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New research shows rapid growth in electric aircraft


The use of electric power to help reduce the emissions of commercial aircraft is increasing rapidly according to research. The research by IDTechEx says that this


year will see the introduction of airliners that have electric nose-wheels making them operate as electric vehicles when on the ground. It also predicts that high energy density supercapacitors will commonly be used across batteries in aircraft to increase range, for fast charge-discharge and safety - instead of batteries in hybrids. It also says that most small long range propeller aircraft and some helicopters will be hybrid electric by 2024. Interesting new aircraft from Norway,


Slovenia and many other countries are examined in the research together with potentially key components from Estonia to Japan and the US.


BEUMER acquires Glidepath to strengthen position in US market


BEUMER Corporation which supplies Crisplant baggage handling systems to airports, has acquired a majority interest in Glidepath LLC, a designer, manufac- turer, and integrator of airport baggage handling systems.


Glidepath LLC is based in Dallas, Texas,


and was previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Glidepath Limited, based in New Zealand. Glidepath LLC will become part of BEUMER Corporation’s Airports Segment in the United States, Mexico, and the Bahamas. As a result of the ac- quisition Glidepath will trade as BEUMER Glidepath.


Glidepath has operated in the North American market for more than 30 years and has completed over 160 airport bag- gage handling projects since 1983 .“We foresee tremendously positive outcomes for the market by bringing BEUMER Corporation and Glidepath LLC together,” said Dr. Thomas Dalstein, President and CEO of BEUMER Corporation.


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Gatwick installs new access control system


Gatwick Airport is deploying a new access control system to tighten security control at 150 points across the site. Approximately 400 keys and 150 locks


were installed, in addition to 10 wall- mounted remote programming devices and four desktop programming devices. The initial IT system implementation took just two days, with Gatwick subsequently coordinating the installation of the locks and keys. The CLIQ system saves time compared to the previous mechanical systems because it eliminates the need to travel from ‘airside’ to ‘landside’ to pick up keys. Another advantage is traceability, as there is an audit trail that can be followed for gates, to monitor and confirm contractor usage.


Mark Billyard, Engineering Manager at London Gatwick said: “The system helps us to efficiently provide temporary access to facility areas, reducing the risk of lost keys as well as eliminating wasted contractor time on site. It is vital for Gatwick Airport staff to know who has access to doors across the site. The CLIQ system allows for the monitoring of who uses these keys.” The remote programmable keys can be


set to a weekly schedule containing up to 50 time periods that are lock specific where necessary and even require daily validation. The keys can even collect up to 1800 of the most recent pieces of audit information. The wall-mounted remote programming devices utilise existing ethernet connection to send and receive key changes .


New baggage handling system for Paris-Orly airport by 2015


ALSTEF has been awarded the contract for the new Baggage Handling System at Paris- Orly West airport. This project is designed to optimise the Baggage Sorting System at the Departures level in Hall 1, by integrating an automatic sorting carousel to distribute the bags to three departure carousels. According to the company the new system


will offer a number of improvements including the special positioning of the control machines for maximum accessibility and the use of a discontinuous elevator for extra space. To take account of the constraints of an


existing operational facility, this project will be implemented in three phases, the first in mid-June this year, and the last in the middle of May 2015.


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