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Automatic Bag Loaders In Cargo Compt.

Wed Jul 21, 1999 11:51 am

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?

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RE: Automatic Bag Loaders In Cargo Compt.

Wed Jul 21, 1999 12:44 pm

Back when I was with HP, and earlier than that DL, one or two of HP's 757's had telescoping bin liners. I racall that a few of DL's MD-80's had them as well. They help quite a bit.ADIOS
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RE: Automatic Bag Loaders In Cargo Compt.

Wed Jul 21, 1999 2:20 pm

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.

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RE: Automatic Bag Loaders In Cargo Compt.

Wed Jul 21, 1999 11:41 pm

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".
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RE: Automatic Bag Loaders In Cargo Compt.

Thu Jul 22, 1999 9:12 am

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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