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  • Airports: The Economic Engines that Do

    - Monday February 8, 2010
    Maybe all the years of noise and environmental complaints have made airport managers publicity-shy, but unless politicians get the message that airports are huge economic engines for their constituencies, they will not get the stimulus money needed to put...
  • Virtual Driver Training: The New Reality

    - Tuesday January 19, 2010
    Whether fueled by low wages, cut-backs in overtime or a myriad other possible reasons, driver turnover on the ramp is a reality and can be costly when inexperienced drivers are left to learn on the job. Many airport drivers get little more than a...
  • Safety Doesn't Take a Holiday

    - Tuesday January 5, 2010
    A sad reminder last week that the rush of holiday traffic doesn’t condone skimping on safety requirements.  A routine deicing operation turned tragic at Calgary when standard precautions may not have been followed.  A worker was found dead of...
  • Finding Fault Can Be a Full-time Job

    - Tuesday December 8, 2009
    There’s never been any such thing as a routine accident when a piece of ground equipment hits an aircraft.  If we’re lucky enough that no one is injured, damage to the aircraft alone can quickly mount into the thousands, if not the hundreds of...
  • Long-Range Aircraft Spell Long-Term Impacts

    - Tuesday November 24, 2009
    When I started in the aviation business in the 60s and 70s, aircraft range dictated intermediate stops for refueling on long haul flights. This meant aircraft from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia, needed to stop in Honolulu; New York to Tel Aviv meant...
  • NBAA Convention: Wings of Hope for Business Aviation

    - Thursday November 5, 2009
      While attendance was somewhat down from prior years, the mood at this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando was decidedly upbeat. Despite the beating corporate aircraft took earlier in the year in the media, and in the mouths of politicians looking to...
  • Emergency Fuel Shut-off for Dummies

    - Tuesday October 13, 2009
    It seems obvious that people working with equipment anywhere on or near the ramp should know emergency shut-off procedures for all the equipment on the ramp, including, of course, how to shut off the fuel either from the ground or the truck. My...
  • Airports are No Place for Demolition Derbies

    - Monday September 21, 2009
    When I was growing up in Boston, there were a number of small racetracks where every weekend there would be demolition derbies. Owners would take their clunkers for one last fling before the junk heap. There they would race around the track trying to...
  • Who Gets the Credit?

    - Tuesday September 8, 2009
    Environmental regulations are coming, sooner probably than later. This Administration is committed to it, and ground support equipment providers need to stay on top of what’s proposed and who gets the credit for what. If the European Union’s Emissions...
  • Tagged, You're Out of Service!

    - Friday August 28, 2009
    How many times does it happen that someone tags equipment out-of-service and before it’s repaired, it’s back on the job? Sometimes with unpleasant consequences. Just recently I overheard a heated exchange between an airline supervisor responsible...