Efficient Cargo and Personnel Handling System
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-014
Topic Title: Efficient Cargo and Personnel Handling System
Proposal No.: N131-014-0398
Firm: SAFE, Inc.
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101
Tempe, Arizona 85282-6842
Contact: Nic Williams
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Web Site: http://www.safeinc.us
Abstract: The proposed solution concepts are intended to provide a replacement seating system coupled with a device to more safely and easily move cargo along the length of the aircraft. The seating system is focused on reducing installation and removal time and stowed volume, while also reducing the chance of injury to handling personnel. The project will focus on developing conceptual ideas that will meet the user needs for the C-2 aircraft. Safe, Inc. will perform a trade study on these concepts and select the best concept to develop into a prototype for initial testing.
Benefits: The proposed product is anticipated to reduce the turnaround time for carrier on-board delivery (COD) aircraft by making cargo and personnel handling faster. The system will also reduce injuries to cargo handling personnel and extend the life of the seat units. Additionally, COD system capacity will be increased through additional cargo volume and reduced weight of cargo and seating equipment. Due to the aircraft specific nature of the proposed product, the commercial applications are not readily apparent. There is potential for spin-off products that could provide better cargo handling for small commercial aircraft used in the package delivery industry. However, the C-2 Greyhound does not have a civilian equivalent and the systems used in the C-2 are specific to the mixed cargo/personnel load carried by the C-2.