Recent projects

Didsbury Engineering has many years of experience in producing custom designed lifting and handling solutions for civil aerospace. These case studies describe just a few of the projects the company has fulfilled.

Case study 1 – Civil Aerospace

Task: Drain/vent aircraft fuel tanks, for quick and safe entry
Solution: Purge Air System


The Purge-Air System, from Didsbury Engineering provides maintenance personnel with the capability to easily drain, vent and enter fuel tanks of aircraft safely and efficiently, reducing aircraft on ground time.

Case study 2 – Civil Aerospace

Task: APU Installation / Removal A380
Solution: APU Frame, Hoist and Lift Beam


The A380 APU required a suite of equipment for handling the APU. This included a lift beam configured for removing the APU from a transit container into a handling frame. A handling frame and a different set of equipment for lifting the APU from the handling trolley into the APU.


The solution comprises of two Didsbury Engineering hoists, a handling frame, and a lift beam that can be configured for either removing the APU from its transit container or installing the APU in the aircraft, with an adjustable lift position to compensate for lifting the APU with or without generators.

Case study 3 – Civil Aerospace

Task: A380 Wing Fairings
Solution: Lightweight Tape Hoist


Following receipt of an enquiry from Airbus, Didsbury Engineering designed and developed the 100/1 Lightweight Tape Hoist for handling A380 Wing Fairings.


The winding mechanism incorporates webbing instead of a steel wire rope. The soft webbing tape minimises the risk of damaging the composite wing fairing and surrounding components.


The photographs show four 100/1 Lightweight Tape Hoists being utilised for installation for A380 Wing Fairing & A380 Ram Air Turbine (RAT).

Our design team are always available to discuss any design requirements that you may have.