A Word From GPLN: Newsletters Issue 87 / July – August 2022
Residents and travellers who were staying in Europe during summer were facing long-lasting and frequent heat waves, with some regions reaching as high as 45°C. These sweltering temperatures are a rather new problem for European airlines, as well as maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service providers as severe damage is being done to aircraft fuselages. The extreme heat has become the main culprit in damaging the surface paint of aircraft fuselages, resulting in potential safety risks and grounded aircraft. There have been various discussions around the role of exterior paints in the airworthiness aspect of the aircraft. While some manufacturers attribute chipping and cracking paints to the cosmetics and don’t necessarily see it as a risk, a number of carriers, on the other hand, treat it as that. As the high summer temperatures might be back around next year as well, airlines and MRO service providers in Europe have to start making decisions and implementing solutions in order to prevent any serious problems that can arise from the lifted exterior paints.
Drones could be the next transport revolution. One key area is already the medical industry, with Covid having shown how drones can provide support to remote areas. Pathology samples, blood for transfusions, time critical deliveries and medical supplies can all be transported in a reliable manner via drones. If medicine can only survive 30 minutes or one hour outside of a laboratory, drones can get to hospitals etc. within a short time. When it comes to potential limitations or safety concerns regarding how large a drone’s payload can be, that all comes down to the type of UAV and its design. There are drones that can travel long distances and are capable of carrying up to 300 kilos. But the use of such drones is obviously also depending on each country’s interest, safety issues and certification of this technology.
After the great success of our recent AGM in Rotterdam in May 2022, we are happy to announce that our next annual global conference will take place again at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam from June 3-5, 2023. Right after our AGM, on June 6, 2023, our renown Heavy Transport and Lifting Seminar will take place at the same venue which is also open for non-members. More details and delegate registration for both our AGM and Seminar are available on our dedicated websites.
Both GPLN events can be combined with Breakbulk Europe which follows from June 6-8, 2023 at Ahoy Convention Center Rotterdam. GPLN will exhibit at this event and has secured a prime location in the main hall with a 36 sqm booth which is the equivalent to 4 regular stands. GPLN members who wish to share our stand should contact us well in advance as space is limited.
As announced earlier, the GPLN team is exhibiting next year also at Breakbulk Middle East in Dubai from February 13-14, 2023 at Dubai World Trade Centre, together with several GPLN members.
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