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Genesis by Necessity
INNOVATION IN aviation is probably
the most overlooked aspect of the
pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic hammered the
aviation industry. Passengers are down, airlines are
struggling and tens of thousands lost their jobs.
Yet the system continues. People adjust for the
conditions, they look at the options presented as
solutions and they move forward. This unstoppable
force pushing the industry forward during its worst
crisis ever shows a resilience that makes me extremely
optimistic for the post-COVID future.
Companies were quick to adopt modifications
to meet the new reality and those on the horizon
like biometrics have sped up deployment tenfold.
No one has developed solutions to meet COVID,
they're using what they have to push past COVID.
ATS Worldwide is an example of one of these
innovators. Founded in 2016 by Stan Malicki and
Vince Howie, the company developed an electric
system to tow aircraft from the gate to the runway
without the need for diesel tugs or aircraft engines
to push planes forward.
Howie tells me the company is set to put a test
system online at Ardmore Municipal Airport in 2021
that will bring this concept to reality.
The idea predates the pandemic, but the ATS
system could be a crucial tool in the post-pandemic

world. Airlines have shed about 30,000 jobs since
the pandemic began and most of those are never
coming back. A system like this gives total control
of aircraft ground movement to the tower while
giving the airport a piece of infrastructure that can
optimize airside movement.
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration will pay
a lot more attention to air pollution and reducing
emissions, so ATS is becoming a reality at a time the
industry will need them most. Major airports with
multiple runways miles from the terminal would
offer a way for aircraft to taxi to and from the runway
without burning fuel the entire time.
One airline even told Howie it would allow them
to cut the number of people it needs to move a plane
into its MRO hangar from six to two.
ATS is just one example of the many building
innovative products to change operations, but it's a
great example of how just one company could have
such a profound impact.
We're all sick about hearing about
the " new normal " and what it means
for airport operations, but I think it's
better to think about the future as an
opportunity and not a necessity. It's
not often you have a once in a lifetime
event to blow up the old system and
allow you the freedom for change.

Have a story to tell?
Coming up in the
March/April issue
Cover Story: The Future of Travel
Airports: Buildings and Facilities Cleaning Technology
FBO Feature: Ramp Management
Special Feature: E-military
Product Focus: Airfield Maintenance

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of januaryfebruary2021

Inside the Fence: Genesis by Necessity
Industry Update
How General Aviation is Helping Support Commercial Aviation and Prop Up Tourism in Specific Markets, Amid COVID-19 Resurgences
Pioneering PCAs in Salt Lake City
FBOs in a Post-Pandemic World
Clearing the Air on HVAC
Totally Boggus: Catch the Plane!
Legal Matters: Is Your Airport Leasehold Taxable?
A Clean and Clear Future
Passenger Experience in the Time of COVID-19
Don't Leave Hygiene Up in the Air
Airport Guru: Airport Development 101: Will an Investment be Profitable?
Product Profile: Stress Test
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januaryfebruary2021 - Inside the Fence: Genesis by Necessity
januaryfebruary2021 - Industry Update
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januaryfebruary2021 - How General Aviation is Helping Support Commercial Aviation and Prop Up Tourism in Specific Markets, Amid COVID-19 Resurgences
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januaryfebruary2021 - Pioneering PCAs in Salt Lake City
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januaryfebruary2021 - FBOs in a Post-Pandemic World
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januaryfebruary2021 - Clearing the Air on HVAC
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januaryfebruary2021 - Totally Boggus: Catch the Plane!
januaryfebruary2021 - Legal Matters: Is Your Airport Leasehold Taxable?
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januaryfebruary2021 - A Clean and Clear Future
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januaryfebruary2021 - Passenger Experience in the Time of COVID-19
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januaryfebruary2021 - Don't Leave Hygiene Up in the Air
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januaryfebruary2021 - Airport Guru: Airport Development 101: Will an Investment be Profitable?
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januaryfebruary2021 - Product Profile: Stress Test
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