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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.”

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Gatwick Airport

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

loads laterally.

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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