Winter 2021

issue 56

Welcome to the Winter 2021 issue of Airside International, in which we once again take a look at the latest developments in airside technology, processes and infrastructure.

Over the last month or so, the industry has welcomed back both inter airport Europe in Munich and the GSE Expo 2021 in Las Vegas. The latter, held between 5 and 7 October, attracted more than 2,600 registrants from 19 countries, as well as 195 exhibitors. inter airport Europe meanwhile brought in more than 10,000 attendees (of which 5,100 were trade visitors) when it made its welcome return to the airside sector’s exhibition programme in mid-November.

This issue sees Airside talk to many of those who exhibited at either or both of those events. Some of them offer their latest news in the features covering airfield ground lighting, GSE total cost of ownership and snow clearance.

Plus, we meet with Weihai Guangtai, which celebrated its 30th anniversary recently, as well as COBUS and TCR who were keen to demonstrate their ongoing collaboration at the GSE Expo.

GSE supplier Rushlift explains its current growth trajectory, while another GSE provider, AVIACO, was in Munich showing off its latest service offering: collaborating with partner XYZ Dynamics, it can take customers’ diesel-powered GSE and covert the equipment to a more sustainable battery-powered option.

On the subject of greener operations, Bristol Airport and easyJet discuss their co-operation in ongoing trials of using (as far as is possible) only electric GSE to turn around some of the low-cost carrier’s services at the west of England gateway.

Meanwhile, VINCI Airports has partnered with Airbus and Air Liquide to promote the use of hydrogen as a power source for GSE and other on-airport vehicles, with Lyon–Saint Exupéry Airport to act as a testbed, and Air France is involved in trials of the OROK autonomous electric cargo transport unit at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

Australia-based GSE manufacturer OEM Group discusses an important acquisition it recently made, while ATS explains its innovative alternative to conventional aircraft taxiing across the ramp, and we also learn about Evitado’s imaginative collision avoidance system for aircraft on the ground.

Elsewhere, Greg Zaharewicz from global advisory, restructuring and investment firm Gordon Brothers, talks about a developing aspect of the GSE business – auctions of equipment to the highest bidder.

Finally, we chat with Lee Coon, a very well-known name in the GSE business who is soon to retire. He tells us about his career and just how much he has enjoyed working in this industry of ours.

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Featured in this issue

  • Air France KLM Martinair trials new autonomous EV at Charles de Gaulle

    A new electrically powered, autonomous vehicle has been put through its paces at one of Europe’s biggest air freight gateways. The OROK unit may well form part of a wider move towards electrificatio...

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  • ATS offers a cheaper and cleaner alternative to taxiing

    Aircraft Towing Systems Worldwide Inc (ATS) has developed an innovative system that would move an aircraft between an airport runway and an airport gate, without the aircraft having to use engine powe...

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  • AVIACO and XYZ Dynamics co-operate on electric GSE conversion option

    AVIACO, the GSE leasing, maintenance and fleet management specialist, has teamed up with Eindhoven, Netherlands-based XYZ Dynamics to offer customers an innovative and environmentally friendly GSE ret...

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  • Celebrating three decades of growth

    In late October, GSE supplier Weihai Guangtai marked its 30th anniversary. As part of that celebration, customers and partners were invited to the company's headquarters in Weihai, China, to look over...

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  • easyJet trials emissions-saving turnarounds at Bristol Airport

    Bristol Airport, the southwest of England air gateway, is hosting a six-month trial of virtually emissions-free turnarounds of some easyJet aircraft. Already well underway, the trials are generating a...

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  • Evitado’s collision avoidance systems go into operation

    Hamburg-based tech start-up Evitado Technologies has developed a collision avoidance system for aircraft manoeuvring while on the ground. And it has just announced its first operational user The sy...

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  • Finding a home for second-hand GSE

    In September, it was confirmed that Gordon Brothers (the global advisory, restructuring and investment firm) and Liquidity Services (a US-headquartered company specialising in surplus asset management...

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  • Keeping the lights on

    Some airfield ground lighting (AGL) projects have gone ahead as planned despite the downturn in the aviation industry and the many social distancing requirements of the pandemic, and the market is not...

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  • Lee Coon to say a fond goodbye to JBT and the GSE business

    Coon, vice president global sales and customer care at GSE supplier JBT, is to retire in January 2022. After decades serving JBT and – in its previous format, FMC – he is now preparing for a new l...

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  • Minimising GSE total cost of ownership

    The real price of any item of equipment can be measured most accurately in terms of the cost that it will represent over its working lifetime. Known as total cost of ownership (TCO), it is a vital con...

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  • OEM Group acquires AMS GSE as part of expansion programme

    Perth, Australia-headquartered manufacturer OEM Group has acquired Tasmania-based AMS GSE as part of a wider plan to grow the business OEM Group has historically supplied the agricultural, industri...

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  • Ploughing ahead

    Innovation in snow clearance equipment continues, with Scandinavian airports leading the charge, as Megan Ramsay reports Covid-19 has caused huge problems for the aviation industry around the world...

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  • Rushlift invests in growth

    UK-based GSE and materials handling supplier Rushlift has had a very busy couple of years. While many others involved in the aviation industry, and especially in GSE provision, have been cutting back,...

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  • TCR offers North American COBUS customers a flexible option

    Brussels-headquartered TCR is working hand in glove with apron bus manufacturer COBUS to offer operators of COBUS vehicles a flexible and minimal risk option for acquiring and operating these otherwis...

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  • VINCI Airports looks to a more sustainable future

    VINCI Airports – operator of 45 airports across Europe, Asia and the Americas – has partnered with Airbus and Air Liquide to promote the use of hydrogen as a way to lower harmful emissions in the ...

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