Gazpromneft-Aero held the first international competition of specialists in aviation fuel supply – the Aviation Fuelling Challenge (AFC) with the first prize for best team going to Sovex.
The competition was supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo International Airport, where the event took place on Saturday (25 August).
Eight teams took part in the challenge: CNAF (China), Petrolimex Aviation (Vietnam), NIS (Serbia), Manas (Kyrgyzstan), Aerofuels (Russia), Sovex (Russia), Domodedovo Fuel Services (Russia) and Gazpromneft-Aero (Russia).
AFC included three individual nominations such as ‘Best Fuel Tanker Driver’, ‘Best Shift Supervisor’ and ‘Best Product Deputy Manager’, as well as the first prize awarded to the ‘Best Team’.
Competition tasks were based on the international quality requirements for the jet fuel supply. Participants passed theoretical tests in electronic format and completed two practical tasks.
During the team stage, the participants were challenged to perform a practical task against the clock. The jury included representatives of IATA and from the Russian state research Institute of Civil Aviation.
The first prize for ‘Best Team’ went to Sovex (Russia) with Gazpromneft-Aero (Russia) the first runner-up and Manas (Kyrgyzstan) the second. Representatives of five teams won prizes in individual nominations.
The best fuel tanker truck drivers were Azimkhan Alimzhanov (Manas), Igor Sukhodolsky (Gazpromneft-Aero), Wenqiang Huang (CNAF). Denis Grebenukov (Gazpromneft-Aero), Maxim Vorobiev (Sovex), Evgeny Galushko (Manas) won the ‘Best Shift Supervisor’ nomination.
Team captains represented by product deputy managers also competed in the professional skills category. The winners in this nomination are: Igor Korenev (Sovex), Alex Karpuk (Gazpromneft-Aero) and Pham Ngoc Thu (Petrolimex Aviation).
Gazpromneft-Aero chief executive officer, Vladimir Yegorov said: “The aviation industry has no borders: people all over the world fly every day and our responsibility is to ensure the safety and comfort of their journeys.
“This is only possible with the application of a united approach to the aviation fuel supply process, international standards and technologies that industry players introduce in their countries.
“The Aviation Fuelling Challenge is not just a competition for operational specialists, but also a networking platform where industry representatives from different countries exchange best practices and cooperate to solve problems affecting the development and standardization of aviation fuel supply processes around the world.
“We thank our partners for their support and participation in the first international competition on the aviation fuel supply, and we hope that it will become a longstanding tradition and an efficient platform for the industry experts to network.”