tional contracts within the forestry sector.
Managing Director, Garry Russell. says:
“Besides utilising our own equipment we have
been hiring in a couple of Volvo trucks recently
to fulfil our commitments on forestry contracts.
We felt it was time to make the investment and
knowing the overall reputation of the Volvo
product in terms of quality and residual values,
we decided to purchase one for ourselves.”
Specifically to meet GTR Contract’s requirements,
the new A25G has been fitted with the full cantilever
tailgate for maximum load retention and most impor-
tantly has been supplied with low profile 750/65R25
wheels and tyres.
“Having the truck running on floatation tyres is
absolutely critical for working on forest roads
since the ultra-low ground bearing pressure
prevents damage and rutting and lessens the
impact on the environment.”
Access Platform Modified for
Thomas Cook Airlines
The Engineering Department of Thomas Cook Airlines,
based at London Gatwick, were looking for totally flexible
machines for operational usage in handling aircraft com-
ponents and assisting in the removal of damaged parts
on the airplane.
A Manitou MRT 2540 rotary telescopic met their
requirement as a truly multi- purpose machine. It is
equipped with a 3 metre fixed access platform with a
600 kg capacity plus 3 persons.
A winch is attached to the frame of the platform
allowing up to 300 kg capacity on the hook which is ideal
for handling high value aircraft components.
A trap door is fitted to the floor of the platform en-
abling the platform operator to position the basket over
the area for maintenance.
Drop down toeplates or kick boards ensures it is
easier to work alongside the aircraft. Proximity ultra
sound sensors are fitted to the platform to avoid collision
damage as well as infrared sensors which are located
on the boom. Two metre blade length forks were sup-
plied in addition to the standard forks for handling the
The pentagonal cross-section design of the telescopic
boom is rigid thereby reducing lateral oscillation.
Cost management is critical to Thomas Cook Airlines
and the Engineering Department at London Gatwick
Airport where the cost of hiring a hangar is prohibitive.
Crane operation is not permitted in the vicinity of the
airport without the authority of the Civil Aviation
Authority, which can take up to 4 weeks.
Therefore, the MRT 2540 is the perfect solution to
avoid aircraft being ‘parked up’ for 28 days with the ‘on
cost’ of parking fees, fuel navigation fees and flight delay
costs, as well as the general inconvenience, as it normally
takes 3 days to get over any substantial delay .
Manitou dealer, Locators Ltd, have worked very close-
ly with Thomas Cook Airlines to ensure that the bespoke
specification fits the criteria of the customer in a spe-
cialist handling application.
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