Cygnus Aviation Expo 2011

A recap of some of the highlights at this year’s show


This year’s Cygnus Aviation Expo featured many opportunities for attendees. Whether for the purpose of making and maintaining industry connections, displaying companies’ newest products, or just learning about new technologies and industry issues, crowds of exhibitors and general attendees gathered at the show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The show included 227 exhibitors showcasing their products on the floor. The expo included events like the Career Fair to link employers with the qualified experts they seek and networking events to encourage wider interaction. At the same time, sections like the Demos-on-Demand area allowed attendees to experience equipment first hand, and the Green Pavilion allowed companies to showcase their environmentally friendly product offerings. In addition to these opportunities was a series of seminars, which allowed attendees to learn about issues facing the industry from leading speakers.

Here is a look at the GSE seminars and the topics discussed.

Alternative Technology for GSE: Fuel Cells the Future? Speakers: Lennie Klebanoff, director, Sandia National Laboratory; Greg Moreland, representative, Department of Energy

The seminar focused on developments in fuel cell technology, and options for a sustainable introduction of this technology into ground support operations. This technology includes use of fuel cells as a power source for ground equipment, as well as use as a backup power source in emergency situations. Klebanoff shared information on the development of a mobile light stand, and the marketability of hydrogen cell technology. He sees fuel cells as one of the more viable options for the industry as carbon reduction standards combine with rising fuel prices to necessitate alternative fuel operations. Moreland focused on the advances in fuel hydrogen production through more sustainable methods, including the conversion of decomposition gasses. Discussion also covered government emission regulations, funding options, and overall operational sustainability.

Electric GSE Speakers: Wayne Alexander, Electric Blue Auto Conversions; Ryan Gibson, GSE general manager, AeroVironment

This seminar focused on the implementation of electric GSE and the conversion of diesel to electric as a cost-saving measure. The integration of electric into existing diesel fleets and effective uses of electric systems were featured in discussion. Alexander explained the process of conversion and the difficulties inherent in first-time conversions of new systems, as well as the successes he has had in standardizing conversion kits and methods. The cost and operational effects of the implementation were also featured. Alexander discussed initial costs and the overall effects on the necessary operational and repair budgets as well, and shares insight into effective practices and use of this equipment.

Gibson discussed emerging battery technology and its effects on equipment function. He explained that as batteries are becoming more advanced, their charge speed and duration improves, along with their cycle life, reducing the replacement costs that plagued older batteries. He also explained the financial effects of investments, and that by viewing costs on an amortized basis a company sees remarkable returns on their investment.

VALE Funding Speakers: Calvin Davenger, deputy director of aviation, planning & environmental stewardship division of aviation, Philadelphia International Airport; Bruce Miller, corporate real estate, PHL-Properties/facilities, US Airways

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