In our first part about airport specials we introduced a specially modified Octavia ASFT, which measures braking performance at Pardubice Airport’s runway. Runway is ready, but technicians have to take care of aircraft and passengers’ comfort.
It seems simple, the plane lands on the runway of the Pardubice Airport, the passengers disembark, embark and after that, it is possible to fly into the dream distances. But before departure the plane must undergo some special preparations. So called Marshaller carries out a visual inspection of the aircraft to determine whether there were no conflicts with birds or other external damage to the machine. The plane is cleaned up and a handling staff comes to the scene. They oversee the dispatch of aircraft and determine what services are required by the crew. The aircraft is to be loaded and deployed with passenger’s baggage; at the Pardubice Airport there are two baggage loaders. It is also necessary to refill the water tank with supply water and empty on-board toilets. This is the time for cabin service vehicle; the tank can hold up to 700 litres of water and up to 1,400 litres of waste.
The universal drawbar is an integral part of airport technology, which each airport must be equipped with. Everyone can imagine the classic drawbar, which helps to pull, for example, ultralight aircrafts. Our universal drawbar, however, allows to pull such giants, such as Boeing 737 or Airbus 320. Usually, the airport has it in reserve for emergencies. It was used, for example, several years ago, when the plane overruned a runway.
The real giant is a fuel cistern with pressure system for refuelling. It measures over 20 meters in length and has a capacity of 33,000 litres, which is about 27 tons of aviation fuel (JET A1). Comparing it with an aircraft, the Schwarzmüller truck with the semi-trailer Mercedes Acrtos is just a wren; the staff must use the platform while refuelling an Airbus.