Wheelchair Assistance at Aberdeen

New powerpacks designed to assist wheelchair users and their helpers have been introduced at Aberdeen Airport). (TGA)

New powerpacks designed to assist wheelchair users and their helpers have been introduced at Aberdeen Airport). (TGA)

UK MOBILITY specialist TGA has been chosen by Group 4 Security (G4S) Transport and Borders to supply its latest wheelchair powerpacks to BAA’s Aberdeen Airport for essential assistance with the transfer of less able passengers.
Mike Caple, Security and Terminal Services Duty Manager for G4S at Aberdeen and is responsible for delivering the best experience for passengers as they transfer through the airport.  It is also within his remit to ensure employees under his management operate in an optimum environment in terms of Health and Safety.
A TGA statement said that wheelchair transfers are becoming more common through the airport’s terminal and, in addition, there is “a trend towards heavier wheelchair occupants.”  TGA says that Mr Caple’s team fitted its powerpacks to the airport’s wheelchairs as a solution: “that would minimise the strain associated with propelling disabled passengers on a regular basis.”
Mr Caple explained: “Reducing the risk of injuries, especially back injuries, is one of my key objectives here at the airport.  The transfer of disabled occupants across the terminal complex was becoming a real issue until the application of several TGA powerpacks to our wheelchairs.  The power and traction these powerpacks deliver, especially up airport ramps is absolutely fantastic for both the G4S porters and their assigned passengers.”
The manufacturer says that with a top speed of 4 mph (6.4km/h) and a maximum range of up to 10miles (16km): “the powerpacks will drive any model of wheelchair via a simplistic control lever.  They have the power and grip to safely assist propulsion of a wheelchair across uneven ground or up hills and ramps..”