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Hydrogenics, a Toronto design and manufacturing firm, has won a contract to supply 65-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cells for aircraft tow tractors. The contract is from the U.S. Department of Defense Fuel Cell Test and Evaluation Center, operated by Concurrent Technologies (CTC). The Hydrogenics fuel cell module will be mated to a CTC aircraft tug to be used in demonstrations at air force bases and civilian airports in conjunction with the U.S.
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.
Tronair, manufacturer of ground support equipment for a range of users including general aviation and corporate aircraft operators, has acquired JETporter, a major player in the aircraft towing industry.
The products of the two companies are complementary, as EBACE visitors will quickly discover by visiting Booth No. 1213.
Ground-support equipment manufacturer Lektro sold the first of its new AP8350 towbarless tugs to Monticello Air, Napa, Calif., which will use it to tow an Adam A500 piston twin. The AP8350 is designed for sub-10,000-pound airplanes like very light jets, according to Lektro, but not for heavy-duty users like FBOs or large fleet operators.