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Aircraft maintenance involves overhaul, repair, inspection/modification of an aircraft. The Engine Support Cradle being a part of aircraft maintenance can ensure safety and engine support.
The engine cradle is attached to the transporter stand via four support/locking positions situated on the underside of each longitudinal box section. These are coincident with four brackets on the transporter stand, (which are attached to the transporter stand via shock absorbers), to reduce engine vibration. Securing is achieved by means of cradle pins.
The ‘C’ frame engine support structure at H3 and H4, maximises engine accessibility, and is fabricated in the form of a semi-curved section for maximum strength.
There are Qty 4 integral vertical stabilizing jacks situated at the four corners of the cradle frame, which when locked in the raised position enable the cradle to be used as a stand alone work stand, and also for removal from the transporter stand by a fork truck.
In order to ensure proper aircraft maintenance it is important know how to remove the cradle from the transportation base with a fork truck. You have to follow these instructions:
Remove jack lock pins.
For installation of the cradle into the transportation stand with a fork truck, follow these instructions in reverse order.
All locking pins should be regularly inspected for wear or jamming and replaced if necessary. Any examination of the cradle should ensure that a full complement of locking pins, swing bolts, nuts and trunnions exist for securing. Any shortfall should be replaced, grease the trunnion swivel clamps regularly at the grease nipples. There is need to protect the trunnions from possible corrosion whenever the cradle is stored outside.
Most accidents are the result of disregarding standard safety rules in operation or improper servicing and aircraft maintenance of equipment. This equipment is designed to safely transport aircraft engines when used correctly. It is not fool proof, and it is the operator’s responsibility to operate the equipment correctly and in a safe manner.
The operator is responsible for reporting any deficiencies, unusual noises, or incorrect operating conditions to supervisory personnel. It is also the responsibility of the user of this equipment to discontinue use until they are assured that the problem has been corrected.
Correct use and a good preventative maintenance program, including periodic lubricating, adjustment, and immediate correction of defects revealed through regular inspections, will not only contribute to safe operation, but will also extend the useful service life of this equipment.
It is important to note that failure to observe regular inspections, routine aircraft maintenance or improper operation of the equipment will automatically void any warranty.