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  • A Club Of Our Own

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday August 14, 2012
    I’ve been with Ground Support Worldwide for one full year now. One aspect of this job I found different from other editorial posts I’ve held is the lack of a bona-fide trade association for the ground support industry. Most readers of B2B...
  • The Need For ...

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday August 7, 2012
    The Need For Green GSE The percentage of green GSE in any one handler’s fleet remains low if only for the simple reason that new equipment – green or not – comes with a big price tag. The industry’s default has always been to maintain...
  • The Right Equipment

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 31, 2012
    We’re wrapping up our 2012-2013  Worldwide Directory issue this week. This year’s edition includes 26 pages of GSE manufacturers and service providers, plus a handy cross index that runs the alphabet from “Air Starts” to “Vehicle Lifts...
  • A Billion Here … A Billion There …

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 24, 2012
    Airlines “earned” $22.6 billion last year charging for what used to be free, according to the latest research by IdeaWorksCompany and Amadeus. “Ancillary” typically means “in addition to,” but Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks – no...
  • What Are You Doing To Pay It Forward?

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 17, 2012
    An AP story last week raised safety concerns over the forecasted shortage of qualified pilots to take the controls of expanding fleets around the world. Boeing expects commercial airlines will need about 460,000 new pilots between now and 2031. In the...
  • Innovations On The Ground

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 10, 2012
    As luck would have it, three stories came our way more or less at the same time touting alternative ways to move planes from gate to runway and other points between. All are different, in particular the TaxiBot system that we got a first-hand look at...
  • ‘Ice-Phobic’ Coating

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 3, 2012
    Considering most of us are cooking in temperatures reaching into the 100s, de-icing might not be on many of our minds. But we picked up some interesting posts from the Aircraft De-icing/Anti-icing LinkedIn Group after posting the news last week...
  • Get A Load Of This Picture

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 26, 2012
    Southwest Airlines has always prided itself on its upbeat, go-the-extra-mile workforce. For us, look no further than the precise turns its ground support staff have done since the first day the airline flew its intrastate routes in Texas more than 40...
  • When Even Good News Is Bad

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 19, 2012
    If every cloud has a silver lining, please blow some our way. Even good news seems to bring more bad for the airline industry. First, the good news: Fuel prices are down some 8 percent to date this year. Now, the bad news: Prices are down as a...
  • Another Book Report On China

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 12, 2012
    I didn’t expect to write back-to-back blogs on the same subject, but more news keeps trumpeting China’s aviation ambitions that it’s hard to set it aside even for a week. This week, Li Jiaxiang, chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of...