Aircraft Handling And Storage

Aircraft Handling and Storage

Aircraft need to be moved on the ground, between flights, for a variety of reasons, which can include:

  • Moving aircraft into/within hangars for maintenance.
  • Re-positioning aircraft for ground running or storm protection.
  • Emergency removal of aircraft from a taxi-way.

It is important that the aircraft be moved safely, using the correct equipment, to avoid injury to personnel or damage to aircraft. Generally, small aircraft requires little preparation. But with larger aircraft, some or all of the following points may be relevant.

  • Preparation for the reception of the aircraft should be made in advance of its arrival. There should be an adequate space available for the aircraft, with consideration given to clearances for jacking, access for cranes etc.
  • All equipment required for servicing should be available and serviceable.
  • The aircraft should be in a satisfactory condition to move. The brakes should be serviceable and electrical power should be available, if required, for lights and indications in dark or poor light.
  • The route of the proposed move should be free from obstructions such as servicing platforms, passenger steps, vehicles and any other servicing equipment.
  • Consideration should also be given to sources of F.O.D. along the route.
  • The members of the moving team should be fully conversant with their assigned tasks. The person controlling the move should adequately brief them all, as to their individual responsibilities. This applies equally to the re-positioning a light aircraft in a hangar or to the moving of a giant airliner around a large international airport.
  • The equipment and method of move should be as stated in the relevant aircraft maintenance manual.
  • All towing limitations should be observed. These should be stated in the maintenance manual under "Ground Handling". Examples of limitations include minimum turning radii and disconnection of nose-wheel steering system on certain aircraft.
  • Clearance from the local Air Traffic Control may be required for the move.