Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Requirements

Preparation is key to any operation and depending on the size of the operation there are more requirements that must be met in order to ensure safety and quality of service. International flight is on a scale so grand that there a multitude of things to consider before flying. Here’s a list of things that can help simplify preparations for your next international flight.

Ground Support Equipment (GSE) is the collection of tools and equipment needed to service an aircraft while it’s docked at a terminal between flights. This can range from fuel additives to airlifts, so it’s critical to ensure that airports in different countries meet the appropriate standards for service.

Possible GSE items can be as glaringly obvious as fuel but can creep into more obscure territory such as a de-icing liquid. At certain airports, hydrant fuel may not be available, forcing you to resort to bringing in off-airport fuel, which can cost significantly more than typical prices. Meanwhile, at some airports, it may be impossible to have fuel brought in. Plan your flights accordingly to how much fuel will be available between layovers, especially at airports that may not have fuel available. This applies to all GSE requirements.

In addition to equipment for servicing the aircraft, it is also recommended that flight destinations have the correct facilities in order to meet the needs of handlers and on-flight personnel. Things like laundry, shower facilities, and refrigeration for food and beverages ensure that the passenger flight experience is optimized for comfort and quality.

Some countries have certain guidelines and restrictions that further complicate flights and must be accounted for. In order to confirm aircraft parking, some countries require that there be a towbar present; while some airports in India and Africa may require disinfection and insecticide be sprayed in the cabin before the aircraft doors even open. Some things, like a towbar, are easier to account for compared to things like disinfectant spray, but it’s always better to be over prepared than underprepared.

As a general rule of thumb, you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. But with the various different requirements that must be met at each airport, it may be impossible to make sure all of the flight arrangements are accounted for at home base. It is recommended that all GSE requirements be researched at least two weeks prior to take-off. This allows any and all deficiencies to be dealt with in an adequate time-frame, allowing for appropriate corrective actions to be made and approved. 

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