Cygnus Aviation Expo 2011

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

This session focused on VALE funding, giving detailed information on the available grant options and the requirements linked with this funding. Davenger discussed the variety of projects for which this funding can be used, and the restrictions and guidelines linked with these projects. He placed a focus on the airports ability to grow infrastructure such as chargers, electrical capacity and auxiliary power stations through this program, and gave specific focus to the relationship between the airport and its clients required to make effective use of these funds. Although these funds are commonly focused on the implementation of electric infrastructure, he is quick to point out that they can be applied to other alternative fuel systems as well, so long as the positive environmental impact is sufficient. He specifically emphasized the necessity of individual situational awareness and evaluation as groups seek to take advantage of this and other federal grants.

California LSI and Off-road Diesel Regulations for GSE Fleets Speakers: Mark Williams, air pollution specialist, California Air Resources Board; and Elizabeth Yura, air resources engineer, California Air Resources Board

This session focused on CARB emission requirements, the timetables involved in their implementation, and the variety of options available to companies as they seek to meet the emission mandates. In this informative session, Williams explained the calculations used to determine a fleet’s emission requirements and the varied deadlines involved, as well as related restrictions being implemented in conjunction with emission reductions. The extended timetables on implementation of the restrictions were discussed, as were the projected adjusted implementation dates. Yura discussed fleet behavior standards and tagging regulations targeted at limiting extended idling and other wasteful practices.

Human Factors on the Ramp Speaker: Dr. Bill Johnson, chief scientific and technical advisor human factors in aircraft maintenance systems, FAA

The seminar focused on human factor mishaps on the ramp and techniques that can be used to minimize the frequency of these errors. Dr. Johnson focused on awareness of personnel characteristics and task requirements to set up a work environment that is conducive to safety. The discussion included various ways to improve staff’s fitness for duty, including scheduling restrictions to avoid fatigue and periodic observation periods. It also covered ways to make the facility more staff friendly and enhance efficiency and usability, decreasing worker distraction and stress. It is Johnson’s belief that through improved work conditions and a greater awareness of workers’ needs and abilities, the incidents of human error can be greatly reduced.

Deicing Operations and the Environment Speaker: Tim Pohle, managing director - US environmental affairs, ATA

This session featured new EPA regulation of deicing run off and glycol recovery requirements. Pohle discussed the proposed 3-tiered approach to regulation, and the requirements of each tier’s mandates. In the top tier, there will be a requirement for 60% of expended glycol to be collected, stored and treated. The middle tier would be required to collect 20%, and the lowest would be immune from collection requirements, but must cease the use of urea treatment fluid. Discussion also covered available technologies designed to assist with the recovery, including deicing pads and glycol recovery units, which would be required in the larger operations to meet EPA recovery standards. Advances in deicing fluid and the improved environmental safety they entail was also a focus. The difficulties involved in the implementation of new systems and improved deicing methods were also discussed.

Networking Party

This year the expo featured a networking party for attendees to interact with representatives of the 227 exhibiting companies. The event featured live music, food, drinks, and a drawing for a 2011 Ford F-150. Congratulations to Cordell LaBrier, president of Ideal Aviation, Inc. in Sauget, IL, who was the winner of the drawing; as well as the other finalists, one of whom won a Snap-on toolbox, and the rest Snap-on tool kits.

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