STW provides systems for the avoidance and documentation of collisions

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In its latest version from 01.07.2018, the IATA Airport Handling Manual (AHM) specifies measures for the prevention and documentation of damaging contact with aircraft fuselage for newly-manufactured Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and, as of 01.01.2020, for GSE already in use on the airport apron. These measures are comprehensive and require the implementation of new systems, which put the operators of vehicles in a position to react in compliance with the AHM. Here, the focus of the new systems is placed on the avoidance of contact with aircraft fuselages and the documentation of such contacts.

The main challenge is the consideration of several components: The distances from the aircraft, the actions and reactions of the operator depending on the distance, and the automatic reactions of the vehicle. The graphic presentation of these interrelationships developed by Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH (STW) facilitates an intuitive understanding of the comprehensive measures in the AHM, and is available via the link embedded in the QR code in the form of a poster download.

An understanding of this subject is extremely important for the implementation of the appropriate functionalities on the GSE: Depending on the distance of the vehicle in comparison to the aircraft, changes in speed down to a standstill must be realized. This makes the utilization of additional sensors necessary. The required functionalities also necessitate equipment which determines the contact with the aircraft fuselage, which conducts documentation of this process and, if applicable, triggers an evaluation by the appropriate entity through a Service Technician.

STW is to present such a system for the avoidance of collisions and collision documentation at the inter airport Europe 2017. At Booth 930 in Hall 5, STW will show in a live demonstration how Ground Support Equipment can in future avoid collisions; how vehicles can become AHM-compliant and how the inspection of possible damaged areas can be implemented more quickly and reliably. In addition, the utilization of cloud services generates added value for the individual vehicles and the entire vehicle fleet.
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