Aircraft Ground Handling Services Available
|Ground handling service is a broad topic and it is important to know the terms, so, you can make suitable choices when you request for the services. MUrgency Airport Assistance breaks down the airport ground handling services for various aircrafts—non-commercial, diplomat flight, and air ambulance.|
What Is Aircraft Ground Handling?
The services and equipment an aircraft needs when it is on the ground or parked at the terminal gate or hangar.
Types Of Ground Handling Services:
Airport Ground Handling Equipment:
Tow-Bar: It is attached to a tractor that is used to tow any type of aircraft.
Push-Back Tractors: It is used to tow the aircraft and an alternative to tow-bar, but it is an expensive equipment—tow-bar and tractor put together.
Steps: This facility is available with or without canopy.
Forklifts: This is implemented for carrying freight that is placed on structural foundation called pallets.
GPU: It goes by Ground Power Unit—as the name suggests, it provides electrical energy that’s either mobile or static.
Loader: They can carry load of 3.5-14 tons and is mostly used for baggage containers.
Dollies: This facility is used to transport loose baggage, mail cargo, loose cargo carton, and over-sized bags from the aircraft to terminal or the sorting facility.
Belts: If the luggage is not packed in containers, then the belts are used for smaller luggage and cargo.
Transporter: They transport containers and also goes by transporteurs.
Tractors: They help with the transport of containers.
Chocks: They are placed in the front and back of the wheels, so that the plane does not move when it is parked or in the hangar.
Aircraft Tripod Jacks: When passengers at the front of the plane alight, the tail becomes heavy and may droop or fall. So, the aircraft tripod jack is used to prevent the tail of the plane from falling. All planes do not need it, it is optional.
Refuelers: They come in different types—self-contained, hydrant truck, cart. The self-contained refueler can hold upto 10,000 US gallons of fuels and comes with filters, hoses, pumps, and other equipment.
Tugs: Tugs comes with tractors that are used to transport other equipment such as bag carts, lavatory cart, ASU, etc. They serve several purposes and is an essential equipment for ground handling.
Buses: This vehicle is used to transport passengers from the terminal to the aircraft.
Container Loader: They are also called K-loaders or cargo loaders. This facility is implemented to load and upload containers and pallets in or out of the aircraft.
Portable Water Trucks: They provide quality water to the aircraft. The water is protected from the external elements, when it is stored in the truck. It is fitted with a pump that is used for transferring water from the truck to the aircraft.
Lavatory Service Vehicles: The aircraft stores the waste and the lavatory service vehicles empty it out. It is then cleaned and disinfected with a mixture of water, known as the blue juice.
Catering Vehicle: The vehicle delivers fresh food and empties out unused food and drink.
Air Start Unit (ASU): This facility has a built-in gas turbine engine that provides high-pressure air to start the engine.
Belt Loaders: This vehicle comes with a conveyor belt and is station at the aircraft baggage compartment. It is used to load and unload the luggage and cargo.
Deicing Vehicles: The vehicle carries a special mixture that is sprayed with a hose on the aircraft. The mixture melts the ice, but also prevents ice from building up.
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