15 Jul 2015
New special equipment at Almaty airport.
For the execution of the program "Improvement of the quality of service of passengers, cargo and baggage", “Almaty International Airport” JSC has made the purchase of modern equipment. In the first half of the current year, the airport has bought the airport bus of the German firm Neoplan Airliner, model N 9122L which is capable to transport to 136 passengers for trip. Such capacity is reached by folding and reduction of seats to a minimum. The bus has high comfort and excellent noise isolation. This modification in its category is the largest: overall dimensions 14720/2750/3000 cm; wheelbase 8210 mm; the ground clearance of 1200 mm; power 162/220 kW/HP; maximum speed of 125 km/h.
Also was acquired the aviation towbarless electric tractor AP-8850-SDA of the American firm LEKTRO which is intended for towing of various types of aircraft of business and regional aviation weighing up to 50 tons, in particular: Embraer E-135, Embraer EMB-120, CL-60, Gulfstream G-4, G-5, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-100/200, Bombardier BD-70, and others.
The tow tractor can maneuver in closed and open areas due to the absence in the design of the tow-bars. Instead of the lever for towing of aircraft (tow bar) there is a special platform at the tractor into which drives the nose landing gear of aircraft by means of the winch mechanism. It functions thanks to two powerful batteries. The charge of energy of accumulators lasts not less than for 12 hours of continuous hard work. This model is the latest generation of tow tractor with a maximum lifting capacity of 54.5 tonnes of total weight of the aircraft, created using all the modern functionalities. Total weight of the towing tractor is 4.1 tons, including the weight of battery and charger.
In June 2015, in order to ensure flight safety and preparation for Period of Winter Navigation acquired 2 units of airfield carts ATT-2M is intended for the measurement of the friction Mu-factor (artificial runway).
The specialist of OOO “StroiAviaServis” Sakharovov V. M. carried out the adjusting of the equipment and tested. Very important advantages of the equipment are: the possibility to print the data of the Protocol of the friction Mu-factor’s measurement; the presence of the memory card for the Protocol of the friction Mu-factor’s measurement; file transfer through the flash memory on the computer; archiving of the Protocol of the friction Mu-factor’s measurement.
At the same time, for ornithological safety of flights in the airfield area was bought the gas gun bird scarers in the amount of 4 units, intended to scare away birds and wildlife. The technique of Turkish production was fully investigated by engineers-ornithologists, and also was made the instruction on safety measures and labour protection.
The gas gun bird scarers are placed in the most frequent sites of congestions of birds. However, in order to prevent “adaptation” birds to the shots, the locations of the gas gun bird scarers periodically are changed. The software allows exposing an interval of shots with a frequency from 5 to 30 minutes.
For the first half of 2015 collisions of aircraft with birds were not recorded, especially in the period of spring migration flocks. In spite the fact that the airfield service of Almaty Airport annually conducts a series of comprehensive measures to prevent collisions, in the period of 2013-14 at the territory of the airport there were 6 aircraft collisions with birds. Installation and operation of the new equipment will allow fully comply with all measures for safety of flights around airfield according to “Guidelines for airport services”, ICAO Doc 9137-AN/898 part 3 that will reduce the attractiveness of the airport for various species of birds. The main directions of this work consist of several factors, particularly the availability of acreage in the airport area, condition of grass cover on unpaved areas of the airport, the availability of convenient for nesting trees, and other conditions.