Summer 2021

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Summer 2021

Welcome to the Summer 2021 issue of Airside International, in which we look once again at how GSE manufacturers, ground service providers (GSPs), airlines and airport operators are fighting their way through what are some of the hardest times the global aviation industry has ever had to face.

But it is by no means all doom and gloom. Those suppliers supporting the sector continue to develop innovative systems and equipment, and one of the themes of this issue is GSE automation. We talk to ThorDrive and Aurrigo about their development of autonomous baggage tractors, as well as Stuttgart Airport, which is currently hosting trials of another autonomous baggage tug.

We learn more about Denmark-based Vestergaard’s new electric e-BETA de-icer, while GSE manufacturer ADELTE talks about its state-of-the-art ARCOS Remote Control Operating System for passenger boarding bridges and India-based Transtec Overseas offers an overview of how it is meeting the changing needs of GSE operators in a pandemic-affected world.

We meet with GSE suppliers TCR and Aviaco, who offer customers a range of alternatives when it comes to equipment acquisition, as well as full-service maintenance provision.

Features include a look into the latest technologies available for preventing damage to aircraft and GSE on the ramp, the highly sophisticated and highly effective emergency firefighting vehicles used at airports to deal with fires and other emergencies, as well as how airport operators are going about wildlife and habitat management within their perimeters.

Another feature assesses the current medical lift market and how ambulift manufacturers are meeting its needs. In addition, GSP dnata offers an overview of how it goes about looking after the particular needs of passengers with restricted mobility. And the final feature looks at the evolving technologies associated with on-airport aircraft refuelling.

Finally, this issue’s regular Buyer’s Assessment looks at ground handler Bangkok Flight Services’ use – and appreciation of – the wireless Minerva Ajax on-airport communications system.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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