Air BP launches airfield automation digital technology to prevent misfueling in Africa


Air BP has reinforced its commitment to Africa and highlighted the roll-out of its new airfield automation digital technology recently installed at nine locations across South Africa and Mozambique. The announcement comes ahead of the fourth Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda, where the company is as sponsor and exhibitor.

The cloud-based platform is designed to prevent misfueling by enhancing safety, reliability and compliance in airport fueling operations, as well as to provide data in real time to airline customers. It aims to strengthens safety barriers and mitigates risks during the fueling process. It is the first commercially deployed system in the world to provide an engineering barrier to actively help prevent misfueling.

The platform consolidates the data related to airport fueling operations and works via an app on a handheld device in the fuelling vehicles. The ‘safe2go’ app captures fuel volume readings and provides fuel grade checks to add an additional misfueling barrier. It then electronically captures customer details that are confirmed with an electronic signature from the pilot or airline. By using this automated, end-to-end, paperless system, accuracy is enhanced and any potential mis-keying errors minimized.

Aside from the enhanced safety barriers, aircraft operators will also benefit from faster, more comprehensive and more accurate fueling and delivery data. The cloud-based technology will enable Air BP to offer increasingly integrated information to customers, such as delivery records and precise delivery timings.

Anthony Leon, general manager, Southern Africa, Air BP, said, “Africa is an important market for us and we plan to continue to grow our business here. We are pleased to have successfully installed airfield automation in Mozambique and South Africa. Misfueling is one of the biggest risks we face in our industry and in particular at locations serving general aviation aircraft. Our new technology provides an engineering barrier to stop it happening, which is good news all round.”

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