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Aircraft Servicing Equipment 101

The right aircraft servicing equipment keeps aircraft running smoothly and your passengers and employees safe. Servicing and repairing aircraft is a continuous process and one that should be conducted on a regular basis. Tronair offers a wide selection of servicing equipment to meet your hangar, airline or airport's needs. This high-level guide will highlight the various types of aircraft servicing equipment available, from lavatory system equipment to oxygen servicing units.

Aircraft servicing carts and equipment are types of portable ground support equipment (GSE) that make maintaining and servicing aircraft quick and simple. Keeping aircraft in tip-top condition is an ongoing process, and servicing carts help to make sure you have everything you need to get the job done right. The following are some of the key kinds of aircraft servicing equipment you should have in your hangar for everyday use.

Skydrol Recovery Carts

Skydrol hydraulic fluid is used to prevent corrosion and other damage to an aircraft's servo valves. While helpful to the overall maintenance of your planes, Skydrol is incredibly corrosive to human skin. Because of this, safety measures must be taken to safely store and transport this hydraulic fluid around your airfield. A Skydrol Recovery Cart is designed to store and safely transport clean phosphate ester-based hydraulic fluid.

Nitrogen Carts

Nitrogen is used to inflate aircraft tires as oxygen can often react with rubber when at higher altitudes. A low-profile nitrogen cart with an easy-to-use instrument panel makes it easy to safely load and unload bottles of nitrogen.

Oxygen Servicing Carts

Aircraft oxygen servicing equipment is a vital component of any airfield to ensure that oxygen can properly enter aircraft cabins. Each servicing cart is low-profile and includes an easy-to-use instrument panel. From oxygen boosters and carts to regulators and adaptors, make sure you have the right aircraft oxygen servicing equipment in place.

Potable Water Carts

While some airports use potable water from domestic water supplies via a hose, potable water trucks are often still used to service aircraft. In order to properly maintain your potable water system, you'll need an aircraft water tank and potable water cart. This type of aircraft service cart allows you to keep in line with EPA potable water regulations while transporting water with ease. Make sure to regularly clean and test your potable water trucks, checking the condition of the hoses, connectors and ports.

Multi-Purpose Carts

A multi-purpose cart is equipped with some crucial tools you'll need on the runway. These include an air compressor, generator, hydraulic fluid and engine oil system, and high- and low-pressure nitrogen system. There are a lot of components to an aircraft, so having versatile servicing equipment is a must.

Lavatory Service Equipment

Lavatory service equipment is used to empty and refill restrooms on board an aircraft. On an aircraft, waste is stored in tanks. When the aircraft lands, a lavatory cart, pulled by a towbarless tug or Bobtail truck, will then be used to empty the tanks and remove the waste. Once fully emptied, the tank will be refilled with a mixture of disinfecting concentrate and water. At Tronair, we offer aircraft lavatory servicing carts with tank capacities ranging from 31 gallons to 136 gallons.

Hydraulic and Engine Oil Dispensers

In order to maintain flight safety and prolong the engine life of your aircraft, the use of hydraulic servicing and oil dispensing equipment is crucial. This equipment allows you to service and replenish oil and hydraulic systems with clean, uncontaminated fluid. This category of aircraft servicing equipment includes everything from hydraulic test equipment to aircraft oil filters. But don't forget, your hydraulic GSE will need maintenance too. To reduce downtime and costly repairs, make sure you have a preventive maintenance plan in place for your hydraulic GSE.

Shimmy Damper Servicing Equipment

An aircraft's shimmy damper is a shock absorber that uses a hydraulic cylinder to prevent the rapid movement of the plane's main landing gear. The cylinder is typically filled with hydraulic fluid or a rubber/lubricant combination. Shimmy damper servicing equipment is designed in conjunction with airframe manufacturers to properly maintain this high-viscosity silicone damper fluid.

Keep in mind that this is a high-level look at just some of the equipment needed to properly service aircraft. This article should not be considered an exhaustive guide. Always consult your aircraft manual, manufacturer and a Tronair representative prior to purchasing aircraft servicing equipment.

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