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Things to Consider When Choosing Aircraft Equipment

Aircraft ground support equipment (GSE) is a huge investment. From towbarless tugs to Bobtail tractors, having efficient, reliable and cost-effective GSE to seamlessly support operations is essential. Because of this, you shouldn't make the purchasing decision lightly. This guide will help you make the right choice when it comes to buying the best aircraft equipment for your business. When doing research, consider the following important factors before choosing your new aircraft equipment product or model.

Industry Standards & Safety Features

When researching airport GSE and creating an aircraft equipment list for your hangar, safety features are of the utmost importance. Aircraft equipment should have a robust set of safety features, all of which align with regulated industry standards. When doing research, be sure to check that any GSE you're considering is approved by the appropriate regulatory bodies.


Did you know that much of today's commercial and military aircraft ground support equipment can utilize a type of fleet telematics to monitor and manage GSE? Make the most of your GSE by taking a proactive approach to maintaining and extending the life of your aircraft equipment. Innovative technology, like EBis Aviation Software, can help you organize, automate and monitor general repair station task flows to effectively modernize and scale your business. Preventive maintenance and fleet management systems like this can increase overall compliance, efficiency, reliability and visibility to a GSE fleet. Be sure to look into available telematics and technology that is compatible with the aircraft ground support equipment you're considering.

Good Value & Features

When selecting and purchasing GSE and maintenance tooling, you'll want to look for the best value — just keep in mind this shouldn't be the only thing you base your decision on. From aircraft deicing equipment to cargo tractors, look for features that will enhance your business operations and align with your company's goals. Some features to look for that will provide good value to your airport or maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility include:

  • Eco-friendly and cost-saving features, like those included with electric-powered aircraft tugs.
  • A reliable and ergonomic design that alleviates strain on employees and equipment.
  • The ability to use a GSE fleet tracking telematics system.
  • A strong and durable design that can withstand harsh conditions.
  • Customizable options like the use of brand colors, logo, etc.


A good indicator of a quality product is its online reviews. A reputable company will have positive reviews of both their products and customer service. While we always recommend doing your own research, customer testimonials and reviews can be extremely helpful and give you a better understanding of the aircraft equipment and how it works on a day-to-day basis. If there aren't any reviews on the manufacturer's website, check out their social media pages for comments left by customers, or reach out and request a customer recommendation. Be sure to also consider the views of other operators and your own employees, along with recommendations from aircraft and GSE manufacturers. This can give you valuable insight into making your next aircraft equipment purchase.

In addition to your company's own goals and strategy, it's important to keep these considerations in mind when shopping for your new aircraft ground support equipment. Choosing the right GSE can have a massive impact on your ground operations going forward.

Let Tronair Help You Find the Right Aircraft Equipment Solution Today

At Tronair, we're here for you. While this high-level guide will help you to get a better idea of what you need out of your new towing equipment or towbarless tug, you shouldn’t attempt to purchase GSE without the help of a professional. Reach out to our experts to learn more about the aircraft ground support equipment available from Tronair. And when you're ready, get a quote and let our team help find the aircraft equipment solution that's right for you.


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