Ground Support Equipment (GSE)

There are various types of ground support equipment available from Falcon Airside Ltd, and we have compiled a short guide to explain the different equipment types that can be found on the ramp to support a variety of aircraft. For all our new and used ground support equipment sales, please check our GSE for sale page for current availability, or contact us directed with your requirements.

Air Conditioning Unit

These are usually trailer mounted with a diesel engine driving a compressor and cooling unit to provide cold air for the cabin and cockpit of an aircraft.

Air Start Unit

These are usually trailer mounted with a diesel or jet engine, or compressed stored air tank, to start the aircraft’s main jet engines when on the ground.

Aircraft Deicing Unit

This item is usually truck-mounted and used to de-ice the aircraft prior to take-off, by dispensing specialist heated chemicals directly to an aircraft fuselage, wings and tail section, usually via an operated access platform. More information on our own build aircraft de-icer DEICERplane can be found here.

Catering Truck

A truck chassis with an scissor-lift elevating cab which is usually insulated or chilled to transport catering items to and from the aircraft.

Conveyor Belt Loader

A self-propelled vehicle with a single belted boom for loading baggage and small freight into the lower deck of an aircraft.

Ground Power Unit

Usually trailer-mounted with a diesel engine to provide power to an aircraft whilst on the ground with a specification unique to aircraft requirements.

Lower Deck Loader

A self-propelled twin scissor deck lift to primarily load cargo and ULDs into the lower deck of an aircraft.

Main Deck Loader

A self-propelled twin scissor deck lift to primarily load cargo, heavy loads, vehicles and machinery into the upper deck of a wide-body aircraft.

Passenger Bus

A large, wide passenger bus with kneeling capabilities to transport passengers between the terminal and the aircraft. These type of buses are designed to carry large volumes of passengers, usually over 100.

Passenger Steps

These steps allow passenger access to the aircraft and can either be pushable, towable, truck-mounted or self-propelled models.

PRM Vehicles

Sometimes called and ambulift, a PRM (passengers with reduced mobility) vehicle allow access to the aircraft for passengers who are unable to use the steps. The PRM vehicle is a truck chassis with an scissor-lift elevating cab which elevates to the door height of the aircraft.

Toilet Service Units

Either trailer or truck-mounted with a variety of tank sizes, a toilet service unit deals with the hygiene and safe removal of waste from an aircraft.

Tractors: Push back

Available in a wide range of sizes depending on the type of aircraft that needs to be serviced, a push back tractor is used to safely move the aircraft on the ramp.

Tractors: Towbarless

Similar to the push back tractor in it’s purpose for moving aircraft on the ramp, a towbarless tractor can come in a range of sizes and weights for a variety of aircraft.

Tractors: Tow

A tow tractor, sometimes referred to as a tug, is used to pull all towable GSE, including baggage trailers and pallet dollies. Tow tractors are powered by electricity or a diesel engine.

Trailers and dollies: Baggage, pallets and ULDs

There are various types including; baggage trailers, pallet and ULD dollies, which come in varies sizes, capacities and side or end loading. Usually pulled in a train by a tow tractor, they are utilized to transport baggage, pallets, ULDs and smaller freight and cargo items.

Water Service Units

Either trailer or truck-mounted with a variety of tank sizes, a water service unit supplies potable water to the aircraft.

A full listing of GSE that is currently available can be found via our GSE for sale page, or contact us directly with your requirement.

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