How much hanger space do I need for an Aero-Lift?
The mast, or vertical column, for the Aero-Lift is 14 feet 8 inches high. The legs are 15 feet long in two directions, 90 degrees to each other. Most small “T” hangers have the door height at 12 feet, so the mast should be assembled in the hanger and placed close to the hanger apex as its final position. If you have a shed type hanger, contact Arm Aerospace to work out where the lift should be placed to obtain the 10 foot lift without impacting the vertical stabilizer/roof line interface.
What gross weight can the Aero-Lift support?
The current Aero-Lift is rated at 2500 pound aircraft weight using an electric hoist. There is a LSA version, Aero-Lift Lite, which is rated at 1500 pounds that uses a mechanical chainfall type hoist. The aircraft weight is defined as the empty weight of the aircraft plus the fuel load you typically leave in the aircraft during storage, it is not the gross weight of the aircraft.
Does the Aero-Lift need to be permanently installed in my hanger?
No, the Aero-Lift unit is not attached to the hanger at all. It is a free standing unit that can be moved in the hanger with the optional caster kit, Because it is not part of the hanger itself, the lift should not be affected by building codes, but check your local codes. To our knowledge, the “Not In Motion” portion of insurance policies make no distinction between an aircraft resting on the floor of the hanger or resting on a hoist.
What safety features are designed into the Aero-Lift?
All of the structural elements of the unit are designed and assembled to exacting manufacturing and engineering standards. Prototypes are tested to limits 2X the rated limit, electric hoists have ratings 2X the load, and safety chains are grade 80 rated. Electric hoists have dual brake systems and are backed up with a safety chain. The Aero-Lift Lite 1500 pound mechanical chainfall hoist has a mechanical brake system and is backed up with an external grade 80 chain, as well. In short, the lift is extremely strong and safe, as verified by our insurance rating.
How is the Aero-Lift shipped to my hanger?
Your Aero-Lift will be shipped in a large wooden container approximately 15 ft X 4ft X2.5 ft and weighing about 3000 pounds. It is typically shipped in a semi- trailer and is trucked right to your hanger door. Once the unit has been manufactured, the shipping time is 3 to 10 days depending on the area of the country where you are located. It is recommended to have a fork lift or other handling equipment on hand when the truck arrives to unload.
What tools are required to assemble the lift and how long does it take?
The assembly of the lift is best done with a fork lift or other lifting equipment, primarily for handling the 750 pound mast assembly. Assembling the rest of the structure is done with simple hand tools. The lift can usually be assembled in a work day with two people once the shipping crate is positioned and opened in the hanger. A lot of effort has been used to design a simple, but safe assembly in the most straightforward and timely manner.
I am a Flight School/FBO/Maintenance facility and I would like to use the Aero-Lift in my business. What should I know about the Aero-Lift in commercial application?
Since coming to the market some 10+ years ago, about half the Aero-Lifts are in commercial operation. The 2500 Aero-Lift is designed for the demands of a commercial operation with appropriate duty cycles for high volume activities. The low wing jackpoint kit was specifically designed to address the needs of FBO operations as the kit addresses most of the three major low wing aircraft, Piper, Mooney and Beechcraft, and will handle most any other low wing aircraft. The landing gear tread is adjustable to accommodate up to a 12 ft. wheelbase.
I have an older Aero-Lift. Are there any future modifications planned and what are the plans for older unit maintenance?
There is a new application for a retrofit cap for the older jackscrew Aero-Lift units that changes the design from a jackscrew to a new chain hoist application. The chain hoist modification kit will consist of mast extension, a yoke insert to accept the chain hoist hook, a template to locate the required new holes in the yoke, two axle rods for the hooks, either an electric hoist or a mechanical chainfall hoist and instructions to install. There is no welding required. Once installed, the retrofit kit is similar to a non-recurring AD in that once it is installed, the lift is close to maintenance free.
For those who have the older jackscrew Aero-Lift design and cannot fit an addition 20 inches over the vertical column, Arm Aerospace will continue to make available the drive unit and Acme screw kit.
What are the resale possibilities for my Aero-Lift should my flying needs change over time?
The original concept of the Aero-Lift, creating more space in the same hanger, has not changed over time. Thus , the value of the Aero-Lift has remained high over the years and it is not unusual to see prices for used Aero-Lifts, when available, to be 70-80% of the original purchase price.
I am considering building a new hanger and would like to avoid the long legs on the floor of the hanger, can I still have the capability to lift the aircraft?
Arm Aerospace has a design specifically for that purpose. It involves more civil work to install a large concrete block with reinforcing rods in the floor and a 2 ft X 2 ft flat plate to mount the vertical column. The design is such that if the owner wants to convert to the leg supported design, it can be easily done. The only advantage of a floor mounted lift is the lack of the legs in the hanger, but the benefit is usually outweighed by the lower cost and mobility of the standard leg supported unit.
What is the difference between the Aero-Lift 2500 pound unit and the Aero-Lift Lite 1500 pound lift?
The Aero-Lift Lite unit has different metal thicknesses incorporated into the design in several places based on the lower weight it is going to lift. The Aero-Lift Lite unit is offered with a mechanical chainfall hoist in lieu of an electric hoist based on the lower initial cost and anticipated lower frequency of operation. An electric hoist for the Aero-Lift Lite is offered as an option. All other options are available for either design.
What if I do not want to install the lift myself?
Although the Aero-Lift instruction manual is complete and clearly written, some may decide not to install the unit themselves. In that case, it is recommended to talk to the local airport mechanics and contract with them to assist in the installation of the lift. Arm Aerospace will support the installation with advice, but does not have a designated field crew for installation.
Can the Aero-Lift be configured for both tailwheel and tricycle gear aircraft?
Yes, the 2500 pound capacity Aero-Lift and the 1500 Aero-Lift Lite can be configured to lift aircraft with either tailwheel or tricycle gear. There is an option that allows one lift to be configured to handle either nosewheel or tailwheel aircraft. Should your needs change due to change in aircraft, the nosewheel option can be added at any time to the tailwheel design and vice versa. Normally, a lift going to FBO operations will have both the nosewheel and tailwheel configurations for flexibility to cover the different designs.
How do I purchase an Aero-Lift unit?
Please contact Arm Aerospace at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888 526 3365.Financing information is also available through Curtiss Funding, ww.curtissfunding.com
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