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Transpoco featured in Ground Handling International

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

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Last year saw telematics and fleet management software provider, Transpoco, work with Iberia to help the carrier achieve signicant operational savings by implementing its advanced fleet management solution on the carrier’s ground support equipment at numerous airports across the airline’s Spanish network. Ground Handling International is celebrating the success of Transpoco and fleet telematics with 3 full pages in the April 2020 issue.

Ángel Marcos, Iberia’s Chief Airport Services Officer, commented: “At Iberia we are constantly striving to find new ways of innovation, maximising efficiency and providing a punctual, safe and reliable service to our customers. By integrating the Transpoco fleet management software across multiple stations in Spain, we have helped to achieve this. The solution from Transpoco allows us to increase safety and performance on the ramp, and become more environmentally friendly while reducing operational costs,” he continues. “The Transpoco system and team have been very flexible and agile in reaching the business specifications of our requirements.”

The article is available on the Ground Handling International Website at http://magazine.groundhandling.com/magazine/

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Runway renewal taking place beforehand at Stuttgart Airport

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Runway renewal taking place beforehand at Stuttgart Airport

The runaway renewal of Stuttgart Airport has already started, earlier than originally planned, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase of the project, which entails the full renewal of a section of the concrete pavement, got started on April 6th, 2020 and is supposed to last until April 22nd. The regular construction work will begin afterwards, on April 22nd through June 17th, 2020. The section that is under renewal was built in the mid-1990s and is located in the eastern part of the airport. Weather conditions and material characteristics determine the durability of the runway concrete – and, of course, its exposure: most aircraft land on the eastern part of the runway when they touch down in Stuttgart.

Walter Schoefer, CEO of Stuttgart Airport, claimed: “The earlier start of construction gives us more certainty for completing the partial renewal on time, despite the effects of the corona pandemic. The pandemic can also have an impact on the staff of the companies contracted and on supply chains. In view of the decline in passenger numbers, we have therefore decided to adjust our plans and start construction work early,” said Schoefer. “The seventeen days ahead of schedule without any flight operations will allow our experts to carry out many of the complex works in larger steps“.

Managing Director of Stuttgart Airport, Dr. Arina Freitag, added: “The early start of construction allows us to build non-stop. This gives us a significant lead, especially in the first construction phase, where a lot of complex work is involved. For our customers, this means planning reliability. Despite the pandemic, we are thus ensuring that Stuttgart Airport will be up and running again by June 18, 2020”.

On 18th June 2020, the runway will be back to its original length of 3,345 metres.

 

 
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Airport asset tracking system units will reach 0.5M by 2024

by Eleonora Malacarne on Apr 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Airport asset tracking system units will reach 0.5M by 2024

 

According to Berg Insight, the global installed base of active airport asset tracking systems, which was over 0.2 million units in 2019, will grow and reach 0.5 million units by 2024. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4 percent, the active installed base is estimated to reach close to 0.5 million units worldwide in 2024. The current crisis in the aviation industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely also slow down the airport asset tracking market in the short-term.

 

The data include all airport asset tracking systems deployed for various motorised ground support equipment (GSE), non-motorised equipment (NME) as well as other applicable airport assets such as on-road vehicles used in airport environments.

 

An increasing uptake of airport asset tracking during the forecast period is in any case expected as a number of trends related to technological advancements, collaboration and innovation among the solution providers and their prospective customers are emerging. Airport asset tracking systems will surely have a significant role in containing costs and helping airlines make the most of their vehicles and their resources.

 

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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:

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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

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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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