Patent Number: 6,292,999

Title: Method of installing and removing jet aircraft engine

Abstract: An aircraft engine shipping system includes a frame assembly for supporting the aircraft engine, and a cradle assembly mounted on the frame assembly for securing the aircraft engine to the frame assembly. The frame assembly includes shock absorbers to provide continual shock absorption to an aircraft engine loaded thereon. The shipping system may be configured in either a truck or air transport mode. In the truck transport mode, the aircraft engine is secured to the cradle assembly by way of an aft ring which attaches to the aft portion of the aircraft, and a pair of cradle arms which attach to the forward portion of the aircraft engine. In the air transport mode, the aircraft engine is attached to the cradle assembly by way of the aft ring, and a forward ring which attaches directly to the fan of the aircraft engine. In the air transport mode, the cradle arms are disconnected from the aircraft engine and rotated away from the engine in a stowed position. While in the air transport mode, the aircraft engine may be rotated wherein the forward and aft rings cooperate to achieve rotation of the aircraft engine. A jack system is used to raise or lower the aircraft engine in either the truck or air transport modes.

Inventors: Rossway; Ronald A. (Aurora, CO), Hatch; Robert F. (Aurora, CO), Suroosh; Behzad B. (Evergreen, CO)

Assignee: Stanley Aviation Corporation

International Classification: F01D 25/28 (20060101); F02C 7/00 (20060101); B23Q 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018