Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 6): Was this the type of tug that Richard Branson was talking about using to save fuel during taxi times?
Any tug that is large enough to handle a given airplane will do. These super tugs are usually required for heavies/widebodies. But smaller tugs can be used on smaller/lighter equipment. Heck, some normal bag cart tugs can be used for RJs.
if we were really in a pinch we can use our Sicard tractor for pushing back 737NGs, but the airline does not approve, something about the breaks being not strong enough. we dont have a pushback tug, because the way the gates are laid out, we power out and turn to the right. when the Q400s go mechanical we routinely push and tow with the sicard tho.
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6921 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1790 times:
Quoting APFPilot1985 (Reply 10): Lektro. Why aren't you supposed to use them. When I went to EV training that was all they used at ATL, and what we always used as contract at APF.
Well, yes it's SOP to use them for push back but say we want to move an a/c to another gate and our "super-tugs" were all on a job at the time we would us the lektro to move the a/c around which is against company policy. Reason was because of breaking capability.