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  • ISAGO Way to Go

    - Tuesday August 24, 2010
    ISAGO is an acronym many of you may be familiar with — IATA’s Safety Audit program for Ground Operations. While I think the audit portions offer a lot of promise for standardization — which is a boon to safety, efficiency and cost-savings — I...
  • Economic Green Shoots?

    - Tuesday August 3, 2010
    As I hop around the country’s airports, it looks to me as though new equipment is finally starting to show up on the ramp.  Just the other day, I was at Charlotte International Airport, returning from the Farnborough Air Show, and noticed new belt...
  • Heat Wave

    - Tuesday July 13, 2010
    Record-breaking, triple digit weather in the Northeast reminds me of how brutal these hot days can be on the ramp.  The heat of the day combines with the heat from the equipment — including the aircraft — and with the radiant heat emanating from...
  • New Standards for Diesel-powered GSE: Are You Ready?

    - Tuesday June 22, 2010
    January 2011 is when some newly manufactured diesel-powered equipment will have to meet new, tighter standards for emissions. Diesel emissions are a major contributor to airport pollution.   EPA’s standards are intended to address long-standing...
  • Overriding Safety Devices: Risky Business

    - Tuesday May 25, 2010
    I was sitting at the terminal at Boston’s Logan Airport the other day, waiting for an afternoon flight.  Like most of us airport types, I while away the time by watching the ground operations going on through the window. I couldn’t help but notice...
  • See Something, Say Something

    - Tuesday May 11, 2010
    How many times have people snickered at those ubiquitous post-9/11 posters in New York City proclaiming, “See Something, Say Something”?  Well, no one’s snickering now.  Two T-shirt vendors in Times Square have proven the importance of those...
  • Aviation Can't Catch a Break

    - Tuesday April 27, 2010
    Just when the economy started perking up and many of us were feeling a little bit of hope for the future of aviation, the volcano in Iceland (I can’t pronounce it and I sure can’t spell it) spewed ash across the skies of Europe, closing hundreds of...
  • At What Cost Free Use of GSE?

    - Tuesday April 6, 2010
    Doesn’t it get you when you come in to work in the morning and the equipment you left pre-positioned around an aircraft has been used? And left in an unacceptable condition — like dirty, greasy and out of place? Or when you leave the equipment...
  • Everything Old is Not New Again — at Least When it Comes to GSE

    - Monday March 22, 2010
    Back when I was running my own FBO, replacing worn out or obsolete GSE meant comparing new to used or refurbished equipment. Original equipment owners — the airlines in those days — were much more likely to replace or upgrade their equipment once it...
  • GSE Emissions Study — You Can Help

    - Tuesday March 9, 2010
    The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has issued a request for proposals to “develop a tutorial that describes GSE operations and identifies potential strategies to reduce emissions from powered GSE...