JBT AeroTech Holds GSE Customer Open House
JBT AeroTech’s GSE Business Unit welcomed more than 50 customers from countries around the world to their product Open House at the Orlando, Florida manufacturing facility. The May 8th event highlighted JBT AeroTech’s commitment to providing great products and great service. The program consisted of factory tours, product training, operational demonstrations, and static displays of more than 20 pieces of cutting-edge ground support equipment.
JBT continues to develop new and innovative products to meet our customers’ operational requirements. The Open House provided the forum to present six products new to the JBT portfolio of ground support equipment:
LEKTRO®, towbarless, electric tow vehicles: New to JBT is the LEKTRO family of tow vehicles. JBT acquired LEKTRO in February of 2019 and has been working to introduce this electric, towbarless vehicle to the JBT family of customers. LEKTRO vehicles come in sizes to service smaller, general aviation aircraft up to large, narrow-body aircraft used in the commercial aviation sector. The 8900 series are designed with exciting features that protect the aircraft, assist the operator, protect the environment, and minimize operational expenses.
B950 diesel pushback tractor: The B950 tractor is designed to move wide-body aircraft. With a GVW of 45,300kg (100,000 lbs.) and a DBP of 302kN (68,000lbF) the B950 has the heft and power to move almost any of today’s commercial aircraft. New design elements make the unit as easy to drive as a car, the service points are located on the perimeter of the vehicle to facilitate maintenance and service, and the vehicle is protected with a “ring of steel” promoting a long service life.
Ranger™ Electric Loader: The Ranger Electric Loader marries enhanced speed for faster turns with the reduced emissions and low operating costs of an electric vehicle.
Commander™ 30i Electric Loader: Continuing its expansion of all-electric GSE, JBT introduces the Commander 30i Electric loader. The heavy-duty, option-rich Commander loader has long been a preferred choice in the world of commercial carriers and service providers. Those numerous benefits are now available in an environmentally friendly all-electric variant.
Jetaire® M60: JBT’s family of GSE has grown to include a diesel-powered, pre-conditioned air unit for narrow body aircraft. The Jetaire M60’s unique design improves passenger comfort by dramatically reducing the unit’s defrost cycle. Operational uptime has been enhanced through efficient, “soft-start” motors and easy access maintenance and service points.
Tempest i: The Tempest deicer has been re-designed to reduce fluid use, improve access to service points and maintainability, and to improve over-all reliability and up-time. Simplified systems, better controls, and an emphasis on operator comfort and visibility were derived from customer input and feedback. All these attributes collectively make the Tempest i a compelling value in new deicer products.
JBT continues to introduce exciting new technologies developed to improve customer operations.
- iOPS GSE Software: For more than a decade, JBT has used its iOPS product to monitor the status and faults on gate equipment such as the passenger boarding bridge. Now, JBT is expanding this capability to ground support equipment. JBT iOPS for GSE can monitor faults, track vehicle locations, establish geo-fencing limits, speed control, and much more.
- Loader Auto-Docking: In development, the loader auto-docking technology was demonstrated during the open house. Using various types of sensors and sophisticated programming, the loader auto-docking technology is being designed to enhance the safe, damage-free docking of cargo loaders to aircraft and their safe return to a designated initial start position.
- Deicer Simulators: Deicing an aircraft requires skill and practice for fast, efficient, safe processing. JBT has developed deicing simulators using virtual reality to train operators and drivers, singly and as a team, to improve the deicing experience for our customers.
For additional information on these newest products and technologies, feel free to contact your JBT or JBT LEKTRO representative. At JBT we are committed to great products and great services and their continued development.