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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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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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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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