A special ‘hook’ system designed by Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ technical experts to secure heavy, single pieces of air cargo for transportation has been used successfully to deliver a 89 tonne hydro turbine motor wheel from Russia to Kyrgyzstan. The shipment was transported in early December from Saint Petersburg in Russia to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on board one of Volga-Dnepr’s AN-124-100 freighters. The turbine was destined for the Kambartinskaya GES-2 hydro-electric power station, currently under construction. The motor wheel measured 6.25 metres in diameter and was 3.5 metres high. It was held securely in place during the flight using the ‘hook’ technology inside the aircraft’s freight compartment. This is the latest piece of unique technology developed by Volga-Dnepr Group’s Technical Director Department for the carriage of outsize and heavy air cargo. The development of the unique loading system took two months at the Technical Department’s Ulyanovsk base. The rotor wheel was fixed at the top of the loading equipment and fastened with the special frame. The use of the new technology provided for uniform distribution of the load onto the cargo compartment floor and thus ensured maximum cargo stability.