Portable Remote-controlled Tug

At first glance, I thought they were demonstrating a radio controlled toy. This child-sized, motorized, and looking like a military tank gizmo came racing across the vendors aisle. With a closer examination, it became evident that it was no toy. This unit is claimed to be the world's first portable, remote-controlled aircraft tug.

Between the tug's treads is where the nose wheel (or tailwheel) of a full-sized aircraft rests as this tug moves in any direction by the command of a joystick controller. The engagement and disengagement of the tug to the aircraft's wheel is both automatic and a mechanical marvel to watch. Because of the tug's "lazy Suzan platform", extremely tight turns and maneuvers are possible. It uses a lithium battery and has a maximum speed of 1 - 1.5 mph. The largest model can handle up to 21,000  lb MGTOW.

More information : AC AIR Technology.

Jon Croke

As the founder of HomebuiltHELP.com, Jon Croke has produced instructional videos for Experimental aircraft builders for over 10 years. He has built (and helped others build) over a dozen kit aircraft of all makes and models. Jon is a private pilot and currently owns and flies a Zenith Cruzer.

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