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Just-in-time fuelling on international airports

M2M solution for AFS Airfield Fuelling Vehicle via UMTS

Die AFS Aviation Fuel Services GmbH, Hamburg, assumes every step in the fuelling process for international airports. By using cellular routers by INSYS icom in their airfield fuelling vehicles short ground times are consequently ensured.

Added value for Aviation Fuel Services GmbH

  • Redundancy due to 2 SIM cards

  • Robust cellular routers for permanent use in vehicles

  • Easy configuration via web interface

  • Can be integrated in VPN services of the providers

AFS Aviation Fuel Services GmbH, Hamburg, assumes every step in the fuelling process for their customers and ensures short ground time consequently. Founded in 1986 as associated company by Lufthansa and BP, AFS is the leading service provider in Germany on the field of aircraft fuelling, fuel depot management and operational management today.

Fuelling aircraft on international airports is a logistical tour de force from the refinery to the aircraft. Moreover, it must be fuelled safely around the clock.

The ultramodern vehicle fleet that has been designed by AFS itself comprises 165 vehicles for kerosene and aviation fuel; more than half a million aircraft fillings with 6.14 million cubic metres have been performed only for kerosene in 2011. All vehicles are equipped with on-board computer, touch screen, printer, PLC and measuring system.

The fuel handling system (FHS) of the AFS associated company GlobeFuel models all processes from the refinery up to fuelling at more than 150 airports world-wide. Error-prone processes, like ‘completing fuel receipts’, are excluded with this.

FHS is connected with the ERP systems of the airlines and oil companies as well as the flight information display systems (FIDS) of the airports. This allows the AFS scheduler to ensure a fuelling to the minute also for delayed aircraft.