently hit an aircraft tractor, causing the death of Thanisorn Oncha-am. It seems that, while the plane was being pulled to the gate, the bar connecting it to the tow truck became loose and broke. The driver instantly hit the brakes but the aircraft continued its movement and hit the tug.

Nok Air is now under investigations to establish if the accident could have been avoided and if incomplete vehicle checks or poor GSE maintenance might have been the cause. The aircraft involved was grounded and the flight delayed. Thanisorn Oncha-am was rushed to hospital but later died from 'severe injuries sustained in the crash'.

Thailand has two airports serving the capital Bangkok. The country's flagship Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province handles international flights while the smaller, older airport Don Mueang that it replaced in 2006 now handles low-cost, domestic and regional flights in Asia.  

 

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Airport sustainability: low carbon apron completed in Calgary

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Airport sustainability low carbon apron completed in Calgary

In times like these, when we are approaching a future with less resources but increasing demands, sustainability has become of paramount importance. Airports are no exception and sustainable actions aimed at reducing environmental impacts, maintaining economic growth and helping local communities are now on the to-do list of every airport organisation.

An interesting and extremely innovative measure has been recently announced by Calgary International Airport, the implementation of a new high-tech, low-carbon concrete de-icing pad installation, the East Deicing Apron.

The facility was built during the months of August and September of year 2019 and the local aircraft has now started to use it. The apron was build with a special concrete with reduced carbon. The manufacturer, CarbonCure, has adopted a special process which injects waste carbon dioxide (CO₂) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete

Around 25,000m3 of reduced-carbon concrete have been used for the construction of the East Deicing Apron at Calgary Airport, representing 160 tonnes of reduced carbon emissions, equalling 209 acres of forest absorbing CO2 over the course of a year.

 

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