As specialists in complex heavy lift aerospace shipments, ALG members know that when it comes to moving airplane engines, specific requirements and considerations must be taken into account.
Aircraft engines can vary significantly in size and weight. The logistics planning must account for the specific size and weight of the engine to ensure the appropriate equipment and transportation methods are used. Specialized equipment is required to safely handle and transport airplane engines; this can include heavy-duty cranes, forklifts, engine stands, and transportation dollies. The equipment must be capable of supporting the weight of the engine, provide stability during transport, and ensure the engine is protected from any damage at all times.
Moving airplane engines often involves a combination of transportation modes, including road, air, and sometimes sea. Depending on the distance and logistical constraints, the engines may be transported by truck or trailer to and from airports or shipping ports. In many cases, airfreight or cargo aircraft might be used for long-distance transportation. Each mode of transportation requires careful planning to ensure compliance with safety regulations, proper securing of the engine, and consideration of any weight and size limitations.
Proper packaging and crating are crucial for protecting airplane engines during transportation. Engines are often packed in custom-built crates or containers designed to provide a secure and stable environment. These containers protect the engine from external elements, vibrations, and shocks that may occur during transit. In the cases where an engine is moved on a specialized rack, other precautions and procedures must occur, from secure mounting to prevent any movement or shifting during transportation and ensuring that the mounting points and brackets are designed and rated to withstand the weight and forces exerted by the engine, to using appropriate bracing and support structures to stabilize the engine on the rack.
ALG members also verify that the rack is designed and rated to support the weight and size of the engine being transported and they adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding load capacity limits and distribution of the weight on the rack. Improper weight distribution can lead to instability and potential damage to the engine or the rack.
Once we have properly secured the engine, our teams then provide protective coverings to shield the engine from potential impacts, vibrations, and environmental elements during transportation. This helps minimize the risk of scratches, dents, or other physical damage to the engine and prevents any debris from blowing into the engine.
Our teams inspect the rack, fastenings, and support structures for any signs of wear, damage, or corrosion to ensure the rack’s structural integrity and the continued safety of the engine during transportation. ALG members ensure that all personnel involved in the handling and transportation of engines have received proper training and have the necessary expertise to carry out the task safely.
Moving airplane engines requires coordination between multiple parties involved, including logistics providers, airports, shipping company partners, and ground handling personnel. The ALG teams work in close collaboration with all parties to ensure smooth operations, adherence to timelines, and the efficient movement of the engines.
Moving helicopters involves its own set of considerations and requirements in heavy lift logistics.
Helicopters range from small, lightweight models to larger, heavy-duty ones used for commercial or military purposes, thus planning must account for the specific dimensions and weight of the helicopter to ensure the appropriate equipment and transportation methods are used.
Our ALG teams use the proper equipment necessary for helicopter moves, from cranes, forklifts, and slings to rigging equipment. Moving helicopters may require permits and compliance with various regulations; this may involve obtaining oversized load permits for road transportation, adhering to aviation security protocols, and following guidelines for transporting hazardous materials if applicable. It’s important to consider the specific regulations and requirements of each jurisdiction and transport route.
At ALG, safety is paramount when moving helicopters. Our teams adhere to rigorous safety protocols, risk assessments, and they have been properly trained. ALG members give focused attention to load balancing, to securing the helicopter during transportation, and to mitigating any potential risks to personnel, equipment, or the environment.
As with any heavy lift logistics operation, it’s crucial to consult with experienced professionals who have expertise in aircraft engine and helicopter transport to ensure the safe and efficient movement of your heavy lift cargo. Our teams are ready to assist you.