Figure 2-17.Bare tine extenders.
The marking of the center of balance is not
necessary on individual 463L pallets. When 463L
pallet loads are built correctly, the center of balance
will be at or near the center. The pallets are weighed
by using portable scales. The weight of the dunnage
must be weighed with the pallet. The scaled weight of
the pallet is recorded on the manifest and labeled on
each side (88-inch dimension) of the 463L pallet.
Handling and loading 463L pallets with a
forklift requires the use of fork extensions (tine fork
extenders in order to support the weight and size of
the pallet fully. Technical publications that govern
loading procedures for aircraft require forklift tines
be a minimum of 72 inches in length.
Tine extenders are designed in two
configurations: bare tine extenders (fig. 2-17) and
rollerized tine extenders (fig. 2-18). The rollerized
version of tine extenders is best suited for the
rapid handling of 463L pallets, while the bare tine
extenders are more useful in pallet building and
the placement of mobile loads on beds of vehicles.
Either type of extender is acceptable and can be
locally manufactured; however, extreme care
must be exercised when handling 463L pallets,
because the tine tips can easily damage a pallet
surface and render it unusable. To allow for
unloading aircraft and handling pallets at the
campsite, you must ensure a set of tine fork
extensions are embarked with the cargo
Figure 2-18.Rollerized tine extenders.