Ancillary Products

1.4m Steel Tripod with Suction Feet

For use in removal and installation of Airbus A320 Main Landing Gear (MLG) Actuator/Side Stay used in conjunction with A320 MLG Actuator Hoist Kit.

  • The 1.4m tripod is designed for hoisting loads manually using a suitable hoist attached to the eyebolt located on the underside of the top plate.
  • The legs are fitted with extendable lower sections to compensate for uneven or sloping surfaces
  • Suction feet are fitted to clamp the tripod in position.

APU Support Frame and Trolley

For the safe support and movement of Airbus A330/A340 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) used in conjunction with A330/A340 APU Hoist Kit.

  • The frame consists of one fixed support (APU aft mounting) and two moveable supports (APU forward port & starboard).
  • The support frame is supported by four anti-vibration mountings on a two-wheeled platform trolley, movement is facilitated by a two-wheeled detachable tug.

APU Stand Base, Cradle and Lift Beam Assembly

For the safe support and movement of the Airbus A380 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) used in conjunction with A380 APU Hoist Kit.

  • The Lift Beam Assembly allows the APU to be safely removed and placed into its transit container.
  • The Stand Base and Cradle provide a safe and stable wheeled support cradle to transport the APU to and from the aircraft, and around the workshop. The aft castors swivel to allow the unit to be steered, and are fitted with parking brakes.
  • The full Lift Beam Assembly can be adjusted to allow the lift of APU with or without Generator.
  • The Horseshoe Lift Beam Assembly is used to lift the APU to and from the aircraft without the two horseshoe lift beam adaptors and the main lift beam installed.

Purge-Air Mover Kit

For use in the ventilation of aircraft fuel tanks, a rapid and safe method the wing tanks can be purged in approx. 45 minutes. The medium air mover can also be configured to provide continuous ventilation to improve the working conditions within the tanks. In use on Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

  • The Air Mover Kit is versatile and lightweight, with no moving parts. It operates on compressed air and is suitable for ventilating spaces containing volatile or hazardous atmospheres.
  • Grounding cable attached to the air movers.
  • Can be used to purge or ventilate wing and centreline fuel tanks.
  • Universal aircraft wing blade adaptors supplied but additional aircraft specific options are available.
  • Compact aluminium storage container with forklift skids available with castor kit.

Transportation/Storage Cases and Containers

For the transportation and storage of Didsbury Engineering Hoist and Air Mover kits, we offer a range of cases to suit the individual kit requirements.

  • The hoist kit cases are made from 6mm or 9mm birch plywood laminated with either stucco aluminium or ABS laminate.
  • Edged with aluminium angle on all edges, all fittings secured with bilocated rivets.
  • Hinged lid, secure lockable butterfly catches, handles for lifting and handling.
  • Interiors lined with LD 45 high-density foam, with custom routed interiors.
  • Manufactured to ATA 300.


  • Castor wheels and/or forklift skids as required.
  • The air mover kit cases are made from high tensile welded aluminium, and polyester powder finished in black.
  • Surface mounted handles, locking sprung latches and hinged lid complete with lanyard.
  • Forklift skids.

For other items of kit, such as our PRG358 Lighting Kit comes in a Peli Storm Waterproof Case with custom inserts.

Air Drive Assembly

For use with Didsbury Engineering, hoist kits with small and large drive dogs. The air drive assembly interfaces with the drive dog on the hoist and is only used to lift a load.

  • The air drive is a pneumatic device that aids the operator when lifting loads using one of Didsbury Engineering’s range of hoists. A trigger lever enables the operator to control the speed of rotation.
  • A compressed air supply with a compress air with a dew point between +2°C and +10°C and a working pressure of 6.3-7bar. The air supply must be filtered, regulated and lubricated.
  • The air drive includes a precise clutch that shuts off the air drive at a specified torque.
  • Different hoist series have different gear ratios so the clutch setting is only valid for one hoist series.

Omni Arm™

For use in removal and installation of landing gear, currently used on aircraft models Narrow Body Jets (NB), Narrow Body Heavy Jets (NBH), Regional Jets (RA). Used on ATR72

  • It replicates the dexterity of the human forearm raising, lowering rotating and articulating motions controllable in thousandths of an inch.
  • NBH includes Power Drive System (PDS), theNB and NB-800 available with or without PDS.
  • Comes equipped with nose gear collar, main gear collar, and mantis are to increase or decrease lifting height. Mantis arm for model NBH depends upon customer application.
RA ATR27, Embrarer, Bombardier, Falcon Jet, etc 550 lbs / 249 kg
NB DC-9, Boeing 717, 737, BAC1-11, Fokker F-100 680 lbs / 308 kg
NBH Airbus A320, Bombardier C-Series, 1300 lbs / 589 kg
NB-800 Boeing 727, 737NG, DC-9 1000 lbs / 453 kg

Our sales team are always available to help you with any questions you may have.