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Traditional Customisable Flight Cases


The term flight case has been in existence since the 1950s, it is believed that flight cases were originally developed in the USA with the primary use being within the music industry where bands were travelling large distances between venues by air. Since then, flight cases have adapted for extensive use within a vast range of applications across any sector due to its strength, durability and design.

Flight Cases


The term flight case has been in existence since the 1950s, it is believed that flight cases were originally developed in the USA and the primary use was in the music industry where bands were travelling large distances between venues by air. The basic design of the original flight cases used a plywood panel with aluminium edges and steel corners/fittings. The basic flight case used a riveted corner angle extrusion and the plywood panel was faced with either ABS, fibreglass or high-pressure laminate.

There have been some developments in the basic flight case construction, but the current design of flight cases is very similar to the cases that were used in the 1950s. There are various standards that are applied to the flight case and ATA (Air Transport Association) specification 300 is often used as a standard for cases in the USA. There are various, DEF STAN and MIL-SPEC standards that apply to the transportation of goods for military application in Europe and the USA.


One of the earliest product developments that Protechnic applied to the flight case design was to use box section extrusions. Most other flight case manufacturers use either a plain aluminium angle extrusion or what is known as a Christmas tree extrusion, this has an outer and inner section, this increases the strength over a plain angle but is nowhere near as strong as our exclusive box section extrusions that we use. We also finish our flight cases by using either anodising or powder coating on our flight case extrusions making them more durable than traditional mill finish extrusions that are used by most other flight case manufacturers. Traditional flight cases are also made with a laminated plywood panels that are riveted to the extrusion. While this is strong, we decided to use lightweight open core panels that are bonded to the extrusions allowing us to make the cases with a much cleaner appearance, lighter weight and using far fewer rivets in the construction which gives us a build time advantage over plywood flight cases. We can include a neoprene bead seal which forms a splash-proof barrier between the lid and base of the flight cases.

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The flight case is a very strong and highly configurable design that enables us to build cases that are suited to a wide range of applications. The flight cases case be made in a wide range of configurations from standard road trunks, 19” rack cases, demonstration cases and the components. With our Digital UV print facilities and a full range of panel colours and machined interior foam options available we are sure that our flight cases stand alone in terms of strength, durability and design. Our flight cases are extensively used in a vast range of applications across any sector including Oil & Gas, Offshore, Medical / NHS, Aerospace, Education, Motorsport, MOD, Laser Measurements (LIDAR), Satellite Communications, Scientific Instrumentation, Audia Visual and Computer Systems.

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Flight Case Features

Box section extrusion for added strength and rigidity.

Range of panel colours to suit corporate identity.

Fabricated construction gives ultimate flexibility.

Custom foam interior available to suit the application.

Various printing options to enhance product identity.

Flight Case Examples
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The EXOcase™ is a British product designed, patented and manufactured by Protechnic in our facility near Bristol. The EXOcase™ combines the convenience of a flight case and the durability of a moulded transit case. The EXOcases™ unique Exo-skeletal design ensures maximum protection of high-value instrumentation and sensitive equipment during storage and transportation.

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