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5 Must Dos When Transporting Your Million Dollar Asset

Have you wondered what would happen to your engine if something went wrong in transport?

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aircraft engine 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.

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The Truth About Aircraft Engine Transport

If you lived in a world where turbine engines grew on trees, aircraft engine transport would be irrelevant. Unfortunately this is not the case.

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Moving engines is a task all airlines will experience at some point. You may even experience it several times a year depending on your fleet size.

You put trust into the companies you designate to organize the logistics of its transport. And trust is important.

These are machines that can cost as little as $250,000 and skyrocket to multi-million dollar assets. There’s no room for error and we see constant mistakes from our experiences with freight forwarders who have moved our engines.

When you’re shipping your engine keep this in mind.

Be Prepared For The Unexpected

Rarely do things go according to plan 100% of the time. There may be schedule changes, import issues, improper documents, mother nature, or many other things

When it comes to aircraft engine transport, the number one delay is cargo carriers bumping the freight. When and if you decide to ship your engine air freight allocate time for delays.

Delays are common and unavoidable and will undoubtedly occur. Whether it's a flat tire during land transport, loading issues, lazy freight forwarders or the 1,000 other things, delays are certain. Adding an additional 7 days to your transport time is ideal.

Unless you’re AOG in which the higher fees will ensure expedited shipment.

Another common problem with engine transport is unclassified HAZMAT. You will be shocked at how many shippers and freight forwarders don’t think engines are HAZMAT. It is ideal to tell your shipper that your engine is hazardous material from the beginning. This will avoid last minute DG documentation and the proper process for dangerous goods export.

Aircraft Engine Transport Reliability

Moving your valuable assets is important and we live in a world where international transport is required.

Just as you would when you choose an aircraft spare parts vendor, you must choose a partner or freight forwarder who can manage your shipment properly.

Without choosing the right partner your engine will experience significant delays, transport issues and even damage.

When there is communication through the entire logistics process, you’ll be less stressed, your asset will be in good condition and your life will be much easier.

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