Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. announced availability of its new TUG Alpha 4
10 August 2018
Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. recently announced the availability of its new TUG Alpha 4, the first pushback in the new Alpha series of conventional pushback vehicles. The TUG Alpha 4 is ideal for moving aircraft up to Airbus A340 and Boeing 747 size, with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 60 t and a maximum drawbar pull of 36 t. For ease of operation, the Alpha 4’s cab has a centre-mounted operator seat with clear sight-lines to the hitch, removing the need for the operator to stand or use mirrors when attaching to the aircraft. The cab also has an 18-cm LCD display screen for easy operations and diagnostics, two additional seats for wing-walkers, electronic braking for a smooth start and stop, and automotive-style air conditioning and heating. A lifting cab with a swivel seat provides great visibility while the vehicle is in reverse. For the service team, most routine service points can be reached from the ground for safe maintenance. The engine compartment has easy access with a flat landing platform, slip-proof footholds, and easy-to-grab handrails. The controller is also accessible from the cab for simple diagnostics.