Common theme to close calls between aircraft and GSE were operators rushing to either get a job done or rushing to juggle more than one assignment, usually requiring different equipment.
Managers I’ve spoken with have universally reported sales figures that are the rosiest in a long time.
The only way to insure the safety of your operation is to directly oversee how the increased activity is being handled by your employees, especially during peak times.
With more and more attention paid to the quality of drinking water, it’s critical for operators to properly and routinely clean and test their potable water trucks.
There is now some evidence from the fast food industry that even small hourly increases in wages and increased benefits can have a significant impact on reducing turnover.
Rookies might not realize temperatures on hot ramps can exceed the ambient air temperature by more than 10 degrees.
Initial reports point to the possible failure of the ground handling company to place chocks behind the aircraft wheels.
An unplanned for increase in traffic could clearly disrupt operations and cause untold headaches for everyone.
Moving aircraft too quickly is one of the most common causes of aircraft damage at general aviation airports, just as at air carrier ones.
The GTAA undertook a 90-day review of just what happened on five particularly cold days in January this year that wreaked havoc on its operations.
If working on the ramp is your life attending the annual premier ground equipment show in Las Vegas is a must.
Even if this particular aircraft disappearance does not end up involving ramp security, these are good questions to ask ourselves in reviewing our own ramp operations.
Grappling with the difficulty of attracting the attention of GSE operators during aircraft movement.
There is another argument for increasing worker pay – and that is that it improves the safety and efficiency of ramp operations.
The Vice President's comments also do not reflect some of the infrastructure improvements that have already taken place.
A daily log of the types of problems encountered can help with a big-picture review of winter operations once warmer temperatures arrive.
Worker killed by a lavatory waste truck he was guiding to an aircraft.
Baggage handlers and other ramp workers are a line of defense if we encourage them to note and report unusual activity.
An extra margin of time is just as important as an extra margin of safety.
No matter the size, all airports should re-check their emergency plans and look for vulnerabilities.
Money saved from under-staffing is more than made up for by the additional fuel burn.
Business flying is steadily making head way against some pretty punishing headwinds of the last few years.
One safety check frequently overlooked is the condition of tires on GSE, especially any equipment that operates in close proximity to aircraft.
I’ve had a number of people ask me why flight standards inspectors were furloughed and not airport inspectors.
Even a small mistake could have resulted in contact between the two aircraft and significant damage.
FAA Advisory Circular offers an excellent introduction to SMS.