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Benefits of incorporating advanced ground handling equipment

Utilizing anti-collision and approach technology, they improve vehicle control and increase docking precision, minimizing the risk of personal and aircraft damage

The need to incorporate advanced GSEs is detailed in a recently published IATA study that estimates that the annual cost of ground damage could double to nearly $10 billion by 2035 unless preventative measures are taken. The forecast cost of damage on land is based on direct costs (including labor and material costs, temporary rental costs, logistics costs and administrative costs) and indirect costs (loss of income, costs transfer of crews and passengers, compensation costs for delays in services, etc.). The study concludes that:

“The transition to advanced GSEs, with anti-collision technology is an obvious necessity. We have proven technology that can improve safety and should be adopted imminently given the increasing costs of ground damage across the industry. The challenge now is to develop a roadmap for all partners to agree on the transition,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Security.


In addition to reducing the cost of ground damage, the transition to advanced GSEs will also support the industry’s commitment to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, as most new equipment runs on electrical power.

“Most advanced GSEs run on electrical power, making them cleaner and more energy efficient. While aviation decarbonization efforts are primarily focused on how aircraft are powered, you can’t ignore what’s happening on the ground. Transitioning to advanced GSE will help our industry achieve its highest safety and sustainability priorities,” said Careen.

Transition and ISAGO

IATA will work with its industry partners to implement strategies, objectives and programs that will drive the adoption of Advanced GSE. The IATA Ground Handling Handling (AHM) Manual advises the design and use of GSE Collision Avoidance Systems (Advanced GSE) as one of best practices, and many airlines and ground handling companies are already seeing the first benefits.

Global standards have always played a prominent role in aviation’s commitment to safety. The IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) has sparked renewed interest among airlines, with 55 airlines enrolling in the ISAGO audit and reporting data sharing program by 2022. Based At IATA’s AHM, ISAGO provides the auditable framework for safe ground operations, and is continuously updated as technology evolves, including the soon to be integrated with advanced GSE operations.

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Source: Twitter @IATA

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