Working on an aircraft tail assembly is a tall order. With many standing over 30 feet tall, it’s a hard area to inspect or repair. Many maintenance facilities erect scaffolding or use aerial lifts to reach the tail assembly of commercial jetliners. With the time and effort involved in erecting scaffolding or the expense and hassle of using aerial lifts, it’s hard to keep up with today’s cost-conscious airlines with these tools.
Tri-Arc’s Custom Solutions – a Pittsburgh, PA-based company that manufactures rolling ladders and access equipment has designed an aircraft maintenance platform to completely enclose the tail assembly. Seeing a need to make it easier and safer to maintain the approximately 18,000 passenger and cargo jets in service today, Tri-Arc developed a massive, three-level structure that provides a safe, stable work area. Realizing the need to move this structure easily, Tri-Arc contacted the engineers at Conveyer & Caster-Equipment for Industry.
After reviewing the weight of the unit, similar to a three-floor building, Conveyer & Caster – Equipment for Industry recommended and provided 12” diameter steel wheels in an extra heavy duty rig assembly. A poly-type braking system and swivel lock were also designed to keep the wheels from rolling when the platform is in use and manned by aircraft mechanics.