Designed to provide access to the number two engine with the tail cone up or down and the patio doors open. With the tail cone up and the doors open, slider sections (8-1/2″ in width) can be extended out from the cutout section of the platform to contour around the doors. These sliders are deployed using a “T” bar and have a protective bumper, as does the front edge of the cutout area. When the tail cone is lowered, a center rolling platform can be moved forward from its stowed position at the rear of the platform to cover up the cutout and provide a solid work surface 23′ in width. A forward safety barrier is supplied for added protection while mechanics are working near the front edge of the stand and at a height where standard handrails do not provide adequate protection against a fall. The barrier is a parallelogram structure to which a safety net has been attached. After an aircraft has been docked, a mechanic can swing the safety barrier inboard. A rubber pad fastened to a foot supports the frame against the skin forward of the firewall. On each inboard side of the safety net, along strap with buckle assembly has been provided and can be attached to a harness hard point on the forward patio wall and drawn tight, keeping the safety barrier against the aircraft. A slotted bar keeps the barrier upright and in a stowed, outboard position.
The platform elevation is adjustable and set at approximately 24′ during erection. Should the stand require future adjustment, the lever arm hoist (Tuggits, Coffing, etc.) from airline bootstrap kits can be utilized and attached to lugs on each leg. Adjustment is accomplished by cranking the lever arm hoist, removing four (4) SS pins, and re-pinning at the desired elevation.