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Editor's Note
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Ground Handling's Role in
Optimizing the Supply Chain
Efficiencies on the ground lead to on-time departures for
time-sensitive cargo shipments.
hether as a manufacturer or a consumer,
most of us have felt the effects of supply
chain disruptions. Throughout the last
two-plus years, air cargo has been highlighted
as an avenue to relieve supply chain bottlenecks. And
recently, government and business officials called attention
to the importance of a specific element of air cargo -
ground handling.
At the end of November, government officials from the
federal, state and local levels - including U.S. Transportation
Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) deputy administrator A. Bradley Mims - celebrated the
completion of a deicing pad project at Memphis International
Airport (MEM), where FedEx operates its largest air cargo
sorting facility.
The timing of this project's completion was notable as the
holiday shopping season - ripe with online orders - was well
underway, and the International Air Transport Association
(IATA) reported cargo demand in October had increased 3.5
percent over September's demand.
Throughout the dedication ceremony, leaders emphasized
the importance of cargo aircraft departing on time to facilitate
supply chain demands.
" We want to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation,
Federal Aviation Administration and Memphis International
Airport for their support of this new consolidated
deicing facility - an example of how to deploy technology to
improve operational efficiency, " Richard W. Smith, president
and CEO at FedEx Express, said during the dedication. " The
timing could not be better as FedEx enters the busy holiday
season. This facility is a shining example of how we can help
ensure our team members are safely operating throughout
the winter season as we deliver outstanding service for
our customers. "
According to information supplied by the FAA, which contributed
$174 million to the project, the 3.3 million square
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foot deicing pads at MEM are capable of deicing up to 12 widebody
cargo aircraft simultaneously.
To provide more environmentally friending operation, the
deicing pads use a segregated drainage system and large-volume
containers to collect deicing fluid after it is sprayed.
Additionally, the fluid's release is metered into the sanitary
sewer system, where it breaks down and helps sanitize city
wastewater, according to the FAA's release.
The deicing pads feature message boards that eliminate
the need for audio communication with pilots. The deicing
facility also includes taxiway lead-in lights to eliminate the
need for follow-me vehicles or marshallers as well as infrared
cameras to help position airplanes in the deicing bays.
" The FAA is in the safety business. But we are also in
the innovation business because constant innovation both
compels and enables new safety approaches. And we have
to pursue our mission with an inventive spirit and find new
sustainable ways to accomplish our goals, " said Mims. " These
new deicing pads do exactly that. "
Project advocates emphasized that deicing planes at a central
pad instead of the gate allows an aircraft to depart from
MEM sooner, reducing the possibility that aircraft would need
to be deiced again.
" Memphis International Airport is the biggest cargo airport
in the country, and this innovative aircraft deicing facility is
one of the many ways we're modernizing America's supply
chains, " said Buttigieg.
Whether discussing winter ops or other ground handling
tasks, gaining efficiencies is crucial. More efficient handling
frees up ground personnel to address other critical matters
and results in satisfied airline customers as they safely deliver
cargo and transport passengers on time.
Do you have an example of an airport project that
improved ground handling efficiency? I'd like to hear about it.
Reach out to I welcome your input on
the topic.


Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of december2022january2023

Editor's Note: Ground Handling's Role in Optimizing the Supply Chain
Business Buzz
Industry Expert Column: What Airports Need to Know about NFPA 407
How AeroVect is Preparing Autonomous GSE for Prime Time
High Standards for Safety
The Significance of Developing Safety Culture
Behind the Scenes of GSE Guidelines
A DP Indicator for Smaller Applications
Product Hangar
Celebrating 30 Years: Here's to the Next 30 Years
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december2022january2023 - 5
december2022january2023 - Editor's Note: Ground Handling's Role in Optimizing the Supply Chain
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december2022january2023 - Business Buzz
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december2022january2023 - Industry Expert Column: What Airports Need to Know about NFPA 407
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december2022january2023 - How AeroVect is Preparing Autonomous GSE for Prime Time
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december2022january2023 - High Standards for Safety
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december2022january2023 - The Significance of Developing Safety Culture
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december2022january2023 - Behind the Scenes of GSE Guidelines
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december2022january2023 - A DP Indicator for Smaller Applications
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december2022january2023 - Product Hangar
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december2022january2023 - Celebrating 30 Years: Here's to the Next 30 Years
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