Air Start Unit

Jet turbines require a lot of power to get started. This makes air start units some of the most essential ground support equipment (GSE) for any airline, airport or FBO. Because these crucial machines provide the boost engines need to start running, they must be extremely powerful and dependable. Without them, it would be virtually impossible to get planes off the ground. Fortunately, Xcēd provides a wide range of new and refurbished air start units for aircraft as part of our GSE offerings. When you rent, lease or purchase this equipment from us, you can count on receiving the latest and most advanced models on the market. You’ll also benefit from the ability to quickly scale up or down in response to your current demand level. We make it easy to source air start units by eliminating many of the most common risks and hassles associated with acquiring them elsewhere.

How An Air Starter For Aircraft Works

Airplane engines create thrust by sucking in air through a turbine, compressing and burning it, then expelling it from the other end. But before this process can take place, the turbines must start turning. On smaller planes, this can be achieved through the use of an electric starter similar to ones used to start car engines. For larger aircraft, however, some external assistance is needed.

This is where a jet engine air starter is necessary. These units feature a higher power-to-weight ratio than electric starters because they weigh much less than their electrical counterparts. Operated from the ground, these mobile units essentially pump compressed air through the turbines to start them spinning. Once the turbines are up to speed, the engines can operate on their own and the plane can take to the skies.

Given how crucial an air start unit for aircraft is to flight, it’s extremely important for operators to have equipment that’s reliable. These units need to be ready to go and in good condition so airlines can stay on schedule and avoid costly delays.

If you are in the market for an aircraft air start you can view our current inventory below.

Why Turn to Xcēd?

Because we’re focused entirely on sourcing GSE, we know more about air start diesel units than just about anyone. For many of our competitors, these machines represent only a fraction of their inventories, which means they may lack the detailed expertise to help you find the best fit for your operations. In contrast, we can be your complete resource for the air start units you need to service your fleets. Our technicians also have a wealth of knowledge, which enables them to answer virtually any questions you may have. We’ll stand beside you every step of the way when you rent, lease or purchase jet engine air starters from us.

We also give you the flexibility to add or subtract this equipment on short notice, as your fleet requires. No matter what type of equipment you need, you can count on getting the most reasonable terms and exceptional responsiveness from our team. To learn more about how we can support your operations, get in touch with us today.


We have new, used, and refurbished ready-to-go Ground Support Equipment inventory