Summer 2021

issue 54

Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of Airside International, in which we look once again at how GSE manufacturers, ground service providers (GSPs), airlines and airport operators are fighting their way through what are some of the hardest times the global aviation industry has ever had to face.

But it is by no means all doom and gloom. Those suppliers supporting the sector continue to develop innovative systems and equipment, and one of the themes of this issue is GSE automation. We talk to ThorDrive and Aurrigo about their development of autonomous baggage tractors, as well as Stuttgart Airport, which is currently hosting trials of another autonomous baggage tug.

We learn more about Denmark-based Vestergaard’s new electric e-BETA de-icer, while GSE manufacturer ADELTE talks about its state-of-the-art ARCOS Remote Control Operating System for passenger boarding bridges and India-based Transtec Overseas offers an overview of how it is meeting the changing needs of GSE operators in a pandemic-affected world.

We meet with GSE suppliers TCR and Aviaco, who offer customers a range of alternatives when it comes to equipment acquisition, as well as full-service maintenance provision.

Features include a look into the latest technologies available for preventing damage to aircraft and GSE on the ramp, the highly sophisticated and highly effective emergency firefighting vehicles used at airports to deal with fires and other emergencies, as well as how airport operators are going about wildlife and habitat management within their perimeters.

Another feature assesses the current medical lift market and how ambulift manufacturers are meeting its needs. In addition, GSP dnata offers an overview of how it goes about looking after the particular needs of passengers with restricted mobility. And the final feature looks at the evolving technologies associated with on-airport aircraft refuelling.

Finally, this issue’s regular Buyer’s Assessment looks at ground handler Bangkok Flight Services’ use – and appreciation of – the wireless Minerva Ajax on-airport communications system.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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Featured in this issue

  • Aurrigo launches innovative autonomous Auto-Dolly

    Earlier this year, Coventry, UK-based autonomous vehicle specialist Aurrigo launched Auto-Dolly, an autonomous electric transport platform for on-airport work. Available as either a baggage dolly or a...

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  • Aviaco GSE delivers electric baggage tractors into Schiphol

    Late last year, GSE supplier Aviaco won a contract at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the provision of 15 electric tractors under a full-service rental deal. All the units have since been delivered and...

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  • Buyer’s Assessment (BFS)

    Ground services provider Bangkok Flight Services (BFS) is both a user and admirer of dBD Communications’ Minerva Ajax wireless communication system. Colin Temple, director – ramp operations at BFS...

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  • dnata focuses on the individual

    Complementing the medical lift feature of earlier in this issue, Airside talks to air service provider dnata about its provision of ambulifts and other equipment and services that assist its regular p...

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  • Emergency vehicles

    Airports rely on their emergency services – and the latest equipment – for a wide range of responses to accidents and crises, potential and real. We meet two of the suppliers of state-of-the-art a...

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  • Partnership in times of Covid

    Kristof Philips, chief operating officer of Brussels, Belgium-headquartered TCR, believes that in these pandemic-impacted times it is critical for the different elements of the airside industry to wor...

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  • Preventing aircraft damage: the technological edge

    Technological advancements continue to be made that mitigate the risk of collisions between GSE and aircraft during the turnaround process and a number of GSE suppliers now offer sophisticated anti-co...

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  • Providing an essential passenger service

    Medical lifts, also known as ambulifts, are a much-valued element of the service provided for passengers with restricted mobility (PRMs) boarding or leaving aircraft. A number of manufacturers offer t...

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  • Seville Airport opts for ADELTE’s ARCOS system

    Spanish national airport operator AENA is to acquire ADELTE’s ARCOS passenger boarding bridge (PBB) remote control operating system as part of a contract for Seville Airport Barcelona, Spain-base...

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  • Stuttgart Airport moves ahead on SmartFleet programme

    Early this year, initial trials of an autonomous baggage tug began at Stuttgart Airport as part of the gateway’s wide-ranging ambitions to modernise GSE operations at the gateway by implementing a h...

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  • Taking wildlife and habitat management seriously

    Sustainability has become a key consideration for airport operators, just as it has for most other parts of the aviation industry. As well as being another element in ensuring that all airside operati...

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  • ThorDrive tests autonomous baggage tractor at Cincinnati

    Technology developer ThorDrive has trialled a Wollard baggage tractor equipped with autonomous driving technology at US gateway Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Now based in Cinci...

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  • Transformative technology

    Digitalisation is an inescapable trend across many industries, and aircraft refuelling is no exception. More and more digital tools are becoming available, besides other changes aimed at improving the...

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  • Transtec meets changing customer needs

    Mumbai, India-based GSE manufacturer Transtec Overseas is offering a range of different equipment suitable for those looking to support the global air movement of Covid-19 vaccines, and other cargo ...

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  • Vestergaard’s e-BETA leaves the launch pad

    The environmentally friendly Elephant e-BETA aircraft de-icer from Vestergaard underwent tests at a number of airports across Europe and North America over the course of the last 2020-21 Northern Hemi...

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