Have you wondered what would happen to your engine if something went wrong in transport?
You rely on many people and the more logistical hands that are involved the more likely something will occur. The transportation industry is a collaboration. Scary I know.
From the shipper, trucking agency, airport operations, export compliance, to air freight, import inspections to the final destination. Things can get unorganized fast.
And the biggest problem of all is that most of these people fail to understand the importance of what they're shipping.
After all, they wouldn't be able to transport freight without the same type of engine. Am I right?
Without aircraft engines the transportation industry would go back to the early 1900’s.
They should understand the importance and ensure safe travel but unfortunately that's not always the case.
Safe Aircraft Engine Transport
You may not think you can tolerate delays, but when looking at the healthy transport of your aircraft engine, you can.
Would you rather have a delayed engine and a possible AOG, or a damaged multi-million asset?
This is an easy answer but both are critically important to your operation.
With one your operations are delayed and with another it’s not only delayed but your asset will need further repair. Cha-Ching!
Aircraft engine transport isn't like overnighting a rotable that’s replaceable instantaneously. Aircraft engines are scarce and require specifications approved for your specific operation.
5 Small But Critical Must Dos
You call your vendor and tell them you need this engine at this place by this time. Now if it were only that easy. Once you have it scheduled, ensure these 5 things are accomplished:
1) The engine must be secured on a quality engine stand. Don’t settle for a rusty, dated piece of junk. We wouldn't deliberately build a $400,000 home on a sink hole would we?
2) The engine must be tarped, tarped and tarped again. Using flimsy plastic won’t do you any good. Once the engine is on the truck the plastic will flap in the wind and need to be removed. Once it’s removed your engine is open to the elements…not good. Invest in good tarps and you and your supplier can reuse them.
3) Make sure the engine is strapped by the bottom of the engine stand. When your shipper straps the engine stand randomly, they typically tighten areas that eliminate the shock absorption capabilities of the engine stand. The engine stand is to be tied down in the designated areas only.
4) If the engine is going by land freight, it MUST be on a air ride trailer. Once the engine is ready for transport it will more than likely need to go by land for some period of time. Whether short or long haul it’s an absolute must that it travels on an air ride trailer. If it doesn't the engine’s calibration can easily be compromised.
5) Rely on a trusted partner for secure export / import. Because you can’t be in all places at once, rely on a trusted partner to ensure your engines safety. For example, when importing to and exporting from the United States Skylink can make sure that all of these things are accomplished before transport begins. There are even options to physically see it through.
These small steps are critical to the success of your aircraft engine transport. By ensuring these small things, you can save yourself not only the disruption of a damaged engine but thousands of dollars for avoidable repair.
Ship smart, ship safe and ship with a trusted vendor.