What GSE stands for
Ground Support Equipment
What is ground support equipment?
During flights, aircraft operate independently but after landing, GSE must be employed to service, maintain, and prepare the aircraft for the next flight.
Efficiency is key to maintaining a minimal turnaround time, i.e. the time the aircraft spends on the ground. To support safe and timely ground operations, a variety of ground support equipment is available. Among those pieces of equipment, you find Ground Power Units (GPU) supplying 400 Hz power and Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) unit, creating a comfortable environment for the aircraft staff and passengers.
Other GSE examples are pushback tractors, stairs and passenger busses.
Why do you need ground support equipment?
GSE is important to carry out operations on the ground.
Efficient and reliable ground support equipment is key to ensure smooth turnarounds and on-time departures thus avoiding delays, costs and inconvenience for passengers.
GSE is essential to perform a turnaround – you cannot carry out a turnaround without any GSE. For example, you need a pushback tractor to make the aircraft leave the gate and you need belt loaders to quickly bring the luggage to the passengers.
Also, some GSE provide safety on the apron, as for example the passenger busses transporting the passengers safely from the remote parked aircraft to the terminal.
What is aircraft support equipment?
Aircraft support equipment is ground power units, pre-condition air units, stairs, container loaders, belt loaders, refuel equipment etc.
ITW GSE specializes in ground power units, pre-conditioned air units, cables and hoses, all of which are critical to smooth ground handling.
FAQ on GSE
What is the life cycle of a ground support equipment?
Ground support equipment can last between approx. 10 years (max 15 years), depending on the level of maintenance, and the surrounding environments.
What kinds of ground power units are available?
There are different kinds of Ground Power Units (GPU): battery driven eGPUs that are completely independent power sources, solid-state GPUs that depend on electrical input, and diesel driven GPUs that depend on diesel fuel. The battery GPU and the solid-state GPUs are considered cleaner and greener whereas the diesel GPU leaves a big CO2 footprint.