One of the highlights of 2011 for the Van der Vlist Projecten team was involvement in the movement of a flight simulator from Berlin to Zurich.
The project started in Berlin where a specialist team from Van der Vlist Projecten worked in partnership with a dedicated team provided by the customer. The initial 14 day phase involved dismantling the simulator cockpit, the base frame and the sight system as well as 17t of ancillary equipment.
The pieces were then packaged into 5 loads of 7M length, 6M width and 5M height and loaded onto Van der Vlist vehicles for transport. The movements actually took place during June and July of 2011, however, months of planning prior to the movement date ensured that all of the necessary permits and police escorts were arranged in advance to avoid any last minute surprises.
This forward planning also meant that the movements (which took place at night) were carried out swiftly and efficiently as potential problem items such as signposts and other street furniture were identified well in advance and could therefore be removed and replaced with little or no impact to local communities.
The transport and customs processing stage of the project was handled solely by Van der Vlist and in total only took 3 days to complete.
The final phase of the project involved installing the simulator in its new place of operation. Using the same team as for the dismantling stage, along with additional technicians, the installation phase took 21 days in total.
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