GHI Amsterdam a big success for dBD Communications

Last week’s 23rd Annual Ground Handling International (GHI) conference in Amsterdam was one of the busiest yet, as 800 people walked through the doors to discover the latest innovations in ground handling.

We’ve got to say, there was considerable interest in how our wireless systems can improve ground handling safety, quicken turnaround times, reduce the risk of aircraft collision, and vastly improve pushback-to-cockpit communications.

Altogether, we held 50 one-to-one meetings with delegates to discuss, in detail, how our wireless communications solutions help pushback, wing walking and de-icing teams to communicate far more effectively.

Exploring pushback and de-icing solutions

dBD Communications’ Managing Director, David O’Connell (pictured below), shared how pushback operatives can be wirelessly connected with wing walking teams to create a communication loop to help quicken turnaround times.

He also discussed the benefits of our new De-Icing Pad solution that enables all de-icers and de-icing vehicle drivers to communicate wirelessly with one another around an aircraft.

Commenting on the success of the event, David O’Connell said:

“It was a great turnout at GHI Amsterdam. Physically bringing people together at GHI allows us to meet with the right people and have a detailed conversation about how, together, we can solve ground handling communication issues. Ultimately, everyone in the room was there to help improve the aviation industry and it was great to see the industry thriving.”

Event highlights

GHI did not disappoint with its line-up of speakers involved in the Big Debate. Topics included: Chaos at the airport – How does aviation fix the capacity crunch?; Embracing the age of autonomous vehicles; Skills shortages and the financial outlook; gender equality in aviation; and where Asia is on the Covid recovery path.

As always, there was a lot to explore at the event. With the return of the Cargo Zone, the conference added a variety of content and learning opportunities from handlers and solutions providers.

Rounding off the event, there was a superb delegate dinner featuring the Pride of Ground Handling Awards ceremony and a soulful saxophonist carving up the dance floor.

A big thank you 

An incredible amount of planning goes into running each GHI event, which this year was also supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT). As a key supplier to the aviation industry, we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved.

Looking forward to GHI Asia

We cannot wait for GHI Asia at Le Meridien Hotel & Conference Centre in Dubai, which runs from 21st to 23rd February 2023. David has been invited as a guest-speaker on ground handling communications and will also participate in the Big Debate as a discussion panellist.

If you want to know where to find us, we’ll be on stand number E05. We look forward to seeing you there!

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