Airport Ground Support Equipment Solutions

Professional training solutions for ground handling operations at airports.

How big of a problem are ground handling accidents?

An independent study conducted by the business aviation consulting group VanAllen, in Peachtree, GA studied towing accidents over a 24 month period covering 2014/2015:

  • Eighty (80) aviation departments and FBOs participated in the study.
  • 37% of respondents had at least one ground incident in the study period.
  • In total, the respondents had 168,810 aircraft legs flown, and a total of 64 ground events.
  • In all, the study group had a ground event rate of approximately one event per 4000 flight hours. For example, organizations responsible for eight (8) aircraft had a 50% probability of having a ground event in a six (6) month period.
  • 33% of these accidents were towing accidents (21).
  • Total estimated cost of these accidents was $12.3M in this study group alone in 24 mo.
  • 2016 accident cost/lost revenues estimated to be $586K per event x 21 events.

Why is training ground handling operators important?

  • Efficient aircraft ground handling ensures schedules are maintained, resulting in improved bottom lines.
  • The safety of your entire team and passengers is the number one priority. Safe operation of your ground handling equipment is a critical business requirement.
  • Training GSE crews effectively is a key element in maintaining a safety program that holds up to internal and external regulatory scrutiny.
  • Accidents are expensive. The average cost of an accident involving ground handling equipment was nearly $400,000 in 1998 (FAA Study, Wenner, Drury). This takes into account only potential aircraft damage and lost revenues (passengers/cargo). The intangibles make this number much higher.

Ground Operations Training Challenges

  • Ground handling operators are subjected to daily hazards which require critical driving and difficult decision making skills.
  • Your organization’s responsibility to provide proper training is key to the safety of your ground crew and ramp operations as a whole.
  • Traditional classroom training approaches, which focus solely on equipment control and do not fully engage trainees, fall short.
  • In order to improve decision making skills, drivers must be:
  • exposed to dangerous situations
  • become familiar with potential risks and threats
  • have the opportunity to practice appropriate responses
  • Learning environment is difficult to stage.

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