Tugs are those machines powered by traditional fossil fuel to move aircrafts on the ground to save highly priced Jet Fuel on the ground in an operation known as Aircraft Taxiing.
Now electric tugs are beginning to be popular and gain more attention from airliners.
To save conventional fuel and to save the planet from harmful fossil fuel emissions, transforming to electric power is the better solution in all transformation means.
There are some different versions and inventions implementing the idea of electric towing and push-back. Here are tow of them.
The company provides state of the art series of innovative electric tugs that can be used with aircrafts of up to 195 tons of weight.
Mototok products can be remotely controlled by a single person operation.
It's available for a wide range of Military, Commercial Airliners and Helicopter aircrafts with different models.
Arduino Controlled Aircraft Tug
Anthony DiPilato wanted to make his own aircraft tug that can be controlled from his iPhone. So he decided to use Arduino Mega and an HC-08 Bluetooth module to build it.
Wrote the software for Arduino and an iPhone interface to control it.
This little device looks like a little tank and can move light aircrafts.
But it's capable of pulling a Cessna 310 with an estimated weight of 5,200 lbs.
Design and Bill of Material
- Arduino Mega
- 4 Channel Relay Board
- 2x Motor Driver H-Bridge
- HC-08 Bluetooth Module
- 2 x Jazzy Wheelchair Gearbox Motors
- 2 x 12V 35AH Jazzy Power Chair Battery
- LCD Battery Capacity Monitor
- Battery Isolator Switch
- 5V Step Down Regulator
- Amber Flashing Strobe
- 24V LED Light Bars
- 80mm Cooling Fan
- 80mm Cooling Fan Grate
- 40mm Cooling Fans
- 80A Circuit Breaker
- XLR Charing Port Socket
- 2 x 300lb Electromagnetic Locks
Tug in Action