Summer 2022

issue 58

Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue of Airside International, in which the first of the features relate to the perennial challenge of preventing aircraft damage. Megan Ramsay looks at how technology, training and agreed standards of operations might help to mitigate the danger.

This issue’s other two features concern the little-discussed business of airside drainage and water recycling, and the continuing trend amongst ground service providers for electric ground power units (GPUs).

We get the latest news from two of the bigger GSE lessors – Mercury GSE and HiSERV – and catch up with GSE manufacturers based in Turkey (DENGE Airport Equipment) and Thailand (Bliss-Fox Panus GSE). We meet with ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems’ global sales director digital solutions, Ilya Burkin, who explains how the company is helping airports to digitalise in order to improve both safety and efficiency in many areas of their operations, and also speak with ground service providers Havas and GAT Airline Ground Support to get the views of changing times from the industry’s handlers.

Going green is an ongoing theme of these pages, no more so than when the UK’s Birmingham Airport and Farnborough Airport both detail to Airside their impressive sustainability strategies. And Edmonton International Airport in Canada is also doing its bit, looking to convert airside vehicles to run on combined hydrogen and diesel fuel. These are all parts of the wider efforts being made by the aviation industry to minimise harmful carbon emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future.

In the ever-changing field of technology, we chat with Lana Jansen of WePlan, which offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that enables airlines to optimise their crew manpower deployment on a continual basis, and take a look at Schiphol’s decision to acquire two innovative TaxiBot semi-robotic pushbacks.

Finally, we look forward to late summer and the launch of a new European exhibition dedicated to GSE – GSE Expo Europe – to be held in Paris this September.

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  • ADB SAFEGATE looks to digitalised airports of the future

    ADB SAFEGATE Airport Systems is helping air gateways digitalise in order to improve both safety and efficiency in many areas of their operations. The latest to benefit is Riyadh Airports Company (RAC)...

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  • All-new GSE Expo Europe set for Paris in September

    This year sees the addition of a new, important industry show: GSE Expo Europe, organised by the International Airport Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (IAEMA) in partnership with Ground Handlin...

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  • Birmingham Airport commits to net carbon-zero operations

    Birmingham Airport, the UK’s seventh-largest airport serving England’s second city and the surrounding region, has published a new roadmap for achieving net carbon-zero operations by 2033. Committ...

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  • Bliss-Fox Panus GSE supports India’s focus on electric equipment for the ramp

    Bangkok, Thailand-based Bliss-Fox Panus GSE is soon to hand over a new Fox 16E electric pushback tractor to Indian airport operator GMR, one step in GMR’s and the wider Indian aviation industry’s ...

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  • DENGE celebrates 40 years of success

    Istanbul, Turkey-based GSE supplier DENGE Airport Equipment has developed a lightweight, towable transfer platform that can be used by passengers – including passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) i...

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  • EU regulatory developments

    Since 2018, EASA (the European Union Aviation Safety Agency) has been working towards the establishment of a set of ground handling objectives designed to ensure that ground service providers follow o...

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  • Farnborough Airport vehicles switch from diesel to vegetable oil

    UK business aviation gateway Farnborough Airport is to fuel all its on-site vehicles with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), just one element in its effort to minimise harmful emissions and maximise it...

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  • GAT to introduce autonomous airside driving technology

    GAT Airline Ground Support, a ground, passenger and cargo handler operating at 72 locations across the US and Canada, is teaming up with San Francisco Bay Area-based AeroVect, a developer of autonomou...

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  • Havas expands its overseas footprint

    In February this year, Turkish handler Havas – part of Turkey’s wider aviation service provider and airport operator, TAV Airports (which is itself part of Paris-based airport operator Groupe ADP)...

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  • HiSERV assists AeroGround handling operations in Berlin

    HiSERV, the Germany-based GSE rental specialist, has begun supporting the needs of ground services provider AeroGround Berlin at the capital’s Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) According to the pa...

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  • Hydrogen offers an alternative to simple diesel at Edmonton

    Hydra Energy is to offer low-carbon hydrogen as complementary fuel for diesel vehicles operating airside at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) The collaboration between Alberta, Canada’s EIA an...

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  • IGOM update

    In February, IATA launched the IGOM Portal – what it describes as an online platform where, with the IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) as the primary reference, airlines and ground service provid...

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  • Mercury GSE: meeting specialist needs

    Jason Gendron, CEO of Mercury GSE, tells Airside all about the US-based full-service GSE rental and leasing specialist, and how it is currently enjoying exponential growth Mercury GSE traces its or...

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  • No single solution

    Myron Keehn, vice president of air service, business development, ESG (environmental, social and governance) and government relations at EIA, believes that there is no one solution to reducing emissio...

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  • Power source

    Anirrban Batacharrya is the business head of Vector Technorium, Panus GSE’s sales agent in India. He agrees that this first Panus electric tug going into the Indian market definitely represents a c...

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  • Powering up for the future

    The trend towards battery-powered ground power units (GPUs) continues, perhaps at a faster pace than ever before. Meanwhile, GPU suppliers are already benefiting from the ongoing recovery in the aviat...

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  • Preventing aircraft damage

    Aircraft are vulnerable to damage caused by the vehicles that service them on the ramp coming into contact with them – an increasingly expensive (and potentially very dangerous) occurrence, as more ...

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  • Schiphol to invest in two TaxiBots

    Royal Schiphol Group, operator of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (amongst others), has confirmed that it will buy two TaxiBots to support its efforts to achieve sustainable taxiing at the Dutch gateway ...

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  • Supporting emissions-free hydrogen fuels

    EIA describes itself as a “strong supporter” of the efforts being made to transition to hydrogen fuel “for Alberta, for Canada and for all of the aviation industry”. The airport is home to th...

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  • Sustainable options for airport drainage and easy access

    Drainage and recycling might be one of the less discussed aspects of airport infrastructure and everyday process but it is an important part of the effort to ensure operations can run smoothly and als...

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  • WePlan facilitates efficient airline workforce planning

    Frankfurt, Germany-based WePlan offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that enables airlines to optimise their crew manpower deployment on a continual basis WePlan was formed in 2019 by Lan...

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