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Aerocare shortlisted for 2016 Ramp Safety Awards

For the second year running, Aerocare has been shortlisted for the Ground Handling International Ramp Safety Awards – The Far East, India and Australasia.

Aerocare’s Canberra operation is being recognised for the actions of a ramp employee whose situational awareness and quick reaction prevented the likely collision of two aircraft.

While pushing back an E190 aircraft, an Aerocare ramp agent and trainer Nathan Tarling noticed a light aircraft approaching from the western end of the taxiway.

When the aircraft continued to taxi behind the aircraft he was dispatching, Nathan immediately aborted the pushback, thereby avoiding a potentially more serious event.

After internal investigation, it was acknowledged that the Aerocare agent did in fact prevent a likely collision of two aircraft, with the light aircraft behind the E190 having been incorrectly given clearance by a tower operator.

Aerocare CEO Glenn Rutherford said: “Nathan’s awareness of the adverse situation unfolding and his resulting actions were a shining example to others. Congratulations to Nathan and the Canberra ramp team.”

Ground Handling International is a leading global aviation services magazine and their annual awards program recognises the best actions and responses in the safety field at airports around the world.

Aerocare is the largest ground handler within the Australian and New Zealand region, with more than 3,000 team members currently servicing 3,200 flights per week and 41,200 passengers per day.

For more information, please contact Michelle Priebe, Communications Manager, on +61 7 3107 1920 or

Pictured: Aerocare Commercial Director Gavin Lister presenting an Aerocare Safety Excellence Award to Nathan Tarling

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