Figure 11-4.4K rough-terrain forktlift.
PaIlet components are vulnerable to damage by
misuse of tools, such as cutting torch, bolt cutters, and
sledge hammers. Therefore, extreme care must be
used during pallet disassembly. No spare components
are packaged in the pallet.
Field experience dictates that a 16-man crew
provide maximum efficiency and flexibility when
laying a runway 96 feet in width. Two crews can be
used inlaying a runway and additional crews used for
laying other areas simultaneously. A typical crew of
16 would include 1 petty officer in charge, 1 alignment
person, 2 pry bar crew members, and 12 (six 2-person
teams) mat installation personnel.
The alignment person ensures the field is aligned
by adjusting the first mat in each transverse row, so it
is flush with the presurveyed lateral boundary before
the rest of the mats in that row are laid.
The pry bar crew members adjust individual mats,
using a pry bar to provide maximum allowance for
thermal expansion and insert the mat-locking bars.
The installation pesonnel, working with partners,
take a mat from the pallet, carry it to the installation
point, and then install the mat in place.
SATS Field Installation Sequence
The sequence of laying matting for a runway
where a guide rail for a catapult system is not required
is not the same as for a runway where a guide rail is
required. Figure 11-5 shows you what a guide rail
looks like. When a catapult facility is used with a
SATS installation, a guide rail is needed to provide
stability to the dolly and the aircraft during the launch.
The guide rail is supplied in 9- and 10-foot lengths and
has connectors on both sides to mate with the mat end
connectors. A l/8-inch rubber seal is installed between
each section to provide for thermal expansion and to
prevent debris and soil from coming up between the
rail sections. Dowel pins are used between two holes
in the mats at each end of the guide rails to maintain
alignment of the sections. The guide rail is installed
concurrently with the mat field, and standard
mat-locking bars are used to secure it to the mats.
NOTE: The catapult and arresting system is not
available currently in the ABFC System. However, it
was originally designed for the ABFC System and
could be used in the future; therefore, information on
guide rails is provided.
Figure 11-5.Guide rail.