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How to lift a helicopter

How to lift a helicopter

We instinctively think of helicopters as being perfectly capable of lifting themselves autonomously even in the most difficult operating conditions. And yet, now, and then they too need a little ‘help’ while waiting to take flight. Verlinde hoists installed by Handel Sollevamenti allow carrying out maintenance on the Elifriulia fleet in total safety. Elifrulia, the longest-established operator in the business operating in the Italian helicopter services and flight school market, tells us about it.

“We provide helicopter services for private individuals, large companies and public authorities, operating in an extremely demanding and competitive market that requires vehicles that are always perfectly efficient and maintained according to the strictest international standards,” explains Claudio Girardi, Maintenance Manager at Elifriulia. “We recently turned to Handel Sollevamenti to help us optimise handling procedures related to helicopter maintenance activities, in particular, the replacement of engines, which are located in the upper part of the aircraft below the blades. Specifically, we were interested in creating a structure that would allow us not to be forced to dismantle the engines to carry out some of the more recurrent maintenance activities.”

Federico Alcido, Area Manager of Handel Sollevamenti, continues: "The guiding principle of our company has always been to create solutions with attention to every detail and tailored to the individual needs of each of our customers. In this specific case, after a careful inspection and analysis of the requirements in collaboration with Elifriulia technicians, we opted for a gantry crane on steerable wheels equipped with eight motors: 4 dedicated to rotation/steering and another four dedicated to moving the structure from one hangar to another.”

Handel Sollevamenti's objective was to design a structure that could comply with the stringent dimensional limits imposed by the configuration of the Elifriulia maintenance site, but at the same time ensure that operators could always work safely, thanks to the possibility of rotating on itself and positioning itself correctly for use according to the activities to be carried out on the helicopters.

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