STS Aviation Group has firmed up its presence in the aircraft ground support equipment segment by forming a dedicated division offering maintenance, refurbishment, spare parts and warranty services of the equipment.
The Melbourne, Florida-based company has established STS GSE Services, which will undertake GSE repairs from its hangar in the sunshine state. In addition, it will also offer the repairs across its line maintenance network, which totals more than 30 stations across the U.S. and the Bahamas.
STS Aviation group president Mark Smith will oversee the new division alongside Gabriel Girard, who is promoted from his former role as operations manager of STS Mod Center to director of operations for STS GSE Services.
According to Smith, the move into GSE repairs was a logical one. “It just made sense,” he told MRO-Network.com. “We do a lot of aircraft repair and modification work out of our facilities in Melbourne and Kansas City. In addition, we have a growing line maintenance network across the United States and the Bahamas, and customers kept asking if we could help service ground support equipment.”
Customer demand also varies across many types of GSE equipment, which STS already carried out repairs for before setting up a focused division. “We’re already performing a good deal of maintenance work on aircraft tugs, belt loaders and baggage carts,” Smith says. “We will continue to service, provide parts for and offer extended warranty services on a wide variety of ground support equipment; everything from fueling trailers to aircraft jacks. Nothing is off the table.”
While growth targets are in place, Smith says the immediate goal of STS is to place dedicated GSE teams across its line maintenance locations. The placement of staff will be carried out at the request of customers as well as at select stations where internal support is required, according to Smith.
“We aren’t there quite yet, but we do plan to offer GSE support at several stations in the very near future,” he says. The global expansion of GSE services is also a future possibility. “We have teams in Ireland, the UK, Singapore, Turkey and China, and if we can extend GSE support to those markets in a fiscally intelligent way, I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”