Al Faris has utilised Enerpac SCJ-50 self-locking cube jacks to lift a Boeing 747 pilot training simulator.

Previously Al Faris may have used either a crane or climbing jacks to install the 11-tonne, 4.3 m x 3.7 m x 7.6 m flight simulator. However, the highly sensitive nature of the load ruled these out, said Enerpac.

Kieve Pinto, executive director at Al Faris Group, added: “A load of this kind is a challenge for any lifting contractor. In this particular case, we also had to consider the limited space, time constraints and comparatively high cube jack jacking height.”

Al Faris used four SCJ-50 cube jacks mounted on platforms to lift the aircraft simulator into position with synchronised lifting provided by an Enerpac hydraulic powerpack. “We were able to easily transport the cube jacks. With the simulator resting on stands at 1.1 m, we used the cube jacks to quickly complete the rest of the lift to a total height of 2.4 m,” noted Pinto. On reaching the required height, hydraulic cylinders were then installed to enable the simulator’s 3D movement.