Air Charter Service’s (ACS) Florida office recently chartered a Boeing B747F to fly a 35-tonne flight simulator from Texas to Japan.
ACS Americas president, Richard Thompson said a large aircraft manufacturer contacted the air charter specialist earlier this year, to transport a high-value specialist flight simulator to Japan, to train the country’s military on how to fly their recently delivered aircraft.
“It was a tricky load as the dimensions left no room for error in fitting into the Boeing B747 – there was a mere two centimetres to spare,” he said.
The flight, including a fuel stop in Alaska, took almost 16 hours and required meticulous planning for loading and offloading.
Thompson added: “The delivery date shifted drastically from September to June, so we had to work fast when we finally got the go-ahead. Fortunately, we had put in the work beforehand, so we were ready to go.
“The simulator was delivered to Japan safely and on schedule. Over the last 12 months we have chartered B747s and AN-124s to fly four different types of flight simulators, both military and commercial, all over the world.”