FLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3 Posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 759 times:
I was reading an old post from 777rules about QF's automatic baggage loaders in the cargo compartment of their 737 fleet. He said that it was basically a conveyor belt in the belly. Can someone please elaborate on this for me? Are there any other airlines that have this installed? Is it worthwile?
Antti From Finland, joined May 1999, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 760 times:
They speed up the loading and unloading pretty much. You need less men when working on the plane. Bad thing is that when they are inoperative it´s slow and difficult to load/unload.
Finnair has this feature in its 757 fleet and SAS has them in their MD-80/-90 fleet.And BA 757s.
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 759 times:
I've heard about an automatic system for rolling main deck cargo cans on Fedex planes, but I've never been inside a Fedex plane so I'm not sure if that's true. Please let me know if it is.
At UPS on our 757s we don't have anything that complicated - we have fixed Ro/Ro style rollers on the floor and a couple of big guys at each stop to roll the cans on and off. The guys never break down and never need maintainence. Nor is there anything automated in the bellies. Where we have Ro/Ro on top, in the belly it's simply "Throw/Throw".
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 760 times:
The closest that I have seen was a DC-3 that had a winch mounted right behind the cockpit door. It was a Butler turbine conversion with the large door that could take LD3's in the cabin. A lot of Herks and other tailloaders also can be equipt a winch to help move pallets in the cabin.
The neatest system that I have seen was on an IL-76. Basicly it was a traveling gatry that ran along the roof of the cabin. we would just pull up with the flat. This crane would grab it and then carry it down to the cabin where it would go. Really neat. I under stand that a number of russian cargo aircraft use this system.
The closest I have used it that on the Metros that the flight service that I work for use just standard unpowered rollers. When we convert them to a freighter conversion they are placed into the floor walkway that runs down the center of that aircraft. This makes the floor nice and flat and very easy to slide boxes all the way down the center of the aircraft.
What kind of weight penalty does the powered cargo systems place on the payload??
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