This article focuses on aircraft tow tractors, also known as airport tugs. Because of the large variety in aircraft weights and dimensions, a number of features must be kept in mind when selecting the appropriate tow tractor. These include the unstick and rolling resistance of the aircraft, maximum tractive and braking forces imposed on the nose gear, towing forces, tractor weight, engine size, local climactic and soil conditions, and the airport's ramp surface. Some of the conditions that need to be taken into consideration when designing a tow tractor include: range of aircraft to be handled, ambient operating conditions for the tow tractor, aircraft engine idle thrust, airport ramp and drainage gradients, pushback and towing speeds. The article also discusses the growth in the use of towbarless tractors, as well as relating that tow tractors are now being designed to reflect environmental concerns. A profile is also given of a towbarless tractor designed primarily for pushback, inter-gate and maintenance towing operations for regional jets, and incorporating a Rotating Aircraft Nose Landing Gear Support Platform.

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    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Publication Date: 2002-10


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 18-19
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  • Accession Number: 00963392
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2003 12:00AM