Weatherwatcher1 wrote:keesje wrote:Weatherwatcher1 wrote:
It’s been common practice for years to either use nose gear straps or tail stands when loading freighters. The idea of installing a tail wheel that Ilyishin designed is ridiculous in my opinion.
You can see the yellow nose gear strap in this photo
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... hter-deal/
Does the A321 have significant enough weight and balance concerns to need a nose gear strap? I haven’t seen them used on 757 as often as on the widebodies. They are more commonly used on widebodies like 747s and MD11s
I have seen so many photo's of jets tipping, A310, A320, 737, 727, 747, M11. Probably if you push a few heavy containers into the tail of an empty A321 it will tip to. Would be great if there was a switch next to the parking break solving the limitations, risks forever. I guess there is a procedure to load first, unload front containers last for the A321F.
Correct. Airplanes will tip of not loaded correctly. That’s why there are tie down straps for the nose gear. It barely takes any more time than it does to install chocks. Far simpler, lighter and cheaper than to build an integrated tail stand.
I've hardly ever seen them on the ramp. Would require a pretty precise parking too. Not sure this a a viable solution for all te cargo operators.
There is obviously a reason to use them, with all procedures in place for this established western operator. They wouldn't do it if it was irrelevant.
For longer versions of aircraft 737-9/9) and 747 they are use frequently, specially for Carg versions.
Also ATR use them, those are short. Fedex will probably need a lot of them http://wadaphoto.jp/kikou/images8/myanmar218.jpg