Goldhofer, Guinault, Rheinmetall and Flite Line collaborate on latest generation of eGSE.

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In collaboration with manufacturers, Goldhofer, Guinault and Rheinmetall, Flite Line is showcasing the latest generation of battery-electric ground handling systems.

Goldhofer’s American subsidiary, Flite Line, plans to showcase all-electric aircraft tow tractors and battery-operated ground power and air start units at this year’s GSE Expo being held in Las Vegas in October. It will also showcase Goldhofer’s PHOENIX E – the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor. Also making its debut in Vegas is the emission-free brand new Rheinmetall eMSU air start unit. The all-electric unit can be recharged from any electric vehicle charging station or regular power grid interface.

Energy required for aircraft on the ground is delivered by Guinault’s all-electric EGA 180 battery ground power unit (GPU) with up to 180kVA output. It provides mobile exhaust-free power for aircraft up to B777 even under the toughest operating conditions. The E-GPU’s unique design is based on five years of data gathering from Guinault diesel GPUs worldwide.

Flite Line is celebrating its jubilee anniversary this year having served customers in the North and South American markets with a portfolio of airport and transport equipment for fifty years.

For the latest on eGSE, look out for the September issue of Regional Gateway or subscribe here.

Avfuel supports GAMI’s unleaded avgas solution

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Aviation fuel giant, Avfuel, is collaborating with General Aviation Modifications (GAMI) by providing its distribution expertise in support of the engineering company’s high-octane unleaded avgas.

GAMI announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) authorising use of its G100UL high-octane unleaded avgas on 27 July. These new STCs represent the initial major milestone for bringing G100UL avgas to market across North America. As the approved model list (AML) for these STCs expands over the next year, it will provide the functional equivalent of a fleet-wide certification for spark ignition piston powered aircraft and engines to operate on G10oUL avgas.

While GAMI will focus on expanding the AML, Avfuel will support the initiative by handling the logistics of the product’s distribution and helping to establish a supply chain for bringing G100UL safely and responsibly to market on a commercial scale.

“We owe it to our industry, our communities and the companies that have worked diligently toward a suitable answer to help make a solution work,” said Craig Sincock, Avfuel’s President and CEO. “The work GAM has accomplished is admirable and exciting, and we congratulate its team on this exciting first milestone. Avfuel is honoured to provide its expertise to help further the unleaded avgas initiative.”

Meanwhile, Tim Roehl, GAMI President stated, “The FAA approval of G100UL high-octane unleaded avgas is a truly huge development for the future of general aviation… Now is the time for all of the stakeholders in the general aviation community to stand up and celebrate. These AML-STCs are the ‘beginning of the end’ for the continued use of lead in aviation gasoline.”

Hawaii Airports takes delivery of eight Oshkosh Striker ARFF vehicles

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Oshkosh Airport Products has delivered eight of its Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles to Hawaii Airports for use at Lihue, Hilo International, Ellison Oizuka Kona International, Kahului and Daniel K. Inouye International airports.

The delivery represents a long-standing relationship with the state of Hawaii and its airport fire departments, which have been operating a full fleet of Oshkosh Airport Product vehicles since 2004.

“For many years, it has been an honour to support the state of Hawaii’s dedicated aircraft rescue fire-fighting teams by producing Striker ARFF vehicles for airports among the islands,” said Jack Bermingham, Business Unit Director for Oshkosh Airport Products.

“The remote nature of the islands’ airports and proximity to mainland US can make accessibility to apparatus aftermarket services challenging in some circumstances. With an Oshkosh Airport Products dealer based on the island of Oahu, Hawaii’s airport fire departments have easy access to critical service support and parts inventory for their Striker fleets,” he added.

Celebi Aviation awarded ground handling concession in Tanzania

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A subsidiary of Çelebi Aviation, Çelebi Tanzania Aviation Services has been awarded a concession to provide ground handling and cargo services at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania.

Established in 1958 as Turkey’s first privately-owned ground handling services company, Çelebi Aviation has garnered a reputation as one of the most successful ground handling providers of integrated services in India, Hungary, Germany and Turkey. It offers a full range of services with more than 10,000 dedicated employees at more than 40 stations.

A statement from the company read: “Our dedicated headquarters and operational teams are ready to carry our global quality in Tanzania with the support of the local leadership. Our operational start up team as well as ground support equipment are ready on ground for our valuable customers.

“As a company, we are strongly motivate to go past the COVID-19 pandemic and keep our aim and focus on our planned growth in developing markets. Çelebi is confident that from our starting point in Dar es Salaam, we will continue to expand into other rapidly emerging aviation markets in Africa.”

Growth forecast for Menzies’ new LA cargo facility

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Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies, has expanded its cargo facilities by 40% at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) thanks to the addition of a new warehouse.

The new off-airport warehouse facility will handle import cargo. Meanwhile, an existing on-airport facility will continue to handle predominantly exports and Menzies also has a third warehouse at the airport which is operated by Air Menzies International and located off-airport.

The addition of the new warehouse to Menzies existing facilities more than doubles Menzies’ truck door capacity and in conjunction with new and efficient operating procedures for truck access will significantly enhance the customer experience. Menzies also has its own inter-terminal transport which keeps freight moving airside to landside.

“It is a major coup to secure these facilities as space is at a premium at Los Angeles International Airport, which is currently the epicentre for imports into the US,” said John Redmond, Executive Vice President, Americas at Menzies Aviation.

“By creating dedicated import and export facilities we have an opportunity to grow our cargo business in one of the busiest airports in the US. Menzies has an extensive portfolio of ground services, cargo services and fuel services at LAX and a team of almost 800 Menzies employees at that location, and we are excited about the opportunities created by this addition to our cargo facilities.”

With almost double the space and in recognition of significant market growth in LAX, Menzies can significantly expand its cargo operations and the new facility will provide existing airline customers with the warehouse capacity needed to grow. Supported by a team of more than 200 Menzies employees, all three facilities are custom bonded and collectively have the capacity to handle more than 130,000 tonnes per year.

Menzies is also expanding into new locations. It is particularly focused on the Americas in terms of  expanding its operations, having also launched cargo operations in Miami earlier this year. Its cargo network covers 53 locations across the globe.

Hollywood Burbank’s Million Air FBO teams up with Avfuel for SAF supply

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Avfuel has teamed up with Million Air Burbank, an Avfuel-branded FBO – to provide its customers with an ongoing supply of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

The first truckload of Avfuel’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on 24 June and each truckload (approximately 8,000 gallons) of SAF supplied to the FBO by Avfuel provides a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle. That’s the equivalent of making five passenger vehicles zero emissions for one year.

“I think most of us in the aviation industry have been looking for ways to play a part in the battle against climate change,” said Priscilla Howden, General Manager of Million Air Burbank. “So, when we were given the opportunity to provide SAF to our customers, we jumped on it. Working with flight departments, Avfuel, Neste and the Hollywood Burbank Airport on a joint effort to reduce carbon emissions has been an incredible and inspiring experience.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, added: “Avfuel is proud to work with long-time partner, Million Air, and its Burbank team to offer its customers the ultimate solution for sustainability – SAF. Together, we’re able to provide a real, measurable difference in carbon emissions for a brighter, cleaner future. We look forward to continuing to work with Million Air at its Burbank location and beyond to identify further opportunities to promote and enable the use of SAF.”

The consistent supply of SAF at Million Air follows the announcement that Sonoma Jet Center has also agreed to offer its customers Neste MY Saf from Avfuel on an ongoing basis. Anyone flying to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport can refuel with the new alternative fuel, directly reducing their carbon emissions.

Farnborough offers ongoing supply of SAF for all aircraft

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Farnborough Airport in the UK has partnered with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel and World Fuel Services to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to all aircraft using the airport.

Having been named the world’s first carbon neutral business aviation airport in 2018, the ongoing availability of SAF at the airport allows the reduction of flying emissions by up to 80% and marks a significant next step in the airport’s work to support the decarbonisation of the wider aviation industry.

“The introduction of SAF at Farnborough Airport is a major milestone in our sustainability programme and we are pleased to be able to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel by working with our fuel provider World Fuel Services,” said Simon Geere, CEO, Farnborough Airport. “We are fully committed to a sustainable future and are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to make a greener choice and work with us to play an integral part in delivering against the UK Government’s targets for net-zero carbon emissions.”

In line with its status as a carbon neutral airport, Farnborough has reduced its controllable emissions by over 70% over the last 10 years and is committed to minimising its environmental impact and improving environmental performance throughout its operations.

Produced from 100% renewable and sustainable feedstock and residual raw materials such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste, the Neste MY SAF avaialable at Farnborough Airport reduces up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel over its lifecycle.

Commenting on the partnership with Farnborough and Neste, Duncan Storey, Vice President Supply Europe, World Fuel Services said: “World Fuel Services was the first company to have blended SAF in the UK and worked with Farnborough Airport to make SAF available during Europe’s inaugural SAF demonstration at EBACE 2019.”

He added, “we applaud Farnborough’s leadership in sustainability and look forward to continuing our relationship by delivering a regular SAF supply to the airport. World Fuel services remains committed to supporting Farnborough’s sustainability initiatives by providing carbon-reducing options for business aircraft and continuing to aid in the procurement of sustainable fuels.”

Iberia Airport Services prepares for summer boost

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Iberia Airport Services is expecting to ramp up its ground handling services during the summer months as a result of vaccination campaigns and the progressive lifting of restrictions breathing life into Spanish airports.

In May, Iberia Airport Services catered for a total of around 1.7 million passengers and more than 8,700 flights. Despite being around 70% below the figures for the same month in 2019, the figures are certainly a positive indication of traffic ramping up in the coming months. The Spanish airline group’s airport handling unit also signed 12 new clients including Swiss, TAP, Vietnam Airlines, Luxwing, One Airways and World2fly.

Key factors in winning these new clients were according to Iberia Airport Services down to its flexibility and adaptability to all requirements, both in Madrid and in Spain’s other 28 airports.

On peak days the airport handling unit, staffed by 7,000 people, will supply airport handling services to more than 1,000 flights, for which it is bringing on line its entire fleet of some 8,000 ground vehicles in Spanish airports, many of which were mothballed during the pandemic.

In the past months Iberia Airport Services has tailored its check-in, boarding, and arrival protocols to meet the different requirements of each of its airline clients, while attaining the maximum level of safety against COVID-19 transmission.

It also adopted the strictest measures to protect its employees at all 29 Spanish airports, earning official recognition as safe against COVID-19.

Edmonton Airport powers up new natural gas cogeneration facility

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Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has unveiled a new natural gas cogeneration facility that will significantly lower carbon emissions in line with its continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

As well as lowering carbon emissions the new $11 million facility will also reduce costs for the airport, providing heat and electricity for airport operations from the same source. The heat from the electrical power generation is now captured and used to heat water, which heats the airport’s terminal. The new cogeneration power plant will reduce Edmonton Airport’s annual carbon emissions by approximately 20% or 7,000-8,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. That’s roughly the same as taking 2,400 vehicles off the road.

Construction on the new facility began in 2019 and it became operational in spring of this year. Once fully operational, it will also reduce EIA’s energy costs by roughly $800,000 per year. The airport describes the implementation of an energy and heat production facility onsite as a direct response to the desire for real, lasting and sustainable change in the aviation sector.

“We’re pleased to announce the installation of cogeneration plant as it will offer critical reductions in CO2e for our EIA airport sustainability campus,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport, thanking the airport’s partners in opening the facility – the Government of Alberta and ATCO. “Our company is committed to being carbon-neutral by 2040 under our commitment to The Climate Pledge and this cogeneration facility goes a long way to helping us get closer to that goal by reducing our current emissions by 20%.”

Other initiatives the airport has adopted in working towards carbon-neutral growth, include: the world’s largest solar farm at an airport; becoming the first airport in the world to join The Climate Pledge; measuring and reporting on energy and carbon targets; LEED certification of its central tower and terminal expansion project; participating with the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Munich Airport all set to offer customers sustainable aviation fuel supplied by Air bp

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Munich Airport in Germany has confirmed an agreement with Air bp to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is being purchased by a business aviation operator from the beginning of June.

The supply of SAF at the Bavarian gateway marks the second location in Germany where Air bp has supplied SAF, the first being in December 2019 at Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport.

Made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel, the SAF blend supplied by Air bp is around 35% SAF and 65% traditional jet fuel. The SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Air bp’s latest supply agreement with Munich Airport follows the fuel supplier’s recent SAF supply to three UK locations: London Biggin Hill; Airbus-owned Hawarden and Centreline FBO Bristol, as well as to Clermont Ferrand Airport in France. These agreements reinforce the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving the demand for SAF needed if the industry is to meet its lower carbon goals.

“This latest supply reinforces our capability in the supply of SAF. We continue to work with airports and customers to identify other opportunities for SAF supply in the region and urge interested parties to come forward and contact Air bp,” said Jürgen Kuper, Air bp General Manager for Central Europe and Benelux.