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Modulift lifts the world’s largest aircraft

Modulift and AMS Aircraft Recovery have showed off the fruits of their 17-year collaboration in designing pioneering equipment to safely transport broken down aircraft.

Modulift and AMS Aircraft Recovery have displayed the fruits of their 17-year collaboration in designing pioneering equipment to safely transport broken down aircraft.

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Debuting back in 2007, Modulift’s first aircraft lifting system marked a new era in the commercial and military aerospace sectors when it launched. When an aircraft fails it must be lifted – safely and efficiently – to get the runway open again and reduce airport disruption. With many incidents happening across the world each year, AMS Aircraft Recovery works with airport authorities, airlines, and military air forces worldwide to lift aeroplanes – including the Airbus A380, the largest aeroplane in the world – to keep the world’s runways open.

As such, due to the constantly evolving nature of aircraft – both commercial and military – the lifting equipment needed to assist them has needed to evolve too. This is what has brought forth the close collaboration between the two, with AMS’ revolutionary systems, the Fuselage Lifting System and OWL Over Wing Lift System centre around Modulift’s flagship product, the MOD Spreader Beam. This modular, interchangeable product range is made up of struts, end units and drop links, all of which are utilised in the AMS fleet together with optional extras such as the clevis drop-link & delta plate and stepdown end unit.

“We are proud of our 17-year-long relationship with AMS Aircraft Recovery,” said Sarah Spivey, Managing Director at Modulift, “which demonstrates our commitment to innovation, longevity and safety within the industry.”


AMS has taken this one step further and combined custom-built equipment into its offering. Bespoke hanging plates accommodate both narrow and wide body aircraft in the Fuselage Lifting System, and most recently a spreader beam for aircraft towing was added to the fleet. At the centre of the design of these new products was Modulift’s in-house technical engineering team, with all products manufactured at the modular lifting equipment manufacturer’s facility in the UK. According to Spivey, having worked across the Aerospace, Defence and Oil & Gas sectors to name a few, Modulift understands the needs of these industries and the guidelines that need to be met by their end users.

“Our long-standing partnership with AMS Aircraft Recovery marks our commitment to bringing innovative lifting solutions to niche industries such as aerospace,” she said. “Ensuring a safe lift is the backbone of everything we do here at Modulift, with our projects spanning many industry sectors such as Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Defence.”

Established since 2002, Modulift produces a comprehensive range of high-quality lifting and spreader beams, spreader frames, and other custom ‘below-the-hook’ equipment used across the global lifting industry.

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