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SAS Confirms Involvement with ‘ALBATROSS’ Project

ALBATROSS is an initiative of major European aviation stakeholders who wish to demonstrate how the technical and operational innovations delivered by SESAR, (the mechanism which coordinates and concentrates all EU research and development), can further reduce the environmental footprint of aviation towards a more sustainable mode of transportation.

The project will examine how a resulting and adapted concept of operation could be permanently integrated into network operations to demonstrate the potential to minimise the environmental impact of aviation.

Smart Airport Systems is proud to have been asked to contribute to this important aviation and environmental program alongside these prominant stakeholders and wishes it every success.

Further updates to follow, but for now you can read more here –…/albatross-most-energy…

TaxiBot Features in Latest Solar Impulse Video

Check out the latest video from Solar Impulse Foundation showcasing our remarkable TaxiBot hybrid taxiing solution.

Our thanks and appreciation for the continued support to Air FranceSOLAR IMPULSE and of course the Royal Schiphol Group.

Click the image below to be taken to our LinkedIn site, and view the video.

Schiphol Tests Self-Driving Baggage Tractor


Schiphol has started a trial with an autonomous baggage tractor that will take baggage to the aircraft on the apron. The aim of the trial is to discover whether this technology is safe and efficient and how self-driving vehicles can be integrated with other traffic at the airport. The trial, which will last until the end of the month, is being carried out in collaboration with KLM Ground Services and Smart Airport Systems. 

The trial will start in a defined area in which the baggage process is simulated. In the second phase, the trial will be continued in an operational environment to bring baggage to the aircraft. The self-driving vehicle will be loaded in the baggage area, after which it will navigate to an aircraft stand via a fixed route. During all the trials with the baggage tractor, there will be a safety operator in the autonomous vehicle to stop the vehicle if necessary. The self-driving vehicle was made by ground-handling equipment supplier TLD, with EasyMile supplying the autonomous software. 

Autonomous Airside Operations  

Royal Schiphol Group anticipates that by 2050, the daily operations on the apron at the airports will have changed significantly. The ground-based airport activities (e.g. baggage transport, passenger transport and aircraft towing) will not only be clean, but also smart and autonomous. The aim is ultimately to replace all vehicles on airside with an interconnected fleet of self-driving, emission-free vehicles, in order to guarantee and improve quality in the long term. 

Image reproduced with kind permission of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
SAS Confirmed as ‘Associate Sponsor’ at Smart Airports APAC 2020 Seminar

Airlines, airports and their air transport sector partners continue to plot the industry’s recovery – making it vital to combat uncertainty and take steps to prepare for the new reality.

This series of virtual roundtable sessions and mutually matched one-to-one meetings ensure that interactions between primary decision makers of top and emerging companies are intimate and insightful.

Smart Airport Systems is pleased to announce its involvement at this important industry seminar and would like to extend an invitation to join us.

Register here to be part of the recovery solution –


SAS Participate in ICAO Aviation Emission Reduction Seminar

The ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organization are presenting their Stocktaking Seminar on aviation in-sector CO2 emissions reductions, and will be held virtually from 8th-11th September 2020.

The 2020 ICAO Stocktaking Seminar will consider innovative solutions to unlock current and future CO2 aviation emissions reduction potentials. It will cover three areas for in-sector reductions:
Sustainable Aviation Fuels 

Additionally, it will expand the scope of the stocktaking process by covering in-sector emissions reduction opportunities from aircraft technology improvements, innovations and operational improvements.

Smart Airport Systems will be contributing to the seminar with a presentation on our sustainable aviation solutions designed to reduce noise and air pollution whilst increasing operational efficiencies.

‘TractEasy’ Wins 2020 IFOY Award

Monday 15th July saw ‘TractEasy’ win the IFOY ‘AGV & Intralogistics Robot’ award. 

The mission of the IFOY AWARD is to identify and recognise the year’s best intralogistic equipment and intralogistics solutions.

‘TractEasy’, a collaboration between TLD / Smart Airport Systems / EasyMile, is a driverless tow-tractor that not only facilitates a significant increase in productivity, efficiency, labour and maintenance savings but also allows enhanced safety and process compliances.

The TractEasy® mission is to move cargo in an autonomous manner, under the supervision of dedicated fleet manager software, from terminal to terminal, or terminal to aircraft.

Well done to all those involved in this latest victory for electric GSE and the airport environment – a true win/win!

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Announce Sustainable Taxiing Trials with ‘TaxiBot’

Today Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Smart Airport Systems announce it’s trial for sustainable taxiing at Schiphol airport in cooperation with the partners Air Traffic Control Netherlands (LVNL), the Ministry of I&W, Corendon Dutch Airlines, KLM, Transavia, EasyJet and handlers Dnata and KLM Ground Services.

The technology behind this trial, the TaxiBot, is provided by Smart Airport Systems (SAS), a sister company to the prominent designer and manufacturer of airport ground support equipment TLD and IAI (Israël Aerospace Industry).

The SAS mission is to provide innovative sustainable solutions for airlines and airports to help them reduce CO2 and NOx emissions, generate fuel savings, and increase the operational efficiencies at airports. For this SAS has developed several solutions that are
available today and bring significant emission reduction.

Maxime Mahieu, CEO of Smart Airport Systems commented: “We are extremely pleased with this test of sustainable taxiing in cooperation with one of the world’s most innovative airports. We are impressed by Schiphol’s motivation which reflects in quality of the partnership they have created. All key stakeholders are aligned to show that SAS existing solutions can bring significant environmental improvements today”.

Hassan Charaf, Head of Innovation at the Royal Schiphol Group, commented:
“This study fits with our ambition to be the most sustainable airport in the world. I am proud that together with our partners we are exploring what sustainable taxiing at Schiphol can mean”.

The TaxiBot trial is part of an on-going feasibility study on sustainable taxiing at Schiphol Airport. Additional criteria will include how sustainable taxiing can be incorporated into daily operations, whether it can be achieved extensively across the airport and implementation timescales.

The ’TaxiBot’ is a semi-robotic tow vehicle developed by TLD and IAI, fully controlled by the Aircraft pilot when it tows the aircraft from terminal to runway, and back, without the use of the aircrafts engines. 

The hybrid TaxiBot is powered by a combination of electric and diesel engines that allow it to consume 95% less fuel during taxiing than the more commonly used aircraft engines. The TaxiBot is already in operation in India in both Delhi and Bangalore airports.

At Schiphol Airport aircraft engines are used on average 14 minutes to taxi departing aircraft and 9 minutes for arriving aircraft.

As aircraft engines still require spooling to their optimum operating temperature prior to take off, the saving brought by the TaxiBot are estimated to be between 50% and 85% of the average fuel consumption normally associated with the taxiing mission.

There are also a number additional benefits including – a reduction in noise pollution, CO2 and NOx emissions and foreign object debris whilst also delivering huge environmental advantages.

TaxiBot is also recognized, since February 2020, as an official partner of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution program, a certification that applies to products, processes and services which combine economic profitability and environmental sustainability.

The trial is set to run until the end of June after which the study will conclude in Autumn 2020.

Watch the video here –

‘TractEasy’ Deployed at Narita International Airport with JAL

In cooperation with JCAB (Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau) and NAA (Narita International Airport Corporation), Japan Airlines (JAL) invited the country’s press to witness the implementation of POC (proof of concept) with TLD ‘TractEasy’ autonomous baggage tractor provided by Smart Airport Systems (SAS). 

SAS is the first company to deploy a driverless ready solution into a live airport environment to perform real baggage transfer assignments.

The AV will operate at Level 3 and Level 4 under the supervision of JAL operator. JAL will use the TractEasy on 3 missions, originating from Terminal 2, to transfer customers baggage’s from sorting area to the aircraft stand.

The original article is available to download here –