NATA updates de/anti-icing training module: The National Air Transportation Association’s Safety 1st released its updated De/Anti-icing training module this month. Winter weather training programs like NATA’s Safety 1st De/Anti-Icing module are designed to familiarize line service specialists with the responsibilities of their job and give an overview of the skills necessary to ensure safe aircraft departures. The De/Anti-icing training module was first released in 2010. Updates include supplementary documentation of different types of contamination; communication section between crews and deicing techs; and anti-icing and deicing section to clarify the sequence of procedures.
ATS receives first ISAGO registration in Las Vegas: Airport Terminal Services, St. Louis, MO, announced that it had received the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations registration for its corporate office in St. Louis and is the first ground service provider to be registered at Las Vegas – McCarran International Airport. ATS services audited by ISAGO included baggage handling; aircraft handling and loading; aircraft ground movement; and organization and management. The implementation of ISAGO aims to improve safety and cut airline costs by drastically reducing ground accidents and injuries.
Lufthansa Cargo receives U.S. SAFETY Act Designation: Lufthansa Cargo AG has been the first air carrier to receive the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation for the screening of air cargo departing the United States. The airline has invested heavily to further improve air cargo security over the recent years. In the Americas, Lufthansa Cargo has implemented new x-ray and trace detection machines into operation and is currently increasing the number of security experts at its stations significantly. The SAFETY Act provides legal liability protections for providers of “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.” The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.
Clariant enables Oslo Airport to recycle de-icer: A new Clariant recycling plant for aircraft de-icer was inaugurated this month at Norway’s Oslo International Airport. In the coming 2011-12 winter, it is expected that the unit will reprocess as much as 70 percent of the aircraft de-icer fluid used in Oslo. The recycled product – mono propylene glycol – will substitute an estimated 700 metric tons per year of original material in de-icing and heat transfer applications. Recycling also will reduce the airport’s carbon footprint. Clariant, Mount Holly, NC, estimates that carbon emissions over the life cycle of de-icing will be reduced by an annual 2,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. This is roughly equivalent to the emissions of 7,400 round-trip flights between London and Oslo.
Cavotec acquires INET Airport Systems: Cavotec, Lugano, Switzerland, acquired INET Airport Systems, a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ground support equipment based in United States in August. “Our focus is directed strongly on servicing our extensive North American customer base with local North American manufacturing and sales support, while simultaneously strengthening our global presence through our extensive Cavotec sales and service network,” said Ottonel Popesco, Cavotec CEO. The acquisition further consolidates Cavotec’s position in North America, with nearly 200 employees and colleagues working from three manufacturing facilities and from Cavotec’s own local offices in Chicago, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver. The deal also marks a milestone in Cavotec’s presence in the U.S. market, especially given INET’s long list of U.S. and international clients, which include Lockheed, Boeing, NASA, Northrop Grumman, as well as many international airports such as Miami, Bangkok, Cairo, Toronto and Vancouver.
Former Flightworks president acquires ADI: Aerodynamics Inc., Waterford, MI, announced in August that the company and its subsidiary, ADI Shuttle Group LLC, has been acquired by Scott Beale, former president, founder and co-owner of FlightWorks. Terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. ADI is a full-service flight and maintenance repair firm that operates under Part 121, 125, 135 and 145 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The company’s specialties include corporate shuttles, charter services, aircraft management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. ADI headquarters will remain in Michigan at the Oakland County International Airport.