Still using wood, plastic, or rubber chocks?

Still using wood, plastic, or rubber chocks?

Chocking an aircraft’s wheels is a critical task conducted during all ground handling operations to ensure an aircrafts stability on the ramp. However, the repeated chocking and manual handing of heavy rubber, plastic, or wood chocks can cause serious injury to ground handlers. 

Chocks will always be an essential part of aviation operations. However, the ability to adapt and address unique emerging safety challenges in the industry will differentiate which chocks have a future in aviation.

For many years, aircraft wheel chocks have been primarily made from rubber, plastic, or wood. Chocks of this kind are still currently offered on the market today – however, they fail to address emerging safety concerns across the aviation industry – and are increasingly being replaced by the superior choice: Aerochock.

The traditional use of rubber, plastic, or wood wheel chocks are unable to support a workplace that embraces a culture of safety and safe manual practices. These chocks pose numerous hazards to ground handling staff, including heavy manual handling, slipping in wet conditions, and are susceptible to cracks, deform, or deterioration.

Wood or timber chocks pose additional safety risks. The potential for splinters, splitting, or rot is high especially when chocks are exposed to all and unpredictable weather conditions on the ramp. Wood wheel chocks are also unlikely to provide a precise fit for all aircraft types and wheel configurations; thus, creating a dangerous situation where aircraft movement is permitted due to improper design and fit.

Aerochock is the superior alternative to these unsafe chocks. In comparison, Aerochock are one of the only wheel chocks manufactured from polyurethane. This presents many benefits that differentiates Aerochock as the growing chock-of-choice:

  1. Aerochocks are extremely durable. They can withstand heavy loads and extreme weather conditions without cracking or breaking.
  2. Resistant to fuels, oils, chemicals, and other substances that might otherwise cause damage to rubber, plastic, or wood chocks.
  3. All Aerochocks have a high coefficient of friction, which means they provide better traction and grip on the runway surface. This reduces the risk of the chocks slipping or sliding, which may cause unexpected aircraft movement.
  4. Importantly, Aerochocks are one of the lightest aviation wheel chocks on the market – 40% lighter than comparable rubber, plastic or wood chocks. This makes them easier to handle and reduces injuries for ground handling staff.

Now used around the world, Aerochock is trusted as the superior solution to overcoming the adverse safety concerns associated with the use of heavy rubber, plastic, or wood chocks. Check out some of our customer feedback.


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