The Importance of Safe GSE Operation

Aerospace is an industry in which painstaking care must be taken to ensure the safety of mechanics, crews, pilots, and passengers alike. Practicing safe work habits while operating ground support equipment (GSE) is no different. GSE is the equipment found at an airport’s servicing area by the terminal. It is used to service aircraft in between flights as well as support the operations of the aircraft while on the ground. Many airlines subcontract handling of GSE to a handling agent or even another airline. Regardless of who is using ground support equipment, they must do so with care. Responsible use of ground support equipment is imperative not only to safety, but also the success and continued growth of business. There are three main reasons why safe GSE operation is so important.

The first reason is employee safety. Each year, hundreds of people are injured in GSE-related mishaps. It is a crucial part of everyday operation in the aviation industry, but GSE, if used irresponsibly, can be deadly to its operator and endanger those around it. Like any large, heavy machinery, GSE should be treated with respect. Another reason for precaution while using GSE is the downtime that can come along with broken equipment. If a piece of equipment is out of commission, it puts a larger load on all other equipment and operators working. This makes work harder for everyone involved and can cause aircraft delays.

The third main reason for GSE safety is the cost. Whether new or used, ground support equipment is expensive and replacement parts are often highly-specialized. In addition to equipment costs, labor costs must also be factored in. GSE technicians are in short supply and, as such, in high demand. Whether it’s a dolly, refueler, ground power unit, transporter, de-icing tools, or anything else, ground support equipment must be handled with care and operated responsibly.

At AOG Unlimited, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we can help you find all the ground support equipment for the aerospace, civil aviation, and defense industries. We’re always available and ready to help you find all the parts and equipment you need, 24/7-365. For a quick and competitive quote, email us at or call us at 1-763-401-8616.


December 23, 2020

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