Aircraft Ground Handling

Subash S Narayanan

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The book conveys in an easy-to-understand language the most complicated and critical knowledge and processes involved in aircraft ground handling. At the same time, the book gives an overview of the airport, the multitude of agencies operating or servicing the airport, basic or core aviation knowledge that is necessary for anyone interested in pursuing a career in this industry. The book also supports enthusiasts or professionals interested to gain collaborative understanding from related fields. This is due to the commonness of some processes and attitudes. It brings about the culmination of over 26 years of experience and qualification in various fields of the civil aviation industry. One of the most important and crucial of all airport functions is aircraft ground handling, which is performed by ground handling companies or agents (GHA). GHAs perform their functions under strict international/national regulations and requirements. The book brings out the most important sections of aircraft ground handling of the GHA, the functions and processes involved. It also entails the base knowledge and related factors required to perform the services to a customer airline. There are critical processes, highly skilled manpower requirements and specialised equipment that are involved within ground handling at an airport to ensure a safe, punctual, most efficient and economical operation. This book entails to cover as much as possible some of those critical functions. Although the technology/processes uses local rules and regulations, the airport structure may vary from one to another, region to another, but the basics remain an everlasting requirement. This book is bringing forth that knowledge and understanding to the reader, thus empowering him/her.

Subash S Narayanan

The author, although academically marketing qualified, is also qualified in four different areas of the vast aviation industry—namely ground handling, aviation security, air cargo logistics, and flight operations. The book is a culmination of over 26 years of in-depth professional service in this industry. The author’s airport handling experiences span several airports in the UAE, UK, India, and Sri Lanka under varying capacities and special projects. He has undertaken projects within UAE and international projects related to aviation, some for which he received international recognition from governments, airlines, and other authorities. The author had volunteered his expertise for humanitarian aid flights handling for an NGO at an airport. That was a reflection of his deep sense of responsibility towards other humans in need, using the knowledge he had gained from the aviation industry he admires and is a part of. He has vast airport handling agent experience with a multinational airport ground handling company and is currently part of a team in a major airline group.

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