Summer 2019

issue 46

Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of Airside International, in which our features focus on the subjects of preventing aircraft damage on the ramp, to the evolving technology that is driving new efficiencies in terms of into-plane fuelling, and to the danger posed by drones operating illegally in restricted airspace around and over airports.

Relating to the last of these, Rohde & Schwarz account manager Gary Walker provides his thoughts on some of the potential counter-measures that can be used to meet the threat posed by these machines.

ADB SAFEGATE discusses the value of its new-gen Safedock X visual docking guidance system and, as ever, airport authorities offer their thoughts on issues that are capturing their attention. Airside talks to the operators of the US gateways of Chicago O’Hare, Kansas City and Bangor in Maine as well as to Brussels in Belgium and Glasgow in Scotland; we also meet Jesús Caballero, director of Seville Airport, hearing about news from southern Spain and his ambitious plans for the future.

We see the new electric apron bus from China’s Yutong that has arrived in Europe for the first time, and meet Air-Rail, the GSE supplier that is distributing the vehicle – and plenty of other GSE as well – to a hungry market.

TCR, which operates in a similar market space to Air-Rail, offers its thoughts on the importance of ground service providers getting their preparation for the summer rush right, and the latest word from those GSPs is also not forgotten: Stewart Angus of dnata takes a look back at the impressive growth that the Dubai-headquartered handler has achieved in recent years.

This issue also examines the innovative partnership that Rushlift has struck up with Virgin Atlantic Engineering in the UK, and talks with US-based Mike Begier about the fascinating work of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service programme that sees biologists work closely with airport authorities to mitigate the adverse impact that wildlife can have on aircraft safety and ongoing airport operations.

And we look ahead to an entirely new sister conference and accompanying exhibition to Airside magazine that will launch in June this year; the inaugural GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA event will take place in Casablanca, Morocco, and promises to be an exciting new addition to the Airside stable of products and conferences.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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  • Exponential expansion

    Stewart Angus oversees dnata’s ground handling and cargo operations at more than 80 airports in 14 countries. Over the past dozen or so years, dnata has expanded its operations across the world from...

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  • New technology opens up into-plane fuelling visibility

    The on-airport, into-aircraft fuelling business is evolving as IT developments improve safety and efficiency. One of the big changes is in the emergence of new systems that open up visibility along th...

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  • Minimising the dangers of animal activity

    The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Service (WS) programme sees biologists work closely with airport authorities to mitigate the adverse impact that wildlife can have on aircraft safe...

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  • Protection and prevention

    The potential for damage to aircraft on the ground comes from numerous quarters, and the whole airside community is working to reduce incidents while keeping up with flight schedules Kim Wade, dire...

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  • ADB SAFEGATE launches new Safedock X A-VDGS

    The formal commercial release of a new advanced visual docking guidance system from ADB SAFEGATE was timed to coincide with the recent Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) held in London at the end of March....

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  • Airport security: the drone danger

    In recent months, several international hub airports have had to temporarily close their runways to aircraft as a result of drones being observed illegally in local airspace. These unmanned vehicles p...

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  • Airport security: the drone danger, and possible counter-measures

    Following this issue’s feature on drones and the threat they present to aircraft safety, Gary Walker of Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) takes a look at possible counter-measures to these machines that...

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  • Yutong all-electric apron bus takes centre stage

    Last month (April), Spain’s first fully electric apron bus made its debut public appearance at southern Spain’s Seville Airport. The Yutong Electric Apron Bus – for which Madrid-headquartered GS...

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  • Air-Rail extends its reach

    José Manuel García Arrechea, responsible for airport & GSE business development at Air-Rail, the Madrid-based company that offers a portfolio of GSE for sale and lease, as well as associated mai...

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  • Seville Airport: on the up

    As we saw in a previous article, Seville Airport might be a very natural location for the deployment of a modern, all-electric apron bus: it is a gateway that welcomes change. Jesús Caballero, direct...

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  • Rushlift extends partnership with Virgin Atlantic

    Rushlift GSE is providing Virgin Atlantic Engineering with a ‘fail-safe’ system for checking out and recovering tools as part of a wider leasing arrangement Rushlift GSE, part of Doosan Industr...

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  • Glasgow Airport promotes green agenda as part of wider expansion

    Eight new hybrid vehicles represent a significant investment as Glasgow seeks to minimise its environmental footprint. Meanwhile, Emirates has launched an A380 service into the gateway, a milestone de...

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  • Bangor introduces the Beast from the East

    Bangor International Airport in Maine, in the far north-east of the US, has invested in a new de-icer that it expects to offer significantly enhanced capability for the gateway The Global Ground Su...

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  • Kansas City International Airport breaks ground on new terminal

    Kansas City International Airport has begun work on a new passenger terminal that will replace the current facility when it opens to the public in four years’ time On 25 March, the Kansas City Av...

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  • Chicago O’Hare opens new de-icing operation

    In February, a new Centralized Deicing Facility (CDF) went into operation at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The gateway’s first dedicated de-icing facility de-ices aircraft away from their ...

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  • GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA takes flight

    In June this year, an entirely new sister conference and accompanying exhibition to Airside magazine will launch: the inaugural GSE & RAMP-OPS AFRICA event will take place in Casablanca, Morocco ...

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  • Summer preparation

    As the Northern Hemisphere summer fast approaches, TCR executives Jan De Leeuw and Maxime Baccaert explain how the Brussels Airport-headquartered specialist in rental and operating leases of GSE, as w...

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  • Brussels shows off its new electric airside bus

    Brussels Airport has begun operating new fully electric buses to take outgoing passengers to waiting aircraft at remote stands, and to make the return journey for passengers flying into the Belgian ca...

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