Foundation Anchor System
The Foundation Anchor System (FAS) is a must-have, inexpensive, heavy-duty welded steel rebar assembly that greatly facilitates the secure installation of the PAST Trainer to a newly-constructed concrete foundation. It has eight integrated anchor bolts, and its dimensions are 80″ Long x 21″ Wide x 11″ High. It is placed into the concrete foundation, in the position
shown in this photo, while the concrete is curing. When the concrete has cured, which can take up to 5 to 7 days depending on the size of the pad, the weather, how much sunlight is present, etc., the anchor bolts protrude above the surface of the concrete for precise and secure attachment to the concrete foundation because the eight holes in the PAST Trainer’s front base plates mate perfectly with the eight integrated anchor bolts. If an airport already has a concrete pad suitable for use as the foundation for the PAST Trainer it will not need the FAS; instead we will supply all of the necessary anchor bolts at no additional charge.
Aluminum Penetration Panels
One set of four aluminum panels (a complete covering) is delivered installed on the PAST Trainer. We do this for three reasons: 1) to protect the underlying penetration structure to which the panels are attached, 2) so users can see how the panels fir the curved penetration structure, and 3) so users are able to begin using the Trainer as soon as it is installed on its foundation. Spare panels may be purchased along with the PAST Trainer, and replacement panels may be ordered thereafter as needed. The high quality aviation-grade aluminum penetration panels are easily removed, relocated, and replaced on the PAST Trainer’s penetration structure. Original
quality spare panels and replacement panels are sold in sets of four panels. When spare panels are ordered to be delivered with the PAST Trainer the buyer saves money because there is no additional shipping and handling cost on up to eight sets of panels. The reason is freight companies charge for the amount of space taken up in their freight truck, and we secure all of the spare panels to a temporary wooden platform attached within the PAST Trainer’s I-beams, so no additional volume is added, and no additional truck space is required. Also, up to four more sets of panels may be ordered to be shipped on the same freight truck with the PAST Trainer. This will add an additional shipping price (but no handling fee), but that shipping price will be significantly lower than ordering replacements in the future because when replacement panels are ordered later on, a shipping and handling price must be added to the price of the panels.
The curvature and precise fit of the panels on the underlying penetration structure enable easy and fast removal and installation of the panels, and the precise fit minimizes friction, drag, and buckling of the panels during penetration and extraction of the HRET tip. That prevents damage to the panels as well as to your HRET equipment.
Panels begin as a large sheet of aviation-grade aluminum. They are cut to the desired size, punched out, and rolled for the curvature that approximates the same curvature of the PAST Trainer’s penetration structure. The panels are cleaned to remove any oil and smudges, which allows the tape to more easily adhere to the panel surface. The panels are then marked, taped, and packaged with Polystyrene inserts in APS’ special heavy-duty cardboard boxes, and packaged to protect the panels during shipment and to ensure the panels will always hold their precise curvature while in the boxes. Then they are secured to heavy-duty wooden pallets we manufacture sized to fit the panels boxes.
It is extremely important that panels made of aircraft-grade aluminum be used on the PAST Trainer. If panels made of thinner aluminum are used the users will not obtain a realistic penetration training experience. The reason is thinner aluminum is easier to penetrate than aircraft-grade aluminum, so in an actual aircraft fire emergency an HRET boom operator who has been performing penetrations on panels made of thinner aluminum will likely find that penetrating the aircraft fuselage is very different than expected because it will be much more difficult than it has been in their training. It is extremely important firefighters receive the best possible HRET penetration training to prepare them to quickly and accurately penetrate the fuselage, extinguish the fire, and save the precious lives of the flight crew and passengers, as well as the valuable cargo they are dedicated to protect in an aircraft fire emergency.
APS authored three articles for publication in the “ARFF News” for the purpose of providing enhanced guidance and information intended to maximize PAST Trainer users’, and users of other trainers utilizing aircraft-grade aluminum surfaces, experience in their HRET penetration training and certification. We will add all three articles here after each article is published.
The following article is the first article published, and is reprinted here with permission from the ARFF Working Group. Originally published in the May/June 2016 issue of the ARFF News (Published August 2016):
Article Title: “The Best Time to Replace an Aluminum Panel on Your PAST Trainer”, and other Important Information.
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