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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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Photo Credit: Olivia Snyder on Unsplash, Aviramp.com
 
 
 
 
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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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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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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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Ground workers safety: American Airlines lawsuit after employee death

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Airport ground workers safety American Airlines lawsuit after employee death

The parents of a man killed in August at Charlotte International Airport in a luggage cart accident has initiated a lawsuit against American Airlines.


The death of Kendrick Hudson dates back to August 2nd, 2019, when the ground worker swerved to avoid a piece of luggage which was on the tarmac and his vehicle rolled over it. The lawsuit was filed recently, after the subsidiary of American Airlines responsible for the ground worker, Piedmont Airlines, was in January 2020 found guilty of different violations by an inspection conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States.

During the inspection, the OSHA cited the following infringements:

  • Failure of Piedmont Airlines employees to wear seatbelts
  • Failure to re-evaluate tug operators every three years
  • Failure to inspect tugs at the end of each shift

 

Kendrick's parents claim the fatality could have been avoided. The accident happened in an area of the Charlotte International Airport where some blame a lack of proper lighting for workers. The lawsuit, directed to American Airlines and to the city of Charlotte, claims that the city “failed to timely and reasonably inspect the adequacy of lighting of the tarmac," and that American Airlines, “failed to ensure that the areas surrounding Gate E3 and its neighboring gates were adequately lighted."

According to the studies carried out by the firm authoring the lawsuit, at least 15 workers working for commercial airlines have been killed working on US tarmacs since 2010, including five in 2019. A congressional aviation subcommittee held a hearing last week on the safety of ground workers, spotlighting a part of the airline industry where employees work in tough outdoor conditions, sometimes drive tugs without seatbelts and repetitively lift heavy bags.

While Kendrick's parents call for safer working conditions, Charlotte Douglas International Airport plans to upgrade light fixtures on its tarmac. More attention is needed on the safety of ground workers and on essential vehicle checks to prevent incidents. If you wish to assess and improve the safety of your ground team and your GSE vehicles, contact us.

 

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Airport autonomous vehicles: electric bus testing in Japan

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Airport autonomous vehicles electric bus testing in Japan

An autonomous electric bus testing started on January 22nd at Haneda International Airport, in Japan, as the result of a joint project carried out by All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, SoftBank Corp., Advanced Smart Mobility and BYD. 

The test of the vehicle, which can host 57 passengers, has the aim of starting a trial later in the year. ANA selected a specific course for the trial, with the bus set to travel the same 1.9km (1.18 miles) segment of restricted area in Haneda Airport multiple times throughout the testing period. During the test, the bus will be evaluated based on its ability to perform the conditional automation with little human oversight.

The development of this autonomous electric bus is an example of how ANA is studying the latest technology to improve passenger convenience and comfort, especially when considering the approaching of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Once implemented, the autonomous electric bus will facililate a more convenient transit experience for passengers of Haneda airport and improve ground services efficiencies.

Promoting technological innovations such as electric-powered autonomous transportation and creating the intelligent airport is an urgent task for the aviation industry, which is facing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Munich Airport leading the way in reducing emissions

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Munich Airport leading the way in reducing emissions

Munich Airport has been awarded the Leadership Level together with an A rating in the "Climate Change" category of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its efforts in reducing emissions.

CDP is an organisation collecting data on climate change measures taken by companies and evaluating them assigning ratings between "A" and "D", with a total of 8,361 companies around the world submitting data in 2019.

With its A rating, Munich Airport is now included in the top 8% in its category: a score well above the average.

Munich Airport plans to reduce its total emissions by 60% by 2030. The other 40% will be eliminated through what the Munich Airport refers to as offsetting measures - probably climate protection projects in the airport region. The efforts of Munich Airport to reduce emissions translate in an investment of €150M in its climate protection programme. The target is to reach a zero emissions level by 2050 - a resolution shared with Airport Council International Europe in line with the Paris Agreement and the EU climate neutrality target.

Reducing emissions in Airport Handling and Operations is possible - get in touch if you want us to help you with that.

 

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