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AEI's12 pallet MD-80SF Series Freighter Conversion


The Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) MD-80SF Cargo Conversion consists of the installation of a 85"x136" cargo door on the left side of the fuselage and modification of main deck to a Class E cargo compartment. After conversion the aircraft can carry twelve 88”x108” or eight 125”x88” ULDs or eight 125”x96” ULDs. This is the world’s first MD-80 passenger to freighter conversion. FAA STC (ST02434LA). EASA STC (10055029).

AEI's cargo door has earned a reputation of being the most robust and reliable in the conversion industry. The cargo door is hydraulically operated and actuated from the inside of the aircraft by an independent system. Hydraulic pressure is available from two sources; an electrically operated hydraulic pump or a manual hand pump. The door control and manual pump are located on the 9g barrier, allowing a single person to operate the door manually.

Main Attributes

  • 12 position 88”x108” Container or Netted Pallet

  • 8 position 125” x 88” ULD’s longitudinally oriented

  • 8 position 125” x 96” ULD’s longitudinally oriented

  • 4,500+ lb 88”x108” average position weights

  • 6,250+ lb 125”x88” & 96” average position weights

  • Up to 46,600 lbs useful main deck payload

  • 85”x136” Main Deck Cargo door

  • 9g rigid cargo / smoke barrier with door, Ventura Aerospace

  • Low profile, 1.25” Ancra Cargo Loading System

  • Main deck converted to Class “E” Cargo Compartment, with independent smoke detection system

  • Cabin windows replaced with lightweight aluminum window plugs

  • High reliability, independent hydraulic system

  • Up to 5 Supernumerary Seats

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