Loading things onto pallets or containers and then flying them around may seem to be a hard procedure, but it’s not as tough as it appears. However, because to the vast range of aircraft and ULDs (Unit Load Devices, which may carry either a pallet or a container) that can fit in a particular aircraft configuration, the method may be complex. When determining the aircraft and ULD to employ for delivery, accurate cargo measurements are equally as critical as the cargo’s actual weight.
Though airplanes and ULDs may be configured in a number of ways, the two most prevalent methods for securing cargo within an aircraft are lashing and blocking. Skids, a kind of pallet developed for use in aircraft, are one option for delivering your items securely. The skid of an aircraft is a metal pallet with D-rings attached to the exterior edges. These D-rings hold the straps and tie downs that are used to attach the load to the skid. Because most aircraft can transport skids of various sizes, employing them is a smart idea.
Using skids in this manner may be highly advantageous. Typically, these skids are used to convey any kind of freight that can be wrapped up and secured using tie downs and netting. This is also the most common item type delivered. Vehicles may be moved from one site to another during air transport by tying them to a 20-foot skid using tie downs rather than netting.
The employment of containers as a form of product security during air transport is one of the most common practices in this business. ULDs, or internationally standardized loading devices, may take many various shapes to fit the large range of commodities they are meant to transport. (L x W x H) The top deck’s standard proportions, which are boxy and do not need to comply to the aircraft’s curves, are 125 inches by 96 inches by 96 inches, with a maximum gross weight of 15,000 pounds and a volume of 606 feet3.
The upper level must have at least 606 ft3 of space. To fit into the space provided on the aircraft, a few of the upper deck containers are constructed with a wedged or curved top. Because of the plane’s circular shape, these containers are custom-made to accommodate it. They have a maximum gross weight of 13,300 pounds, dimensions of 125 by 88 by 64 inches, and a capacity of 350 cubic feet. Furthermore, their proportions are as follows: 125″ x 88″ x 64″ To cater for the plane’s asymmetrical design, most containers housed below deck will be jammed to one or both sides. This allows us to better use our available storage space.