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Transporting a Flight Simulator: How DRG is Mastering Device Relocation

DRG makes great strides in device relocation sector

Moving flight simulators, especially full-motion, is much more complex than simply turning off the machine, moving it, and then flipping a power switch. The thoughtful planning and deliberate preventative actions can be the difference between a successful move and an expensive “hunk of junk” that is no longer operational. The cost of losing a simulator is exponential because of lost training opportunities for the growing number of warfighters learning necessary skills to ensure the success of our military.


Logistics Manager Aneta Tonkin is a key part of the planning process for DRG’s device relocation division. “We can do turn-key device relocation, modification, or demolition of any type of simulator. We have specialized equipment to support various simulators from full-motion to desktop. DRG has access to all the specialized tools needed for different types of devices and simulators,” Tonkin said.


The Process

Building upon our reputation of providing quality services for over 20 years, DRG has expanded our offerings to include device relocations. We have developed and refined procedures and processes to establish a track record of success when moving flight simulators.


Once hired for a device relocation, we begin the enormous task of planning the project. We build our relocation teams by identifying the personnel experienced with that specific type of device and arranging their travel and lodging for the entirety of the project. Next, DRG considers the logistics of the project, including ensuring the team has the necessary tools and support equipment. These tools will be packed and shipped to the location of the simulator to be moved.


When all personnel and tools have arrived at the simulator location, the relocation team begins cautiously disassembling the simulator. They inventory each part of the simulator before carefully packing and loading them onto a truck for transportation. The disassembly phase can take multiple days, depending on the device parameters. The simulator is then transported to its new location. The time and complexity of the transportation varies based on the length of travel, harshness of the terrain, and regulations. Moving a flight simulator from one coast to the other can take five to seven days if traveling by truck.


The relocation team arrives at the new location before the device is delivered to prepare the installation area and tools. The team offloads the truck using rigging equipment and begins installing the simulator, which can take multiple days depending on the complexity of the device. Once the simulator is installed, the relocation team starts the device and runs baseline tests to ensure everything is in working order before turning it over to the customer for their inspections.


Reasons for Success

An experienced and skilled company knows what needs to be in place to mitigate possible risks and provide the smoothest device relocation possible. From tracking down hard-to-acquire support equipment in the aftermath of a hurricane to transporting devices across oceans or harsh terrain, DRG’s detailed preparation, including logistical planning and backup plans, as well as proper execution make us effective and efficient.


DRG’s success is due to the professional personnel we employ. Tonkin said, “The relocation teams and device modification teams are what gives DRG the advantage. Our teams are located around the continental United States and overseas, with five to 15 years of experience. They are the most qualified employees in the device relocation business.”


Relocate with Confidence

DRG is a recognized leader in the simulator services industry, having highly experienced personnel, specialized equipment, and the ability to perform under strict quality, schedule, and budget guidelines. We have the tools and capabilities needed to move large machines, even outside of simulator devices. Contact DRG for more information on how we can support your device relocation needs.



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