Ground Service Equipment for different types of Aircraft and Helicopters

Aircraft need constant servicing and maintenance while they are between flights. To support these activities a large set of ground support equipment (GSE) is necessary for each aircraft.

GSEs are mainly used to help in aircraft repairs, aircraft ramp activities, aircraft turnaround, and operations for line maintenance. Such types of equipment are normally used on the ramp for minor repairs and to service the aircraft. The equipment is used for many different activities, such as towing the aircraft, supplying electrical power, starting engines, loading and unloading luggage and freight, servicing galleys, air conditioning, and ventilation.

GSE selection involves many factors, including the type and level of maintenance to be performed, the number of line stations to be supported, the number of ramp operations, and the extent of the component maintenance to be performed on the ramp.  These equipment are in addition to those which are provided by the airport such as fueling, potable water supply, and wastewater removal, cleaning, catering, loading-unloading baggage loading unloading passengers, etc.

 

Tow Trucks

The type and number of GSEs required for typical ramp operations for any major airport are rather large and expensive. One type of GSE, however, can often be used for more than one airplane model. For example, a tow tractor that is used for a larger airplane can also be used for a smaller model. However, for smaller planes, a small tow tractor is also available mainly used by training aircraft and general aviation airplanes.

 

Dollies

There are various types of dollies and lifting equipment. These can also be used interchangeably. However, for bigger aircraft with larger engines more robust and heavy-duty equipment is necessary.

 

Jacks and lifting equipment

There are tripod jacks of various types and weight capacities. There are specialized lifting jacks for holding and transporting engines. These range from light aircraft engines to heavy jet engines used on commercial aircraft.

 

Servicing equipment

Various servicing equipment such and hydraulic and engine oil servicing equipment carts come in varying sizes depending on aircraft size. This includes servicing of landing gear, engine, and fuselage. Propeller and jet engines require special dollies and jacks which are specific to each type of engine.

 

GSE for Commercial Jet Aircraft

When it comes to large commercial jet aircraft, the GSE required is more specialized and varied. Most large aircraft need power vans to supply them with electrical power when it is not available from power mains or APU. They need air-conditioning and ventilation units to provide fresh and temperature-controlled air in the cabin. Commercial jet aircraft also need fuel, potable water, wastewater, various gas trucks, and catering vans to service them while they are waiting for a turnaround. There are several vehicles and equipment that may be used for moving passengers such as motorized stairs and passenger buses etc.

 

GSE for Helicopters

Helicopters may use a lot of common GSE which is used by small and medium-sized aircraft but due to their different design they need some special equipment

 

Blade Folding Kit

The blade folding kit is a specialized piece of equipment for the helicopters for safe storage of extended main rotor blades in the hanger. The kit allows the rotor blades to be put in line with the helicopter fuselage to reduce the space requirements. 2 people can easily fold the blades in a short time using this kit. The blade folding kit is lightweight and is compatible with existing hardpoints provided on the helicopter.

 

Main Rotor Blade Tie Down Set

Rotor blade tie-downs are an essential requirement for helicopters. The tie-down is important to protect the blades from moving and rotating in case of gusts of wind and severe weather and thereby prevents any excessive undue force on the rotor shaft. If these measures were not taken, they could easily result in damage to the rotor or the shaft and may lead to a catastrophic in-flight mechanical failure. If the wind and gusts increase significantly then the rotor blades spinning out of control may destabilize the helicopter and they may also hit other objects or vehicles nearby.

 

Aircraft Disabling Kit

The aircraft disabling kit can be used to physically secure and disable the aircraft via a dual-lock whenever the aircraft is stowed or left unattended. The kit consists of a tail rotor lock and battery lock. This kit requires no aircraft modification

 

Helicopter Support Dolly

The helicopter support dolly is designed to match the shape of the helicopter. It may be used to position, remove, and install the tail boom assembly without the need for a hoist or sling assembly.

 

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