New airport crash tender and baggage conveyor

Aerodrom Ljubljana is celebrating two major new acquisitions. A new rollertrack baggage conveyor/elevator will make life easier for ground handling personnel, while a new Rosenbauer Panther airport crash tender joins the fleet of the aircraft rescue and firefighting service.

The ground handling service at Ljubljana Airport has recently taken delivery of a high-tech electrically powered rollertrack baggage conveyor. The system consists of a belt conveyor manufactured by TIPS d.o.o. of Slovenia and a rollertrack extension developed by the Danish company Power Stow A/S. The system optimises the work process, making it easier for ground handling staff to load and unload baggage or cargo into or out of the aircraft's baggage compartment or cargo hold. The conveyer belt extension is automatically raised and lowered during operation to adapt to the changing height of the aircraft baggage compartment. This reduces the risk of back pain and injury for ground handling staff. The rollertrack conveyor is suitable for various types of aircraft since it can extend for up to 7.5 metres in the aircraft's baggage compartment. The system is fitted with an automatic counter to keep track of the number of items of baggage or cargo loaded or unloaded.

Aerodrom Ljubljana's aircraft rescue and firefighting service can also boast an important new acquisition: a Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 HRET airport crash tender. This highly capable vehicle is powered by a Volvo engine delivering 505 kW (705 hp). Three metres wide and almost 12 metres long, this six-wheel-drive vehicle has a top speed of 115 km/h, and despite weighing approximately 39 tonnes can stop safely with the help of disc brakes and ABS on all six wheels. 
For firefighting purposes it can carry 12,000 litres of water, 1,500 litres of foam and 250 kg of powdered extinguishing agent. It is fitted with a pump with an output of 6,000 litres per minute, a high-reach extendable turret (HRET) with a skin-penetrating nozzle capable of piercing the aircraft fuselage in order to extinguish internal fires. It also has a bumper-mounted front turret with an output of 1,500 litres per minute and two lateral high-pressure hose reels (40 bar). The vehicle's capabilities are further enhanced by other equipment such as three sets of breathing apparatus, hydraulic cutters and spreaders, a LED light mast, a motor saw, IR thermal imaging cameras on the roof of the vehicle and on the extendable turret, a reversing camera, etc. A simulator for work with the HRET (computer, software, turret control joysticks), designed to facilitate and improve crew training, was supplied with the vehicle.
Statistics show that flying is the safest form of transport. Although the likelihood of an accident involving an aircraft at the airport is small, a degree of risk is nevertheless always present. The airport therefore has to have an aircraft rescue and firefighting service, whose main role is to save lives in the case of an accident or other disaster. In order to do this it needs effective equipment in perfect working order and well-trained personnel. The new Panther modernises and increases the reliability and effectiveness of the ARFF vehicle fleet at the airport – where it joins the existing Panther 8x8, Actros, Falcon and Faun vehicles. This significant improvement in the airport's rescue capabilities in the case of accidents increases the safety of passengers, staff and other airport users.

Brnik, 23. 4. 2014