Welcome to the Spring 2023 issue of Airside International.
This issue’s features consider the moves being made by ground power unit (GPU) manufacturers to meet the ever-increasing demand for more environmentally friendly power sources. This challenge is also facing suppliers of ambulifts – the subject of another of our features.
Complementing the GPU review is an interview with US-based Aviation Battery Systems, which offers the unique, portable, battery-powered StartStick GPU.
In a further feature, we talk to a couple of the big suppliers of emergency vehicles that are a vital – and obligatory – feature of any airport operation.
In an ‘Innovation in Airport Equipment’ special we meet with UK-based zero-emissions vehicle manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles, which offers bespoke, specialist electric vehicle solutions for airport applications.
Other suppliers that describe aspects of their latest offerings in these pages include Finland-based sustainable fuel specialist Neste, Brussels-based apron systems supplier ADB SAFEGATE and UK-based wireless communications specialist dBD Communications.
Another high-tech specialist, Targa Telematics, talks us through its airport telematics unit, which is “enabling the digitisation of airport processes, allowing operators to perform their tasks in a safer, more efficient and regulated manner”.
We cover the latest news from Brussels and Birmingham Airports and the vital contribution that handlers make to all airside operations is not forgotten, with word from Spain’s Iberia Airport Services and Grupo EULEN in the US.
We consider calls being made by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the industry to improve ground support equipment as part of efforts to improve safety on the ramp. Finally, we look back at the important role that Magnus Johansson has played at Sweden-based aircraft tractor manufacturer Kalmar Motor and, indeed, his influence in the development of electric pushbacks on today’s airport ramps.
Featured in this issue
In November, the UK’s Birmingham Airport carried out a programme of airfield maintenance work that saw large amounts of runway and taxiway resurfaced and improved, as well as supporting infrastructu...Read More
Trends in the ambulift market
Two particular themes are being identified by those GSE suppliers whose product ranges include ambulifts – highly specialised vehicles designed to assist passengers with restricted mobility (PRMs) g...Read More
Tackling on-airport emergencies
Airport fire department vehicles must be prepared for many tasks: they must be ready for all sors of emergencies besides being on hand for preventive fire protection. They may have to operate off hard...Read More
Renewable diesel powers GSE at Schiphol
All diesel-powered GSE and vehicles operating on the apron at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of Europe’s biggest and busiest air gateways, have switched to using using renewable fuel from Neste as ...Read More
Preventing aircraft damage
At the end of last year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published a paper entitled ‘IATA Ground Damage Report: The Case for Enhanced Ground Support Equipment’. In the paper, th...Read More
Iberia Airport Services bids for Spanish tenders
Ground services provider Iberia Airport Services has submitted bids for ramp handling licences at 41 Spanish gateways to the state-owned airport operator, Aena. Iberia Airport Services already serves ...Read More
Grupo EULEN in the US looks to the skies
The aviation division of Grupo EULEN in the US, part of the Madrid, Spain-headquartered Grupo EULEN, offers a full range of ground handling and passenger support services at a number of airports down ...Read More
GPUs go green
Aircraft’s auxiliary power units burn fuel and can be blamed for producing a significant proportion of the harmful emissions created at airports and airfields. Traditionally, the ground power units ...Read More
US-based Aviation Battery Systems offers a different kind of ground power solution for aircraft: its innovative, portable, battery-powered StartStick ground power unit. Director, global business Paul ...Read More
ESS to supply iron flow battery power to Schiphol
ESS, an Oregon, US-headquartered manufacturer of long-duration energy storage systems for commercial and utility-scale applications, is to supply its iron flow battery solution to Amsterdam Airport Sc...Read More
dBD Communications eyes lucrative US market
Wireless ramp communication systems provider dBD Communications has made great strides in cracking the large North American market for such technology… and is hoping to build on the success achieved...Read More
Brussels Airport reaches for the stars
The Stargate project is an example of how airport operators can work with a large number of stakeholders on various projects to improve the sustainability of aviation operations at their gateways. One...Read More
Bristol Airport acquires new Oshkosh ARFF
Bristol Airport, in the southwest of England, has added a brand new fire engine to its fleet of ARFF vehicles: an Oshkosh Striker 3.0. Bristol is the first UK airport to take delivery of this third-ge...Read More
Bespoke electric truck conversions for the ramp
A new, innovative, player has entered the GSE world – UK-based zero-emissions vehicle manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles offers bespoke, specialist electric vehicle solutions for airport appli...Read More
An integrated digital solution for airport decision-making
Robert Stachow, VP, airfield connected solutions at Brussels, Belgium-headquartered ADB SAFEGATE, tell Airside about the company’s Airfield 4.0 solution. ADB SAFEGATE specialises in fully integrated...Read More
Airfield 4.0 is a roadmap to help airports seamlessly reset, upgrade and automate their operations with intelligent interconnected hardware devices positioned around the airfield. The journey through ...Read More
A GSE legacy
After 36 years at Kalmar Motor AB, managing director Magnus Johansson has sold his majority share to Vestergaard Company, thus giving Vestergaard full ownership of the innovative, Sweden-based aircraf...Read More