Remote-control tug makes

 - September 20, 2007, 11:26 AM

Aero Specialties (Booth No. 1639) introduced a self-contained, remote-control towing device designed to allow a single operator to position an aircraft safely. Called the iTowbot, the tug can handle aircraft up to 15,000 pounds gross weight.

The device measures 38 inches wide by 46 inches long and stands 12 inches high. It has a maximum towing speed of 1.7 feet per second and a zero-degree turning radius. The iTowbot is powered by a 24-volt DC motor that can function for four hours with an eight-hour full-recharge time.

A remote-control handset has built-in interference protection featuring a Spektrum 2.4-GHz wireless controller. The tug is equipped with a solid-state battery charger/maintainer, plus over-voltage and thermal protection.

The iTowbot requires almost no maintenance, Aero Specialties said, and comes with a 12-month factory warranty.

List price is $5,995, but the Boise, Idaho company is offering an introductory $500 discount to buyers placing orders here at the show.