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Business Buzz ¦ VT Support Services (VT), a civil resilience, emergency, defense and aviation operator has announced a partnership with Eton College as part of the Engineering Education Scheme in England (EESE). The initiative will see a group of...


Business Buzz

¦ VT Support Services (VT), a civil resilience, emergency, defense and aviation operator has announced a partnership with Eton College as part of the Engineering Education Scheme in England (EESE). The initiative will see a group of students from the college spend six months working alongside VT staff on real scientific, engineering and technological problems as a way of encouraging them to get involved in engineering. Twelve students and their teacher are currently working on a project investigating tire wear on airside vehicles at London’s Heathrow Airport, which aims to not only engage the students, but possibly bring benefits to VT’s business.

¦ WSI Corporation, a weather decision support provider in the aviation industry, announced the latest release of Hubcast™, featuring a new lightning alerting capability. The Internet-based service alerts ramp employees via SMS text message or e-mail of a lightning hazard without the need to install and maintain on-site sensors. When a strike is detected in either of the user-defined caution or warning ranges, Hubcast sends an alert to the mobile phones of employees indicating the range and bearing to the strike.

¦ The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded AERO Specialties an Export Achievement Certificate to recognize the company’s tremendous growth in exporting U.S.-manufactured products.

¦ Swissport International has been named Global Ground Handling Services Company for 2009 by UK’s Institute of Transport Management (ITM). This is the ninth year in a row that Swissport has earned the ITM award.

¦ eTug LLC announced the availability of its new patent pending “eCart”TM Battery Baggage Cart for the eTug. The eCart enables the eTug to operate 24 hours a day without stopping to charge the eTug. eCarts charge independently of the eTug, using a standard 110v outlet.

¦ Thermoil Inc. announced the formation and opening of a new sales and distribution center based in the UK to service the European, South African and Australian markets. The UK center will have the ability to service customer requirements and ship both the Thermoil Battery De-Mister and Thermoil Battery De-Sulfater products from stock to all of the market areas it will serve.

¦ AirClic, a mobile applications provider, announced the expansion of its airline solutions to include cargo, baggage, airport services and aircraft services. The expansion is a result of the company’s recent success in working with airline partners to bring mobile solutions to industry leaders such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines and British Airways.

¦ Kilfrost announced it had been awarded the export award at the recent regional Tyneside and Northumberland Awards. Sponsored by UK Trade & Investment, the award was won on the basis of Kilfrost’s continued and significant export success despite difficult trading conditions and global economic uncertainty. Kilfrost regularly exports more than three quarters of its total sales and is expanding into previously untapped markets including China.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ JBT AeroTech recently received an order from Aircraft Services International Group (ASIG) for Tempest XR, extended reach deicers for servicing the new Airbus A380 aircraft at New York JFK International Airport. The Tempest with the XR boom does not require outriggers and provides the most efficient solution for deicing the A380. When not extended, the XR boom operates with the same characteristics as the standard Tempest boom.

¦ Swissport International is selling its passenger handling operations in Germany to Aviation Handling Services GmbH. The sale, which will be formally concluded on June 1, does not include the cargo handling activities of Swissport Deutschland GmbH. AHS Aviation Handling Services GmbH is to take over the organizations and operations of Swissport’s subsidiary companies at Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf and Munich airports in Germany on June 1.

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