Cargo securment

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Binder75, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Binder75

    Binder75 Bobtail Member

    Mar 31, 2019
    I'm looking for any advice on a load new to me. Transporting helicopters and how would some go about securing them. Dont know if they have body mounted securment points or if I have to go another way. Brand new helicopters so they are vacuum wrapped from the factory.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2019
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  3. DL550CAT

    DL550CAT Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Waynesburg, Pa
    I’m sure they will have tie down points. The problem might be the tie down loops may be to small to get a tie down through. Aircraft are light and can be damaged. You don’t need a lot of down force. Angle your tie downs so you’re not relying on just down force to keep it in place.
    With proper equipment I think you’ll find they are nice easy light load.
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  4. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    They should have tie down points on them.
    They should be marked.
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  5. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    Yes they have tie-downs, always check with the on duty FAA Certified mechanic as to where to tie-down a particular aircraft. There should be instructions in the shipping doc's, follow them to the letter.

    I've hauled helos, but they have to do with stuff I can't discuss, coming and going to places, I can't discuss, loading, unloading by means I can not discuss, Hmmm Maybe I really wasn't there at all...
  6. I glide 47

    I glide 47 Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2017
    Been there seen you there got the tee shirt!
  7. Hayfieldmn

    Hayfieldmn Light Load Member

    Sep 10, 2016
    That is a dream load of mine. A big millitary helicopter on my lowboy. Cant wait to haul one some day.
  8. Joetro

    Joetro Road Train Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Post Falls, ID
    I hauled open-deck stuff for many years and that was one thing I never got to haul.
  9. FLHT

    FLHT Medium Load Member

    Aug 2, 2014
    If the shipper will not provide loading instructions do yourself a big favor and drive away. One wrong strap placement could cost you thousands.
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  10. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Aircraft are really delicate believe it or not.

    Im half tempted to parrot FLHT's post.

    They are not that heavy, just real TOP heavy with all the engine stuff up top. If you dropped one, it's going to flop over onto it's roof first.

    I don't do hauling aircraft. There was a A6 Intruder ####pit remains used in the movie Flight of the Intruder shipped to a museum on the west coast once on a step deck. It's not my load. Someone else had it and precious careful securement on that one. I remember it well from fueling next to him that day.
  11. Consult the customer on how they want this handled, we can give you all the advice In the world.

    You need to find out exactly how they want it done. And by all means take pictures of contact points only. If shipper will let you. Incase someone on other end says you damaged the bird.
    My exposure was a salvaged bell 407,. It looked like the hospital ones that open in rear. No blades or motor, but had very anal shipper and receiver piss and moan about the tiedown points.

    I stayed In a holiday inn Express last night.
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