Air Cargo Handling System

Air Cargo Handling System


The Air Cargo Handling System is designed to load and unload air cargo containers of different shapes and sizes into airplanes where there is no permanent infrastructure available. The Air Cargo Handling System is also very suitable for the transportation of fragile cargo load containers.


To load the cargo containers inside the airplane with the Air Cargo Handling System you only need compressed air and an airtight surface to move on.


Air Caster Technology


The principle of transportation is based on air caster technology. The air casters operate by means of a flexible rubber membrane that is fed by compressed air. A controlled leakage of the compressed air creates a thin air film between the floor and the air caster. The air caster can float 1/250 inch above the floor with virtually no friction. It only requires 1 kg of pulling force to move a weight of 10,000 kg.


Weight (and fuel) savings on the cargo handling equipment

No high investments for automated cargo handling equipment in the aircraft necessary

No high investments in required infrastructure

Can be operated by one person

Simple construction, requires very little maintenance

Virtually friction free movement of cargo containers

Precise positioning of the cargo containers

Not connected to the aircraft, so no certification needed

Can be used for every type of ULD and other freight containers

No point loads on the aircraft deck and the bottom of the containers


Option 1

An external logistics device carries the air cargo container in the aircraft. The Air Cargo Handling System lifts the container and the employee moves it to the correct position in the airplane. After fixing the cargo load in the body of the aircraft, the Air Cargo Handling System can leave the aircraft.


Option 2

The Air Cargo Handling System is loaded on a truck, together with the cargo container that is already in position. After the Air Cargo Handling System is attached to the aircraft, the Air Cargo Handling System can be carried on the aircraft in the same way as the cargo as described under option 1.

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