What is a GPU?
To put it simply, Ground Power Units allow aircraft to function whilst they’re on the ground. For context, when they’re parked on the ground aircraft cannot use the mains power supply of 50Hz (or 60Hz in the USA). Instead, they require a supply of 400Hz power – a clever decision made by the Aviation industry to help them reduce the weight of each aircraft by significantly reducing the size of electrical components and motors.
Our Ground Power Units connect to the regular 3-phase mains power source of 50/60Hz and converts this into an incredibly stable output of 400Hz power that is usable for all types of aircraft, including passenger aircraft, helicopters, and military aircraft.
An essential part of Ground Support Equipment (GSE), our compact GPUs can be fixed to the gantry of a passenger loading bridge, hung underneath the walkway or even fixed to a convenient place nearby for easy access at all times.
Types of Ground Power Units We Supply
Discover our most popular GPU types below.
Mobile power supply systems designed for aircraft engine starting applications and the charging of onboard batteries. Split into three main categories, including the DD range designed for offshore installations, the PS range suitable for hangars and outdoor uses, and the SP range which is integrated into the 400Hz GPU.
Our most popular range of GPUs, these 400Hz frequency converters come in a range of formats. Including all-weather units designed for use outdoors in military airfields and airport applications, as well as fixed or mobile units to suit your logistical needs whatever the environment.
Part of our SP Series, this Combi Unit is an extremely flexible Ground Power source designed for use in avionic workshops, aircraft maintenance hangars and test laboratories where compact dimensions are required.
Don’t see what you’re after? Get in touch today on +441494871544 and we’ll be happy to help find the perfect GPU type to suit your needs!
GPU Installation, Servicing and Maintenance
As well as supplying our range of high-quality Ground Power Units, we also offer installation, servicing and maintenance services to all our customers. Our expert engineers can help you set up your GPUs and keep them in tip-top condition to ensure they last for years to come.
For more information, or if you require these services, please contact us today – a member of the team will answer your questions or arrange a suitable time to carry out the service.
Key Benefits of Our GPU Systems
- Replaces traditional engine-driven GPUs, reducing noise and air pollution
- Produces a high stability 400Hz output that’s suitable for most aircraft
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications
- No fuel storage, spillage, or bills necessary
- No engine start battery required
- Reduced maintenance costs with only one inspection required every year
- Can be used as a fixed application or easily mountable on trailers for increased mobility
- Designed to last 25 years
- Minimal operational costs as they can be handled by just one person
- Includes a feature which allows the GPU to sync with the on-board aircraft power system; allowing the lights, air con, and avionics to remain operational during the changeover
Purchase Aircraft GPUs from PSI
For all your GPU requirements, you can trust the frequency & conversion specialists here at Power Systems International. To purchase a Ground Power Unit, simply get in touch with us today by filling out our contact form, emailing us at email@example.com or calling +441494871544 and let us know your requirements to get started.