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Old 04-28-2010, 08:10 PM
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Default How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

I recently purchased a Fiberclassics Giles 202 42% and I am trying to figure out how to secure it in my 12' trailer. What are some successful ways of securing large aircraft like this for transport in trailers? Photos would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 04-28-2010, 08:15 PM
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Photos will have to wait until tomorrow, I'm afraid...however:

I use angle iron...the stuff with the holes along each leg.  I run several pieces, about 1-2' long, "horizontally" on the trailer floor, at various distances from front to back.

That gives me nice tie down points...park the airplane over them, and stretch bungee cords around gear, or over vert stabs, or whatever works best, and hook it to the angle iron anchored to the floor.

Best way I can describe it until i can get some pics is to think of it like this:

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Where each = is an angle iron.  

The other "trick" I've found is that Lowe's (and probably others) sells some indoor/outdoor carpet that has a nifty "feature"...velcro sticks to it.  So, I made up some wheel chocks with velcro on the bottom, and then long velcro straps, and can use that to keep wheels in place, strap down wings, whatever needs doing.

Hope that makes sense...I'll try to get better pictures tomorrow.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Ok, just realized the "formatting" of my little "drawing" up there kinda blew up...hopefully the concept still makes sense though.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

I'll try to get some pics tomorrow too. My set up is similar to gboultons. I use aluminum angle, 3/8ths by 3/8s by 3 inches long screwed to the floor for my wheel chocks then I use a small bungee aroud the landing gear that hooks to a screw eye on the inside of the chocks. I've gone on 2 thousand mile trips and they never budge.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Here's what I do. I just put in a the floor this weekend. I use a little smaller block for the back of the wheel to allow for wheel pants. I am going to use an epoxy floor paint to seal it. If I didnt need the floor to be removable I would put a checkerboard tile down.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:38 PM
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Here's what I do. I just put in a the floor this weekend. I use a little smaller block for the back of the wheel to allow for wheel pants. I am going to use an epoxy floor paint to seal it. If I didnt need the floor to be removable I would put a checkerboard tile down.


Ha ha, you just saved from taking a pic of mine. That's exactly how I secure mine. I just used aluminum angle for my chocks instead of wood.
Old 04-29-2010, 06:47 AM
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Two inch wide, long as needed Velcro screwed to the floor/shelf with a single screw and large washer. Wrap the velcro around the bottom of the landing gear. Nothing else is needed.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Thanks guys I will try to figure out something that will work for my trailer! Have you ever had one jump the chocks?

Thanks,
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Thanks guys I will try to figure out something that will work for my trailer! Have you ever had one jump the chocks?

Thanks,
Mark

I've hauled mine a LOT of miles and never had one jump the chocks. As long as you have it bungeed down you'll be fine. If you feel the need, you can always go with bigger chocks.
Old 05-04-2010, 08:19 AM
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ORIGINAL: IFlyEm35

Here's what I do. I just put in a the floor this weekend. I use a little smaller block for the back of the wheel to allow for wheel pants. I am going to use an epoxy floor paint to seal it. If I didnt need the floor to be removable I would put a checkerboard tile down.

Been doing mine this way for almost 20 years now, and I've never had any plane move or come loose, not once.

For the tailwheel, I wrap a small bungee around the tailwheel strut, and then attach the bungee to an "eye" screwed into the floor on each side of the tailwheel.

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40% Yak-54 (3.3m, 3W200TS) in a Daewoo Nubira Wagon; (enginecowl is normally screwed on the plane, no problem with transport)





This Yak a lot bigger then my 40% Extra's (3.2m) so with an Extra in this car, there is still some free space
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Next time you are out at Grantsville #2 look for the Mitchell brothers. Glen and Scott. They transport a few giant scale sport planes in a trailer with brackets mounted on the inside walls of the trailer.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

Check out gearlegs.com

I have 2 sets in my Pace 6x10 trailer, and they have already saved one of my big planes when I had to brake hard to miss hitting an idiot.

They send Velcro with the legs to secure your aircraft, but I use heavy duty construction clamps just my preference.


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Old 02-27-2012, 07:26 PM
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I did NOT place any attachments in the above post Don't know what that is.
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

If your airplane has removable tailplanes, do you prefer to remove them for transportation completely or simply take the tube off and fold them against the fuse?

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Old 03-05-2012, 05:51 PM
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

This is how I haul my 43% PAU Edge 540.



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2ROBINHOOD, I was following you down Deurer street a few months ago, i was wondering if you were taking back roads because of the 35%er
hanging out.
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2ROBINHOOD, I was following you down Deurer street a few months ago, i was wondering if you were taking back roads because of the 35%er
hanging out.
I have a private field I fly at on Leipzig Ave.
I fly all by my lonesome.
It's a 40 acre field that I cut a 300' X 800' landing area in the center.
Do you have a brother named Steve ?

Here is a video of the field and my 43%er that is in the truck hauling pictures above.

[link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e66iyqLfbOk[/link]
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Default RE: How Do You Transport Your Large Aircraft?

If this is the "Stealth" Vess prop, I´d rather not hear the "Regular" Vess...:-)
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If this is the ''Stealth'' Vess prop, I´d rather not hear the ''Regular'' Vess...:-)

Yes it is.
The Vess Stealth carbon prop in a 32C on a DA-150 with RE3 pipes.
t is an awesome prop and it is a 100% keeper, you just really need throttle control.
When it rips, it rips loud.


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