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Questions tagged [cargo]

Question regarding transport of goods using aircraft.

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Are there little seat belts or other restraints for the organ-containing coolers kept in cockpits?

The NPR podcast A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant features Dr. Joshua Mezrich a surgeon who flies to other hospitals to retrieve organs for transplant ...
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Why do cargo aircraft still have floors?

Even with dedicated cargo aircraft built as cargo aircraft (rather than converted from a passenger-carrying configuration), the cabin is virtually always still divided into an upper and a lower lobe (...
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With positive passenger/bag matching rules, what happens to a bag that does not arrive with the passenger?

According to one answer to Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?, the requirement for Positive Passenger/Bag Matching was ...
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Are there any specific weight or structural reasons to choose low vs. high wings for a cargo aircraft?

I have a large cargo aircraft concept and I am debating between a high or low wing. It seems like both are viable, but intuitively it seems structurally harder to support a high wing. Alternatively ...
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Can non-crewmembers fly in a jumpseat on a cargo aircraft? [duplicate]

Can an employee travel in a cabin jumpseat on a cargo airline? I'm trying to commute in the planes of the company that I work for.
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How much does it cost to install ULD loading systems on A320?

If an Airbus A320 transports bulk cargo and doesn't have a roller track system for ULDs, how much would it cost to install the roller track system to be able to work with ULDs? What is the estimated ...
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Can you identify this unusual plane by its description? [closed]

I saw this plane many years ago: Same shape and size as an commercial airliner. No windows along the fuselage Painted flat gray (like a naval ship) Had a blue circle on its "nose" (Blue painted ...
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What items are allowed on passenger flights but not on cargo ones?

I've only ever sent items by air in suitcases accompanying me in passenger flights. But - I'm about to send some items on a cargo-only flight in a few days. I've been told: Make sure that there are ...
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Are there any regulations preventing one from converting an originally cargo aircraft to ferry passengers?

Are there any regulations preventing one from converting the cargo version of the Airbus A380 for passenger use?
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What is the average number hours flown annually by a commercial cargo aircraft?

I'm hoping someone has already performed some initial research that might support some preliminary economic models for an aircraft design project.
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How was the 'bump' removed from the Airbus P2F?

(Sources: airliners.net, YouTube) How was the 'bump' removed from [the design of] the Airbus P2F? The A330 Freighter based on the A330-200 features a bump / blister / bulge that raises the nose ...
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Why do different sites list different lengths of the lower deck bulk cargo compartment for the A330-300?

From the following two links for Airbus A330-300, the length of "lower deck bulk cargo compartment" has two different values. a) Air China lists the value as 511 cm b) Airbus (see pg. 112) lists the ...
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Does cargo balance affect fuel efficiency in commercial aviation?

Positioning cargo such that the center of gravity of the plane is within a certain range is essential, but is there any advantage to having the center of gravity closer to some ideal point within the ...
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Is training and pay different for cargo and airline pilots?

Do cargo pilots receive different training than airline pilots? Are there notable differences in salary or other benefits? My assumption is that since cargo pilots do not have to deal with passengers,...
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How are large cargo aircraft loaded at airports?

Passenger aircraft are accessed at gates, or using buses. While they are parked waiting for passengers to board, the area they use is billed by the airport. I was wondering what is the procedure for ...
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Where to find the various cargo hold dimensions and volumes of transport aircraft, such as the A330-300?

What are the dimensions of the cargo hold on the Airbus A330-300? (In order to check the usable space for containers or baggage.) I'm looking for the internal dimensions of the hold with its ...
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How much bigger could you realistically make the Antonov 225? [duplicate]

The Antonov 225 is the largest cargo plane in the world. But how much bigger could you REALISTICALLY make it if money wasn't a problem? Could it be say twice as wide? Carry twice the weight? What ...
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Why do some companies perform their freight flights only during the night?

I heard that for example FedEx among others performs the majority of their flights during the night, the same goes for TNT. Is the reason for that is that during the day all of the freight is being ...
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Is it safe to fly on airplane with lithium batteries in cargo hold?

Lithium-ion batteries have the tendency to go on fire. I checked baggage policy of European low cost carriers (easyJet, Ryanair, WizzAir), and while spare batteries are banned from cargo hold, it ...
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For designing a runway, what are the largest cargo airplanes in use?

I am working on a project where I have to design a runway for large cargo planes and I need to know what kind of planes I should assume would land there.
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Are pets/animals in the cargo hold monitored inflight for any sudden medical condition?

My question is more from a long haul flight POV. Does the crew do a mid-flight check etc. What if any animal/pet have a sudden cardiac arrest or some emergency medical situation, will the crew or ...
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What safety differences exist between carrying laptops in checked versus carry-on baggage?

Recent rumors say that the laptop ban might be extended to flights originating in Europe heading for the USA. This made me think, if laptops are not safe for carriage in the cabin how can they be safe ...
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Is it permitted to load a full cargo container onto an aircraft without a roller track loading/locking system?

Aircraft with roller track cargo loading systems transport containers/pallets in the cargo compartments. When an aircraft doesn't consist of a certain system but just a flat floor (so for example a ...
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What alternative designs competed for the C-130 in the 1950s?

Which manufacturers and aircraft entered the U.S. government design competition back in the 1950s in which the Lockheed C-130 was selected? Were they all clean sheet designs, modified versions of ...
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Do airlines have freezers?

In the latest twist to the case of the dead rabbit, an anonymous "airport worker" has told a reporter that it was killed by leaving it in a freezer locker, contradicting the accounts of United ...
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Is lashing equipment considered part of a ULD?

How should a load controller state additional lashing equipment on a load sheet in the context of ULDs? Should the additional weight equipment be added to the ULD's contents, or added to the ULD tare ...
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Are Cargo Holds Pressurized, Non-pressurized, or vacuumed? [duplicate]

I watched an episode of Air Crash Investigation, which depicts a plane catching fire due to it shipping many expired oxygen generators for planes. The narrator says that a fire in the cargo hold is ...
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Do ETOPS requirements vary between passenger, cargo, and non-revenue flights?

Are there different ETOPS requirements for aircraft depending on usage? For example, does a FedEx cargo flight need the same ETOPS ratings for over ocean flights as a passenger flight? Also, how ...
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Why do aircraft models end their life as freighters?

There seems to be a tendency that aircraft models are more long-lived for cargo than for passenger service. For example, both the A300 and MD-11 are all but extinct in scheduled passenger service, ...
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Are there any airports which use a metro to transport cargo? [closed]

Many airports around the world are increasingly being joined by Metro conveniencing people. Majorly, it is people who probably will use the metro. I do have a sneaking suspicion that the metro would ...
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What would be a suitable aircraft for a short haul freight forwarding business?

I just graduated with an Aeronautical Science degree and I am planning on starting a freight forwarding company. It would need to be high payload capable and relatively fuel efficient, the route that ...
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Is there any order of loading containers into aircraft instead of weight balance?

Assuming there is some container which have to load into the airliners. All of them are stored into same size ULD and same weight. The difference is that some are exclusively passenger luggage, ...
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Can air travel cause packaging air pads to burst or deflate? [closed]

This question is a new cross-post from the physics stack exchange: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/265884/can-a-decompressed-airplane-cargo-hold-cause-packaging-air-pads-to-burst-defla I ...
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Why do we see many more 5th and 8th freedom cargo flights than passenger flights?

Usually, we can see many cargo flights operating between 2 foreign countries (and even as domestic flights within a foreign country in some cases). There are passenger flights that operate in the same ...
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Is this freighter's cargo compartment pressurized?

I know there is a related question already asking if cargo holds in general are pressurized. My question is specifically about the A330-243F in the below photograph. That looks like a pressure ...
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What percentage of airliner flights globally are freight flights?

So we have N airliner flights in the world each day. What percentage of them are "purely" cargo flights versus passenger flights (that may carry cargo as well)? We can exclude Combi aircraft and other ...
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What if all passengers pay to check in extra baggage?

Suppose a given flight is fully booked and everybody shows up. Not only have they all brought the allowed fully loaded carry-on & checked-in luggage weight but exceed the free-limits. They are all ...
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What is the loading diagram for a C-130J?

I'm a student participating in a design project wherein we have to develop a paper design for a payload to be airdropped from a C-130J. Naturally, I'd like to look at the weight and balance of the C-...
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Why do some cargo aircraft have windows? [duplicate]

There are some cargo aircraft that have windows which are not covered. Look: On the second deck above where it says "Hong Kong Asia's World City" the aircraft has 3 uncovered windows. Source: ...
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How to balance the cargo on a plane with the wings further aft?

For example on an MD-88, is the center of gravity on the back of the plane because the empennage, wings and engines are located there? So they would have to put most of the cargo on the back of the ...
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Cargo aircraft temperature [duplicate]

What is the temperature in the storage compartment on board of a cargo aircraft? I'm ordering a temperature-sensitive package by airmail and wouldn't want it to freeze. There are many questions ...
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Do Cargo fly very short routes? [duplicate]

Let's say that a package has to travel from point A to point B. These places are not located in the same Country, nor are such Countries adjacent to each other. Example: point A is in Italy, point B ...
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How is heavy cargo secured in military cargo carriers?

Some big military cargo carriers carry tanks and other heavy equipment and I am not sure if they have some kind of special locks or tie-downs in the cargo space to manage those heavy loads. How are ...
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Does cargo heat failure require a diversion? What about if there are live animals in cargo?

There was a story in the news recently that an Air Canada 787-8, enroute from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Toronto (YYZ), diverted to Frankfurt (FRA) when the pilots discovered a problem with the cargo heat. ...
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What's a Class F cargo compartment?

Apparently, the Aviation Traders folks worked with EASA to define a special type of cargo compartment, known as a class F, during their work on Iron Maiden's touring airplane. Just what is a Class F ...
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Why are magnetized materials dangerous goods?

I was reading about Dangerous Goods, and came across the fact that magnetized materials are classified as Dangerous Goods (item 12 in the linked page). We all see magnets every day, and they seem ...
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Is there a special ULD to be loaded at the main cargo door?

Watching this video, it appears that the hydraulic ram intrudes into the cargo space and would run into the Unit Load Device (ULD) that was stowed there. Is there a special ULD that is loaded on each ...
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Do Cargo flights carry anyone other than the crew?

This question talks a bit about the crews that are involved in a commercial cargo flight, but I'm wondering if Cargo flights every carry other sorts of people on their flights? Say, a photographer to ...
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Despite the lessons from DC-10 planes in 70s, why didn't Boeing ensure their cargo doors didn't fail even until the end of the 80s? [closed]

In the early 70s, DC-10 planes had disastrous failures with cargo doors. It proved how massive a havoc faulty cargo doors can have on the planes. Despite those two incidents with Boeing 747 planes in ...
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Is the life of pets considered when dealing with a cargo fire indication?

In this event, the crew of a 777 responded to a spurious cargo fire indication by activating the fire suppression system, which suffocates the cargo area. Presumably any pets held there would have ...