Ground support equipment or GSE, as it is commonly referred to, is equipment that is used at an airport to assist with airport operations i.e., moving airplanes, baggage, cargo, and people. There are many types of GSE but the most common pieces of equipment that people recognize are the baggage tractor and the baggage carts. These two pieces of equipment shuttle passenger baggage from the airport to airplane. Though these might be the most common pieces of equipment to see there are many more pieces of GSE that are just as or even more important to an airport’s operation. Next time you are on an airplane taxiing to or from the gate, look outside and you’ll see lots of equipment that you never knew existed. It plays a role in helping airplanes, airlines, and airports function smoothly. Here is a list of the most common GSE that you might encounter at the airport:Ground support equipment
Ground power units
The list of GSE above is a sampling of the most common equipment but isn’t all-inclusive. Generally, GSE is broken out into two groups: motorized and non-motorized. The motorized pieces have motors and the non-motorized do not. Xcēd leases, rents, and sells both motorized and non-motorized pieces of equipment.