GSE for Small, Medium and Large Aircraft

Ground Support Equipment (GSE) is an aviation industry term that refers to support equipment typically found at an airport that is used to service the aircraft between flights. These equipment are generally kept on the ramp near the terminal so that they can be accessed quickly when needed.  The main purpose of GSE is to support safe operations at the airport between the time the aircraft lands and takes off again.

To follow the flight operation plans and minimize flight delays GSE is extremely important for any airport. Uninterrupted movement of aircraft at an airport is one of the most complex tasks for all entities involved with ground operations at an airport.  Ground handling of aircraft is one of the most significant reasons for delays in flight operations. A high-efficiency airport is fully equipped with the required GSEs for the type of aircraft it is certified to handle.

Several factors impact downtime at the airport, but proper GSEs play an important role in mitigating these issues. To run an efficient airport and avoid downtime, at a minimum the airport must:


Ground handling support is essentially required by all aircraft from a small recreational plane to a large passenger aircraft between the time it arrives at the airport and the time it flies to its next destination. All the work has to be done with speed, efficiency, and accuracy by the ground handling services to minimize the turnaround time of the aircraft. GSEs comprise a wide variety of equipment and vehicles to service aircraft during aircraft turnaround.

These activities include passenger and cargo loading and unloading,  food and beverage catering, potable water loading, wastewater drainage, aircraft refueling, engine and fuselage service, and maintenance. Many large aircraft also need electrical power and ventilation units while they are waiting at the terminal for passenger/crew comfort and aircraft safety. Such services are also provided by the airport through GSEs.

Most of the GSEs are required to work on the airside of the airport to service the aircraft during the turnaround process. Several tasks are performed using GSE including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:



Various Types of GSEs

The requirement of various types of GSEs varies depending on the type of aircraft. Small propeller aircraft requires only a few pieces of equipment to support them. Whereas a large passenger jet requires a very complex array of support equipment while it is on the ground awaiting another flight. There is a lot of common equipment that is necessary for an airport to have irrespective of the size and type of aircraft it is ready to provide service.


GSE required for Small Aircraft


GSE required for Medium-sized Aircraft (including those for small aircraft)


GSE required for large passenger jets (including those for small and medium aircraft)


Ground Support Equipment is vital to both safety and productivity at the airport.  Failure to properly inspect and maintain equipment can not only lead to flight delays but may also damage aircraft and can put the life and well-being of personnel at risk. Any airport must a minimum complement of GSE for the type of aircraft it is certified to service.

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