in the air, these aircraft fuselage sections are on the move again, albeit by road. In a matter of weeks, they will be converted into crew training facilities, deployed elsewhere in the world to play a vital role in helping to ensure passenger safety.
Whilst these particular sections travelled from the UK to Germany, possibly the most challenging project some years ago involved the recovery of a damaged BAE146 from Samsun Airport on the Black Sea, returning to the UK, complete with wings, tail fin and engines. With this particular specialist transport, remaining on the same trailers throughout the journey was a pre-condition in securing the contract – no mean feat over such a distance!
Slightly further up the spectrum, the more sophisticated cabin and fuselage sections are capable of replicating evacuation procedures including darkness, smoke, the use of the slides, life jackets etc. One notable project involved delivery of a cabin simulator to an airport on the outskirts of Moscow, still under part military control, involving high level security clearance for everyone involved.
All in a day’s work for the STG team.