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  • Airports Can Reflect Future Of Emerging Countries

    By John Goglia - Tuesday July 23, 2013
    Travel on the roads and trains of many emerging economies can be a challenge. The overcrowding, the chaos of many vehicles – including cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes and animals of all kinds  – with very few  stop lights and little traffic...
  • Introducing New Technology On the Ramp Has Its Challenges

    By John Goglia - Tuesday July 9, 2013
    Travelling through India this month, I noticed farm tractors used on the ramp as baggage tugs at several airports. It seemed like a cost-effective, adaptive use of readily available equipment re-purposed from the fields to work on the ramp.  Instead of...
  • Luggage Scanner Causes Significant Damage To British Airways Aircraft

    By John Goglia - Monday June 24, 2013
    FOD is something all operators on an airport worry about. Runway debris left behind can strike an aircraft or get sucked into an engine, causing a lot of expensive damage and sometimes worse.  FOD has been a causal factor in any number of accidents and...
  • Two-Hour Delay Follows Tow Bar Break At BOS

    By John Goglia - Tuesday June 18, 2013
    The sudden bang on pushback was unmistakable – at least to a former airport worker. As soon as I heard that sound, I knew the tow bar had broken or otherwise become disconnected from the aircraft. Tow bars break – perhaps all too often because in...
  • There's No Such Thing As 'One' Fluid Spill

    By John Goglia - Tuesday June 4, 2013
    With so much rain these past couple of weeks in Massachusetts, walking the ramp area can be pretty slick. It’s hard to miss the rainbow – sheen from fluid drips and leaks that accumulate on the ground from all the aircraft and various types of GSE...
  • Boston Marathon Bombings Add Renewed Focus To Airport Emergency Plans

    By John Goglia - Tuesday May 21, 2013
    All over the country, airport managers I’ve spoken with have been re-checking their emergency plans in light of recent mass shootings. Active shooter scenarios have been added to many emergency drills at large airports in various parts of the country...
  • Chilling Bagram 747 Video Hints At Accident's Cause

    By John Goglia - Tuesday May 7, 2013
    Of course the facts are not all in and the accident investigation will take many months, but as a long-time accident investigator the video certainly hints of an aircraft stall that could have been caused by a sudden shift in the cargo load. In this...
  • FBO Management Course

    By John Goglia - Monday April 22, 2013
    As you may remember, several months ago I asked for Ground Support Worldwide readers’ help in preparing an FBO management program . As president of the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association, I had heard over and over from our members of...
  • Is High Turnover On The Ramp Causing Simple Errors?

    By John Goglia - Tuesday April 9, 2013
    When I read reports of mistakes no novice should even make, I worry that high turnover is eroding safety margins on ramps and airports. The l atest incident that came to my attention took place in Ottawa, Canada, but could have taken place anywhere...
  • A Dangerous Reminder For GSE Operators Everywhere

    By John Goglia - Monday March 25, 2013
    Reading about the driverless van incident at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport reminds me of how much we can learn from each other’s mistakes and, hopefully, keep from making them ourselves. According to Canadian news reports, the incident...