At LEKTRO, we are always working hard to ensure that the job of moving aircraft is as safe, reliable and efficient as it can be. Since inventing the towbarless concept in 1967, LEKTRO has remained the world's leading manufacturer of towbarless aircraft towing vehicles. Let us share with you just a few of the attributes that constitute The LEKTRO Difference.
No more "towbar graveyard"
We've eliminated the inefficient towbar and replaced it with a universal soft-capture cradle that quickly and easily adapts to nearly every airplane on the market. Your LEKTRO nosewheel lifting aircraft transporter gently handles all types of aircraft, including dual nose wheel planes, aircraft with wheel fairings and front nose scissors, as well as unusual aircraft, for which no towbars are available. Once you have worked with our LEKTRO aircraft tugs, we think you'll agree that conventional tugs with towbars are difficult to maintain, cause unnecessary wear on expensive aircraft and waste valuable time and resources with their limited maneuverability and complicated hookup procedure.
Your LEKTRO works less to do more
It takes little effort to work a towbarless tug - it's a one person job! And, hookup procedure is reduced while minimizing the risk of personal injury and cutting the time to get your aircraft where you want it. The LEKTRO Tug actually utilizes the weight of the aircraft to increase traction, allowing for safe towing and braking. The result is a better distribution of weight and less rolling resistance, requiring less effort to move the plane. Designed to accelerate smoothly, the LEKTRO aircraft towing vehicle eliminates the jarring effects and excessive shear loading damage common to conventional tugs. Not only that, but our LEKTROs are so easy to operate, you will find your time training new personnel minimized.
Your LEKTRO won’t contribute to the growing airport "smog" problem
LEKTRO aircraft positioning vehicles utilize a powerful electric motor that's way ahead of its time. One overnight charge is sufficient to power the tug through two very busy shifts. Over the years, increasing Federal pressure to improve airport air quality has motivated airlines to look for alternatives to polluting ground vehicles, Zero emissions vehicles, like clean-operating LEKTROs, are the perfect solution. Not only that, electric motors have a quieter operation, allowing for better communication between the tug operator and pilot or maintenance and ramp personnel.
Less maintenance means more savings
With LEKTRO, just charge the batteries and add water when needed. There’s no oil to change, no tune-ups and very few moving parts to replace. That adds up to big savings on maintenance costs. In fact, a two-year scientific evaluation by the Canadian Forces revealed that LEKTROs have "60 to 70 percent lower maintenance and energy costs over a diesel/gas aircraft tug fleet…a significantly lower cost of ownership."
The World’s Most Versatile Towbarless Tug can be made even more effective
You may select from added components or features to enhance operation or protect operators in extreme weather conditions. LEKTRO vehicles can come equipped with ladders for ease of high-reach access, baggage racks, operator compartments and more. Ask our sales force about how to make your LEKTRO work hardest for you.
Share our colors or show your own!
While we are pleased with the durability and hardiness of our standard LEKTRO red, we recognize that our customers have pride in their own corporate or military branch colors. Large enough to accommodate semitruck vehicles, LEKTRO’s state-of-the-art paint booths can accommodate any customer’s custom paint requirements for ground support equipment.
always first in our minds
Safety considerations abound in our LEKTROs. In the case of hydraulic system failure, the cradle can be lowered with no power or hydraulic pressure, AND the brake can be released. In the case of electric system failure, all systems are fused and you carry spare fuses on board. Your LEKTRO is triple redundant to avoid brake failure. Pinched fingers, failed shear pins, and jackknifing are just some of the problems encountered when using out-dated towbar tugs -- You won’t have these worries with your LEKTRO. With our universal cradle, you will find a reduced need for manpower, an increased hangar capacity and a decrease in the potential for aircraft damage...what more can you ask of a ground support vehicle?