GSE Buyers & Ramp-Ops Conference
14th-16th April 2014, Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
Registration and Welcome reception on 14th April at 19.00
EVA International’s fourth GSE Buyers & Ramps Ops Conference, one of the three held as part of the spread of three partner conferences at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel earlier this month, attracted its usual wide range of informative speakers.
Subject matter experts including Nick Watts of Heathrow Airport, Adrian Dunne of Ryanair, Paul Drever and John Edmunds of handlers Menzies and dnata offered their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing GSE buyers and all the various agencies active on the ramp at airports around the world.
Topics were as varied as the possibilities offered by ground support equipment pooling, the merits of GSE leasing as opposed to ownership, aircraft de-icing, the need for airports to do more to support their GSE users, the impact of pressure to minimise the aviation industry’s environmental impact on those equipment users and manufacturers, the value of busing from remote airport stands, and the need for careful inspections on GSE to ensure that it is maintained in a safe condition.
With some of the other speakers from as far afield as Nigeria (Kehinde Abioye of Nahco Aviance), the US (Jeff Walsh from Global Ground Support), Germany (Alexander Stern of Lufthansa LEOS), Romania (Nicolae Rudei from Romanian Airport Services), Belgium (Gerd van Damme of TCR), France (Sebastien Hoyos of Charlatte Manutention) and Sweden (Paul Synott of Aviator), there was no shortage of views – some controversial, all thought-provoking – from around the world.
Of course, the UK’s role was not forgotten, with Manchester Aiport’s Andy Willis, Clariant’s Nigel Westlake, CSA Financial’s Graeme Laing and Airside Airport Equipment Thorough Examination’s Chas Day also contributing to what was two days of informative presentations, penetrative questioning and open-forum discussion, all of it under the careful stewardship of Conference chairman Robert Powell of local flag-carrier Aer Lingus.
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- Venue Information
With consummate high-tech convenience, our room amenities include multi-line speakerphones with voicemail, a data port for high-speed Internet access, international satellite television and a DVD/CD player in every room.
- The Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
Limited rooms available at the reduced rate of €160 per night (including breakfast). Please book when registering or e-mail Bhavi@evaint.com