Air BP announced its new airfield automation technology
14 June 2018
Air BP has announced the launch of its new airfield automation technology in a bid to enhance safety, reliability and compliance in airport fuelling operations. The company, which supplies aviation fuel products and services, has described the digital platform as an integrated, real-time, global solution that will help airports and operators improve safety barriers and lower risks during the fuelling process. Air BP said it is the first commercially deployed system to provide an engineering barrier capable of preventing mis-fuelling. The company is currently pursuing patent protection for the automated, end-to-end, paperless system. Air BP technical director, Kerry Rutherford, said: “Mis-fuelling is one of the biggest risks we face in our industry. The new Air BP airfield automation technology provides an engineering barrier to stop it happening. As aircraft engine technology advances and new unleaded fuel grades are introduced, we anticipate that it will become even more relevant in future.” The airfield automation technology is a cloud-based platform that combines data related to airport fuelling operations and works through an app, called ‘safe2go’, on a handled device in the fuelling vehicles. The app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks. It also registers customer details, which are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline, minimising any potential mis-keying errors. The launch comes after a two-year trial period carried out at nine airports in the UK, Cyprus and Portugal. Air BP plans to introduce the technology to its network during summer 2018, with the platform expected to be operational at around 350 locations by 2020.