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Welcome to Glidepath's May Newsletter. We have a "suitcase" packed full of interesting things to inform and tell you about.


Glidepath's Continued Success in Canada
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport CATSA Upgrade
Letter from the Chairman
Hold Baggage Screening - The Challenges of Now and the Future
Baggage Screening Focus - Sakskatoon CATSA HBS Project Canada
Glidepath Scoops Top Awards at Westpac Business Awards
Glidepath Continues Expansion in India & Asia
Human Intrusion Detection Installed at Toronto
Profile: Tristan Last - Glidepath Group Sales Manager
Upcoming Exhibitions


Glidepath has quickly become a preferred CATSA Hold Baggage Screening integrator (HBS) as Canada moves into the final stage of its CATSA-funded HBS Recapitalization Program. Glidepath has secured six CATSA HBS recapitalisation projects in the past four months at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, London Airport, Hamilton Airport, Windsor Airport, Winnipeg Airport, and Yellowknife Airport. This is in addition to the Saskatoon CATSA project, already underway, and the five CATSA projects Glidepath has already completed at Prince George, Regina, Victoria, Kelowna, and Toronto Pearson Airports. The experience Glidepath gained completing the earlier projects has made Glidepath a trusted and experienced choice for securing these additional works. In addition, Glidepath is also working on BHS-enabling works at Toronto Pearson Airport, and installation of our innovative Human Intrusion System to monitor human intrusion into the BHS system.

Our presence in the Canadian region dates back to 2001, when we were awarded the contract for developing the baggage system for Terminal 3 at Toronto Pearson. From there, the business has progressively grown to a point where Glidepath's Canadian branch now employs over 25 full-time staff. As it currently stands, Glidepath has implemented over 70 projects across 23 airports in Canada alone (and over 900 projects worldwide).
A key factor in our success as a leading hold baggage screening system integrator has been our ability to fully understand and implement CATSA HBS Explosive Detection System guidelines. 


Glidepath has been awarded a contract with The Ports of Toronto to upgrade the Toronto City Airport Baggage Handling System (BHS), in line with nationwide CATSA Recapitalization Projects. The design-build contract will include significant modifications to the airport's existing BHS, involving the integration of two new CTX screening machines and the re-configuration of the current level 3 reconciliation room.

The works will also cover all the modifications to the existing building services and masonry works within the existing bag hall. Glidepath will also be implementing its proprietary GlideView product for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Glidepath Canada's General Manager Hamish Smith stated, “Securing this CATSA Recapitalisation project helps cement Glidepath's continued presence here in Ontario and across Canada. We have a large established team of highly skilled engineers and project managers who are all very familiar with the CATSA processes and guidelines, therefore, this really does provide a perfect platform to enable our team to deliver a project of this complexity. Through our projects, we aim to build longstanding relationships with our customers and to be available to assist them with any baggage handling requirements, from consultancy and design through to delivery and after sales support.”


Developments in Canada and the Indian Subcontinent

Glidepath has continued its great camaraderie with the Canadian people, while implementing CATSA-mandated checked baggage systems at six airports across Canada. We share Canadian ideals and enjoy our shared responsibilities encountered at our numerous repeat job sites, where we have provided Glidepath’s specialty systems, post 9/11. I was fortunate to be involved in the occasion of the award of the Billy Bishop–Toronto City Airport project and was able to reflect on the development of Toronto City and its maritime history spanning 200 years. Hamish Smith (General Manager Canada), Gilles Labranche (Canada Regional Sales), and I were entertained by Port of Toronto executives in a 118-year-old boardroom in the waterside Maritime Centre. We were presented with bound books depicting the port development over the years; in all, a truly magnificent development fit for a great city. 

Half a world away, India Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” programme has borne fruit for Glidepath. Our manufacturing plant in Pune, Maharashtra is truly showing its worth, with projects at 13 airports booked and staff numbers building positively. The future for Glidepath becoming a leading player in the Indian regional market is positive, with an impressive bid list across all states. Lead by Rajesh Kalra (General Manager, India Region), and Greg Stevens (India Region Manufacturing Manager), we are attracting very positive enquiries for staff positions in Pune.

The past year has been a very positive one for Glidepath, which has vindicated the move to our new office and factory in Auckland New Zealand. 

Sir Ken Stevens


With every passing year, due to the increase in passenger numbers, the memory of tragedies such as Lockerbie and 9/11, and the continued threat of terror attacks, government and aviation body requirements for airport hold baggage security increase—borne of the advances in screening technology and the absolute need for a pre-emptive approach to air travel safety and security.

Such changes and upgrades in Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) systems present numerous challenges and headaches for airports: cost, impact on baggage throughput as more sophisticated and stringent machinery comes online, integration, and disruption. There is also the sheer weight of government and aviation legislation and legal requirements to wade through and comprehend.
In Canada, Glidepath has made this one of our special strengths: to fully understand the overall requirements of the CATSA HBS Recapitalisation program and its guidelines, and to successfully implement and deploy these systems at numerous airports throughout Canada with the least amount of disruption to normal airport activities.  

Glidepath is now turning its attention to Australia and New Zealand, where we can bring our hands-on HBS integration experience, knowledge and skills to assist airports with their plans to upgrade their HBS processes to meet ECAC Standard 3, which airports across Australia will need to be compliant with by 31 December 2020, and in New Zealand by 2021.
ECAC Standard 3 has been implemented to detect higher levels of threats, while lowering operational false alarm rates (FAR). In typical Standard 2 configurations, the first level of screening is handled by a standard X-ray system, while more powerful, Computed Tomography (CT) technology is used at Level 3. With the new mandate, Standard 3-approved machines (typically containing CT technology) will now be used right at Level 1.

Understandably, upgrading from Standard 2 to Standard 3-approved systems, for most airports, will require the redesigning and reconfiguring of their baggage system. But an important takeaway from our North American experience has been that upgrading to meet HBS requirements brings with it the opportunity to expand and future-proof the entire baggage system.
HBS is not a challenge for Glidepath. When it comes to compliance and implementation, knowledge is important. Experience is everything.


As a leading Hold Baggage System (HBS) specialist integrator, Glidepath are happy to report that our Saskatoon International Airport outbound system/departure hall expansion project is well underway and on target for completion (our projected go-live is October). This HBS project is a 100% AS-Interface controls project with Nord VFDs and drives and is currently three-quarters complete, with CATSA testing set for June. 
The project has not been without its challenges; as with all brownfield projects, it's typically the building renovations that hold up the work. Right now, we're preparing to start installation of the make-up carousel, followed by installation of the check-ins and collector conveyors. 

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE) is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The airport is served by passenger, courier, and air freight operators, and is named after John Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minister of Canada.


Following on from our success at last October’s Westpac Auckland Business Excellence Awards, where Glidepath took home the Excellence in Innovation and Supreme Business Excellence awards, we have won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the 2018 Westpac Auckland Business Awards — Best of the Best at a gala evening held on Thursday 14 March this year.

“This is great for our people and our morale. We’re pitching against the big guys around the world and we often win. In fact, we more than often win—that’s why we have to live and breathe innovation.” Sir Ken Stevens

Glidepath also won the Excellence in Innovation category at the awards ceremony.

Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett congratulated Glidepath, and all the businesses that took home an award: “The winners are businesses that are not only brave enough to discover what they are doing well through the process of entering the awards, but also in allowing others to judge them and learn from them. They are to be celebrated.”

Westpac Regional Commercial Manager Jeff Driscoll, congratulated Glidepath and acknowledged our true kiwi innovation, a factor in our success: “As businesses go, Glidepath and our other winners tonight each demonstrate why they are class acts and collectively will go a long way to helping grow the Auckland and New Zealand economy.”


In February of this year, Glidepath Executive Chairman Sir Ken Stevens visited Glidepath’s new factory facilities established in Pune, India. He took a thorough tour of the premises (15,500 sq. feet of dedicated factory space, plus offices) and met with Glidepath staff. He came away very happy: “I have to say that there was genuine enthusiasm for what we are about, and everyone was positive. I came away with a very positive impression of our India team.”

Glidepath now employs more than 40 staff in India, in Cochin and Pune, and the opening of a manufacturing branch in the Indian subcontinent is to focus on the growing demands of the region—where Glidepath continues its success in Asia and the Middle East, having secured more than a dozen new contracts in the last six months for a variety of works, including equipment supply, airport expansion, and airport upgrade, for airports in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, Maldives, Oman.


Baggage conveyors at check-in are designed for bags, not people (for reasons of safety and security, people should not be on them). And Glidepath has a solution for that: Our Human Intrusion Detection (HID) system—developed in conjunction with our technology partner Swarm Sentry. Our HID is programmed to detect when someone has intruded onto a conveyor. Its sensors can differentiate between a piece of luggage and a living, breathing human being, and when it spots one, it shuts the conveyor down.

We’re pleased to report that the installation and commissioning of our HID system at Toronto International Airport began in March this year and went according to plan. Testing ran smoothly over several days, without any issues (built on the successful trial and testing we undertook at Christchurch International Airport last year).

The HID system is networked—engineers can remotely log in to perform calibration tasks, if needed, and to roll out software updates and patches; and GTAA operations have the facility to observe the system’s historic data and operational statistics, as well as 10 images/second of any intrusion alarm that is raised.
PROFILE: TRISTAN LAST - Glidepath Group Sales Manager

Tristan Last is Glidepath’s new Group Sales Manager, and he brings to the role a passion for international business, seeking out both local and global opportunities that exist for the company. He also brings considerable experience. He joined Glidepath in 2008 as a project manager, a position that saw him deliver more than 20 projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Following that, 2014-2018, he led the Glidepath Santiago office, managing the region’s projects, O&M, and sales, and setting in place the large regional team that now continue to deliver quality projects and O&M in the region.

Tristan has a background in manufacturing: plant and machinery, processing and manufacturing. He has worked in a variety of industries around the world (NZ, Australia, UK, South America), including a design consultancy—with a focus on quality control, plant design, and processing equipment. He has a BE Mech Engineering degree and a Masters in Construction Management (both University of Auckland), and is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Tristan makes his home on Auckland’s North Shore, where he lives with his wife and three children. He enjoys the NZ outdoor lifestyle: boating, fishing, and sports.


Glidepath will be represented at the following upcoming trade shows: 

  •   FOAM Montreal 2019 (Facility, Operations & Airport Managers Conference), May 5-8, Montreal, Canada (BOOTH 19)
  •   2019 Airports Canada Conference & Exhibition, May 29-31, Kelowna BC, Canada (BOOTH 3)