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push-back process for departing aircraft, together with communications supplier AirRadio. Equipped with 20 wireless headsets and aircraft dongles, Menzies is now able to handle all its fl ights at Gatwick hands-free. Programming of the equipment has been led by AirRadio’s operations

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t London Gatwick Airport, ground handling company Menzies Aviation has been participating in a project to create a hands-free

A new airport for the German capital – currently the largest airport project in Europe (photo Günter Wicker/Berlin Airports)

Tetrapol connections A

s part of a major expansion of Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, which next year will become the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy

Brandt, Cassidian is to extend a Tetrapol digital radio network on the site. Tetrapol is a digital technology developed initially for police in France. This extension of the existing system to cover the airport’s outside

premises involves adapting the Tetrapol infrastructure, including its digital switching system and synchronized base stations. The radio network will be connected to the airport’s new security control centre. A new indoor radio system will serve the newly-constructed

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passenger terminal and other buildings such as the fi re station, the tower and ground handling service facilities. Besides connecting with the airport’s existing Tetrapol base stations, the system will also be integrated with the BOS digital radio system, the national Tetra-based network of Germany’s public safety and emergency organizations.

team at Gatwick, and training of users was completed in September. AirRadio will now deal with any faults and will provide a replacement service to ensure that there is no interruption to Menzies’ operations should equipment damage occur. T e CT-DECT headsets, from

CeoTronics, provide full-duplex communication between vehicle operators and those working on the ground around the aircraft. Operatives can communicate without having to press buttons and there is no need for loudspeaker systems or open microphones on the ramp. T ere is also no cabling: cables are frequently broken or damaged by vehicle or aircraft movements. Tim Willett, general manager

for Menzies Aviation at Gatwick, commented: “I am pleased to say that in these early days we have noticed immediate benefi ts to our operation.”

Wireless headsets by CeoTronics are being used at London Gatwick to create a hands-free pushback process

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