Summer 2023

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Summer 2023

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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