Issue date 1 March 2014
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This issue of Airside International addresses some key issues of airport performance. We lead with an in-depth look at safety on the ramp – an issue constantly discussed but never quite solved. How airports go about maintaining the integrity of their runway, taxiway and stand surfaces is the subject of our next feature, followed by an analysis of the latest trends in airport infrastructure design. Preceding an interview with the president of Transpo Industries, Mike Stenko, to discuss his company’s launch of its Color-Safe MMA product into the airfield marking market, are assessments of the changing face of the on-airport refuelling business, the latest news from the world of high lifts and loaders and an analysis of the growing footprint of electric vehicles at gateways around the world. We also take a fresh look at docking guidance systems, and wonder why – with such sophisticated technology available in the form of many different types of DGS  many airports seem content to rely on much older, less safe systems. Finishing off, as is traditional, is ‘Airside update’, our round-up of the news since our last issue. I hope you enjoy the magazine and find plenty here of interest.