The Winter issue of Airside International introduces something a little different, a Buyers’ Viewpoint section that assesses what industry buyers are looking for when they come to make their procurement decisions. Whether it be GSE acquired by handlers or self-handling airlines, or airside equipment acquired by airport authorities, the pitfalls of the procurement process are many, yet it is a vital part of this business. We talk to a few of the big players about what criteria they use when making those all-important buying decisions. We’ve also taken a look back at the 2014 International Airport Expo of the International Airport Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (IAEMA) that took place in October in Las Vegas. The busy show brought together suppliers and buyers in the very attractive setting of Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel for the biennial industry event that is steadily expanding. Also within these pages are features looking at the changing technologies associated with airfi eld ground lighting, hangar design and – as the Northern Hemisphere winter comes upon us – the regular challenge of on-airport snow clearance. Plus, we assessm the changing market for GSE spares, a critical aspect of the constant struggle waged by airside operators to keep as much equipment running as is humanly possible. Airside also meets Steve Szalay, dnata’s general manager ground services manager at London Heathrow, who talks about the impressive job that he and the wider dnata management team have done at the London gateway for the rapidly expanding Dubaiheadquartered handler, and chats with Jon Dutton, aviation business manager for the UK Met Offi ce, about how his team can help mitigate the effects of our everchanging weather.
The magazine ends as usual with our regular look at news over the past couple of months in Airside update.
We hope you enjoy the issue.
Featured in this issue
Beating winter back
Keeping runways, taxiways and aircraft stands free of snow and ice is no easy matter and couldn’t be done without the help of some pretty sophisticated machines Eggiwil, Switzerland-headquartered...Read More
The forecast is for clear skies ahead… ideally
Jon Dutton, aviation business manager for the UK Met Office, explains the critical role that the forecaster plays in ensuring the nation’s aviation operations remain safe from the worst of the weath...Read More
Shining a light on changing AGL technology
As airports right around the world switch to LED for their airfield lighting systems as fast as budgets allow, AGL designers and manufacturers are already looking for the next technological breakthrou...Read More
Who cares about GSE spares?
In an age when outsourcing is all the rage, most airlines and many airports have sub-contracted many or all of their GSE-related operations – and if they haven’t, they are probably actively consid...Read More
GSE procurement: Outsourcing works
One of the world’s biggest airlines took the decision more than a decade ago to outsource much of its cargo handling work. And it has, the carrier reports, had no reason to regret that decision T...Read More
Delicate balancing act
An aircraft hangar may seem like just a large shelter for aircraft while on the ground, but there is more to their design than simply coming up with a shed of the requisite size and shape: function ae...Read More
Larry Laney is director ground support at Southwest Airlines. He sits on the carrier’s team that handles equipment acquisitions for all Southwest sites in which it owns GSE. His department is also r...Read More
Ramping up efficiency
Steve Szalay took over as dnata’s general manager ground services at London Heathrow International Airport in April 2012. Since then he has overseen a radical overhaul of the handler’s operations ...Read More