There is also the old terminal area. Not sure if that will be used for FX because of the distance.
? distance doesn't seem to be an issue for FX, they already have two hangars on the completely opposite side of the property...
I believe they use them, they dont own them. As far as the old terminal, nothing's been said about using it. MEM is currently at capacity for space for fedex, so IND is the next one to be expanded because we are not landlocked and full up. MEM has had to reorganize a few times, and they have aircraft specific gates to ensure max capacity. Fedex IND gates are, with the exception of the 757 area and the two 777 gates, all sized for MD-11 aircraft to ensure any widebody can park in any gate.
Looks like they're actually going to use that area near the contractor gate for more dolly parking, and move that tug lot down about 500 or so feet further towards the end of the ramp, as there is more space.
I agree the location of the hangar means nothing but towing cargo to the old terminal ramp doesn't look any further than towing cargo to the farthest reaches of the FX MEM ramp. The 777 ramp in MEM is even removed and separated by the cross runway from the main FX facility, much as it would be at IND using the old terminal ramp.
How long of a tug drive is it? The route from the FX sort facility to the old terminal location is very indirect. From the middle of the sort facility to the middle of the old terminal location is 10k feet. That includes taking the road around the end of the crosswind runway that a tug would have to take. Round trip is just under 4 miles. How long would that take at tug speed? Not sure that long of a run is practical. I checked MEM and the distance from the middle of the sort facility to the location across the runway is just shy of 7k feet. Round trip it is over a mile shorter.
Tugs usually ride around 15-20 mph. Bobtail freight trucks can do whatever speed you want (F350 with a bobtail instead of a bed) but they are usually mechanically governed to 25-35 mph. Dolly/cart wheel speed is the limiting factor on those.
That would be a hellacious distance on a tug...
There's a postal tug or two that makes the trip to us, they say it takes over half an hour one way. Fedex tugs are governed to 10ish mph, as that is the speed limit in our drivelanes. Further reduced to 5 mph (policy) within 50 feet of an aircraft. Some of the tugs have broken governers, Ive even towed dollies with them. That course of action is NOT recommended, those dollies will start slamming into the hitch, then swaying the faster you go. I backed down on speed pretty quickly.