Spring 2022

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Spring 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 issue of Airside International, in which we take a good look at the hangar and hangar door business, as well as communications on the apron. The downturn in the aviation industry seems to have been ridden with some success by the big players in these somewhat niche markets.

Our third feature is a regular one – looking at high lifts and loaders – in which Megan Ramsay assesses the continuing move towards electric equipment – though this trend has also been affected by the pandemic and its impact on aviation.

We meet with Don Bergin, president of US-based ground run-up enclosure provider BDI, Inc, to see how his company has continued to flourish, as well as with ground power unit supplier Dynell and refuelling equipment manufacturer Elaflex.

Mallaghan director Niall Mallaghan explains how his Northern Ireland-headquartered company continues to put the focus on ‘Innovation in Aviation’, while start-up Waev Inc sees the GSE of the future being powered by electric batteries, and lithium-ion in particular. GSE provider Textron, too, is emphasising its green credentials, and is working with US automotive giant General Motors to strengthen its electric offering.

We also chat with a number of ground handlers – Aviator, Groundforce Portugal and Unifi – who offer their thoughts on how ground service providers can ride out the ongoing storm.

Finally, London Oxford Airport is an airport on the up, benefiting from one area of aviation that has actually done well out of the downturn in regular commercial air travel: business aviation.

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