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Dimensions & Weight
The two 16 foot-long legs that support the main vertical column make up the footprint of your Aero-Lift. These two legs form a perfect right angle at the base of the vertical column. As far as the height of your Aero-Lift is concerned, the top of the vertical column is 14”8”. Since the legs form a right angle at the base of the vertical column, all of the space below your Aero-Lift is free and open thus available for whatever use you require. Your Aero-Lift will raise the gear of your aircraft 10 feet above the hangar floor and will provide a full 10 feet of clearance for the vertical stabilizer of a lower aircraft you can nest below.
Your Aero-Lift is also available with a Floor Mount Option that allows the vertical column to be bolted directly to the floor in your hangar. This approach provides all of the benefits of the Aero-Lift with the footprint on your hangar floor being less than 3 square feet.
Your Aero-Lift assembly weighs approximately 2,700 lbs. Of course the Aero-Lift consists of several components that make up this weight. The single heaviest component is the vertical column that weighs approximately 750 lbs.
Stable in Earthquakes
Your Aero-Lift was designed to meet the demanding specifications of the California Uniform Building Code (UBC) with regard to earthquake stability and safety. If added protection is required or desired, your Aero-Lift can be fitted with the optional Seismic Isolation System that creates the absolute safest and most robust earthquake readiness configuration.
All of the structural elements of your Aero-Lift are designed and manufactured to precision specifications and close tolerances. The chain is rated to 20,000 lbs. The Aero-Lift has been load tested to 125% of its rated capacity.
The Aero-Lift electric chain hoist is designed for frequent use, features advanced hoist technology, easy serviceability and industry-leading quality. The hoist incorporates a fail-safe pull rotor brake which is electrically activated and requires no adjustment. A built-in slip clutch protects the hoist against over-travel and over-load damage. These two features work in conjunction to provide absolute control and safety. Stop the lift at any position within its travel range and it will not move. If power fails, the lift stops and stays in position. It will not move until power is restored and you operate the control pendant.
The "Not In Motion" portion of most aircraft insurance policies makes no distinction between an aircraft resting on the floor of the hangar or resting on any type of hoist. Because your policy coverage can change and not all policies are written identically, we encourage you to verify your policy coverage for Aero-Lift applications with your insurance underwriter or agent.
Capacity: Aero-Lift is a precision machine designed to raise one, light, single piston engine aircraft. Maximum lifted load limit is 2,500 lbs. Maximum aircraft main landing gear wheel-base is 12-feet, zero-inches.
Dimensions: Fully assembled, the Aero-Lift is 16-feet x 16-feet x 14-feet eight-inches high.
Lift Clearance: 10-foot headroom from finished floor level to lowest lift-surface at maximum Aero-Lift extension.
Frame Construction: The Aero-Lift framework is engineered to provide a strong, safe lifting mechanism. Major frame components are constructed of welded structural steel with a factory-applied, powder-coated finish for years of maintenance-free service.
Assembly: Aero-Lift is a precision machine. Aero-Lift is assembled on-site using common hand tools and a fork-lift, crane or other mechanism to lift heavy parts into assembly position. Components are joined using high-strength machine bolts. Proper field assembly is critical to developing Aero-Lift’s rated strength and capacity.
Floor Bearing: The assembled Aero-Lift is designed to bear directly on a suitable, level concrete floor. Optional castors can be employed to reposition the un-loaded lift within the hangar space.
Configurations: Aero-Lift can be configured either for tricycle gear (nose wheel) or conventional gear (tail wheel) aircraft as standard, or both types as an option.
Wheel Scoops: Adjustable, low-profile steel wheel scoops with steel safety chocks
Lift Control: Pendant control box with 11-foot long pendant cord. Simple two-button (Up-Down) operation
Electrical Hook-up: Aero-Lift ships with a 15-foot long electrical cord, and for 115VAC service, it is equipped with a standard 3-prong grounding plug.
Hoist Mechanism: The Harrington EFS series electric chain hoist is a completely self-contained unit designed for daily use in light industry. The hoist features advanced hoist technology, easy serviceability and industry-leading quality.
Aero-Lift Optional Accessories:
Aero-Lift Warranty: One-year from shipment date
Shipping Container: The Aero-Lift is packaged in a disposable/recyclable wooden shipping crate. The crate dimensions are 26-inches wide by 42-inches tall by 16-feet long. Approximate shipping weight is 3,000 lbs and delivery is via motor freight. A fork-lift is highly recommended for unloading the crate from the motor freight delivery truck.
Aero-Lift Aircraft Storage Lift Weight Specifications
Storage Weight Capacity and Calculation
The Aero-Lift was designed to accommodate any aircraft that has a Storage Weight of less than 2,500 lbs and a total gear width of less than 12 feet. With this in mind the Aero-Lift can safely and efficiently lift over 98% of all single engine, piston driven GA aircraft. When considering the capacity of your Aero-Lift please remember to calculate the Storage Weight of your aircraft, which is not the same as the aircraft's Gross Weight. The best way to calculate the Storage Weight is to determine your aircraft's Empty Weight (from your Pilot’s Operating Handbook) then add in the weight of the fuel that you typically store in the aircraft, plus any other items like portable oxygen tanks, charts, chart bags, spare oil, tie-downs and emergency kits, etc. that remain in the aircraft. Remember, the Storage Weight of your aircraft should be less than its maximum certified Gross Weight.
Storage Weight = Empty Weight + (Fuel Gallons x 6) + Other Items
Please refer to the ARM Aerospace weight specifications chart for a complete listing of GA aircraft with the Empty Weights and Storage Weights.
Beyond that, it is really more a question of how your target aircraft will stack in your hangar. ARM Aerospace offers a Free Hangar Analysis. With this tool we can determine the optimal placement of your Aero-Lift and aircraft. This visualization demonstrates that everything fits in your hangar properly.
Aero-Lift Stores Virtually Any Light, Single
Aero-Lift’’s unique design can accommodate a wide range of airframes and landing gear configurations. You can specify either tricycle or tail-wheel, or you can order an Aero-Lift outfitted for both styles for maximum flexibility. This dual configuration is particularly popular with FBO and high-density hangaring operators who need to address a wide range of aircraft storage requirements.
Your Aero-Lift will raise the gear of your aircraft 10 feet above the hangar floor and will provide a full 10 feet of clearance for the vertical stabilizer of another aircraft stored on the hangar floor, directly below. Same hangar space – two aircraft.
Hangar Fit and Fit Resolution in Small T-Hangars
Do your planes fit in your small T-Hangar?
Your small T-Hangar is bigger than you think and your planes are smaller than you think.
Your Aero-Lift will physically fit in any aircraft hangar that has 14’8” of ceiling clearance for the vertical column. Beyond that, it is really more a question of determining the best way to configure the target aircraft in your hangar. ARM Aerospace offers a Free Hangar Analysis. With this tool we combine the three views of your specific aircraft, along with a plan view of your hangar, and determine the optimal placement of your Aero-Lift and aircraft. This visualization demonstrates that everything fits in your hangar properly. ARM's Hangar Analysis produces a drawing depicting the exact placement of all of the components of your Aero-Lift solution, is free of charge and is available to you upon receipt of the accurate measurements and specifications requested.
ARM Aerospace has experts in fitting two planes in small hangars. We will perform a custom review of your hangar to determine if you have a fit and how it will work. We even have tricks to assist in fitting the planes.
For examples aircraft that will fit and representations of configurations, please download the pdf file.
For detailed information regarding the fit of your specific aircraft in your hangar, please contact Arm Aerospace. We will be happy to provide you with a detailed Hangar Analysis drawing.
What is the Foundation or Floor Mount Option and what is required?
Many Aero-Lift owners who are building a hangar, or are able to retrofit their current hangar, can opt to have the vertical column of the Aero-Lift mounted directly to the floor of their hangar rather than utilizing the supporting legs. This optional configuration provides the most available clear floor space in your hangar, as the legs are no longer required to support the column.
ARM Aerospace will provide you with blueprints and engineering diagrams for the foundation option. The structure that supports the column is basically a rebar cage, inside a horizontal concrete channel in the floor of the hangar that is roughly 2 feet deep, 3 feet wide and 12 feet long. The rebar cage and channel runs from the base of the column out 12 feet, at an angle, approximately to the CG of the aircraft, i.e. middle of the lift platform.
The Aero-Lift is attached to the floor with a special base plate that uses J-receiver style bolt-ins (basically a large piece of rebar with a receiving nut) that is encased in the concrete and sits flush with the concrete floor of the hangar. There are 10 bolts to mount the base. The base plate is approximately 14" x 18". The column bolts to this base plate using the same bolt holes as the standard legs, 5 bolts in each side. This allows the lift to be reconfigured to accept the standard legs at a later time.
The Aero-Lift can be assembled in 2 to 4 man-hours. This does not include receiving, uncrating and reading the Installation Manual. It is preferable to have an installation team of 2 people available for the assembly of your Aero-Lift. Some parts are awkward and heavy and are more easily and safely handled with more than one person.
Special Equipment Required to Raise Vertical Column
The preferred method for removing the crate from the truck is a forklift. We recommend that the crate is then set very near where you will set the vertical column. The crate is packed so that the vertical column is tilted straight out of the box into position using a come-a-long, chain hoist, block and tackle or the forklift itself. Once the vertical column is tilted into position the rest of the components (legs, cross beam, motor, etc.) literally "bolt-on" to the vertical column. The legs are approximately 16 feet long and weigh approximately 150 lbs. The vertical column is 14’8” and weighs approximately 750 lbs. and is equipped with a top lifting point.
ARM Aerospace recognizes that the lift is a heavy piece of equipment and that most hangar owners may not have large technical lifting equipment available. We have devoted careful thought and engineering design into the packaging of your Aero-Lift to make the assembly at your hangar is as straightforward as possible.
Other Tools Needed
Your Aero-Lift is assembled and tested at our manufacturing facility, leaving only a few components to be bolted together to make your Aero-Lift operational. The assembly of these components can be accomplished with simple hand tools. A list of the specific hand tools required is outlined in the Assembly, Operating and Maintenance Manual.
Usually there is someone with mechanical expertise in the field who can be hired to either help with or complete the installation.
Uses basic three-prong outlet
Your Aero-Lift and its drive motor are designed to plug into any standard wall socket with a three-prong plug. The Aero-Lift is no different than any other tool or appliance that you may already have at your hangar, i.e. air compressor, refrigerator, table saw, etc. Technically the motor is 115V single phase reversible that draws 7 amps continuous and 12.1amps at startup and full stall. The hoist motor is a totally enclosed, squirrel cage type, with CSA electrical certification, IP55 environmental protection, Class A motor insulation and is rated at 0.73 horsepower. We recommend a circuit and breaker or fuse rated at 115VAC, 20 amps. If an extension cord must be employed, make sure it is rated at 20 amps, and keep its length less than 40 feet.
Relocation after Assembly
Your Aero-Lift weighs approximately 2,700 lbs when fully assembled. So, placement in the correct position during your initial installation is critical. If you need to relocate or adjust the position of the Aero-Lift, a substantial amount of disassembly and reassembly is required. However, ARM Aerospace realizes that there are often situations where the position of your Aero-Lift needs to be adjusted in your hangar. To make the Aero-Lift as flexible as possible, ARM Aerospace offers a Castering Option for your Aero-Lift. The Castering Option lets you raise the fully assembled Aero-Lift easily and quickly onto three casters so one person can roll it around your hangar. The Castering Option is extremely popular as it allows for adjustments in the position of the lift during, and after, the final assembly process is complete.