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Summer 2023

issue 62

This issue majors on a number of topics, not least that of tugs and tractors – the subject not only of one of its three features, but also of articles on the innovative WheelTug design and TowFLEXX electric tow tractors.
This issue’s other features cover the subjects of ramp and airfield training, and of autonomous GSE. The first is of supreme importance, as it has been since the dawn of airport apron operations, while autonomy in the equipment used to support ramp work is likely to be a growing theme for big hub airports and smaller airfields alike.

The other major theme of this issue is sustainability. The move towards greener apron operations, and the non-diesel-powered GSE that forms a big part of that goal, continues to gain momentum, and we talk with a number of airside players about how environmental responsibility is informing and guiding their strategic priorities. For example, Yves Crespel explains how Alvest and its group companies such as TLD are placing emphasis on greener GSE.
We meet with Hervé Gueusquin of Paris-based Air Business Corporation (ABC) about how his company is going to offer its own brand of electric GSE, and also with Mike Cardy of UK-based Airside Airport Equipment, who explains how he is still busy at the tender age of 75.

JCAI, Inc’s Jeff Cambell tells us all about the company’s digital infrastructure and systems that support airport de-icing facilities and processes, while ABM Aviation’s Cara Buckland gives her insight into the role of a ground service provider’s airside bussing manager.

Plus, Aviramp’s Terri Smart-Jewkes brings us up to date with the latest news from the UK-based provider of innovative boarding ramps.
Finally, we hear all about the training programmes offered by the IGA Academy at Istanbul Airport and look forward to Airside International’s sister conference and exhibition, GSE&RAMP-OPS Global 2023, which will take place in June in Seville.

We hope that you can be there, and I hope you enjoy this issue.

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  • ‘Operational robustness’

    Franc Sanmartí, director of sustainability & government affairs at Vueling, confirms that, while WheelTug is still certifying the device, “We will help them to speed [this process] up as much a...

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  • A look ahead to GSE&RAMP-OPS Global 2023

    This summer will see the GSE&RAMP-OPS Global 2023 conference and exhibition from Eva International Media, publisher of Airside International, take place in Seville. It will be this year’s only s...

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  • ABC offers own-brand electric GSE

    Paris-based GSE specialist Air Business Corporation (ABC) is spreading its wings and looking to become a one-stop shop for GSE operators’ needs ABC is headquartered at Paris Roissy Charles de Gau...

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  • Autonomous GSE: is it the future?

    Airport operators are looking to support their human workforces with autonomous vehicles that can operate safely in an airside environment. Many believe these vehicles could offer significant efficien...

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  • Aviramp steps up

    Telford, UK-based Aviramp, a specialist in manufacturing fully portable boarding ramps and bridges that can be used in place of conventional passenger steps and for ambulifts in many cases, is continu...

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  • Bussing it for ABM

    Cara Buckland is relatively new to the airside bussing manager role at ABM Aviation, but is clearly settling in very quickly. She talks about her experiences in the position When did you take on th...

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  • EFM offers pushback simulator option

    As we have seen, handlers have many tools to offer training to their employees. For instance, German handler EFM, a subsidiary of the airline Deutsche Lufthansa and Munich Airport Company (FMG), has a...

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  • Electric, remote-controlled tugs offer an alternative

    Visbek, Germany-headquartered TowFLEXX offers a different sort of option for moving aircraft on an airfield ramp or within aircraft hangars. Its small, electric tow tractors are ideal for manoeuvring ...

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  • Greener tugs and tractors

    The drive to battery-powered GSE continues, nowhere more so than in the field of those pushback tugs and baggage and cargo tractors that are a regular feature of airport aprons. Manufacturers are resp...

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  • Intelligent management of on-airport de-icing

    JCAI, Inc is a Canada-based specialist in digital infrastructure and systems intended for supporting airport de-icing facilities and processes. Its SmartPad and Icelink solutions combine the company...

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  • Ramp and airfield training

    Training ramp operators to be able to work safely and effectively in the busy, dangerous environment of the airport ramp is just as important as ever, and the big ground service providers are investin...

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  • Still going strong

    This March, Mike Cardy, owner and managing director of Airside Airport Equipment, turned 75. He might be one of the more mature experts in GSE, but he is still going strong Cardy established the pr...

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  • Supporting safe and efficient ramp operations

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) offers training to support safe and efficient operations for most sectors of the aviation industry. In the area of ground operations, its training co...

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  • Sustainability and innovation

    Yves Crespel, Alvest’s group communication director and group talent director, explains how the multifaceted GSE group is playing its part in moving ramp operations towards a greener future – and ...

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  • Training aviation professionals of today and tomorrow

    The IGA Academy, an offshoot of Turkey’s Istanbul Airport, offers a wide-ranging aviation-related training curriculum for current and future aviation professionals, including airport personnel such ...

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  • WheelTug signs up another customer

    Low-cost carrier Vueling, part of the Anglo-Spanish airline group IAG, has signed a letter of intent for the acquisition of a large number of WheelTug units. When installed on an aircraft nose wheel, ...

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