The JP30 drive train uses a 6 hp continuous duty DC drive motor that is connected directly to the 2-speed transaxle minimizing the number of moving parts, which in turn reduces repair time and cost.
"We purchased our JETporter in 2001 after considering most, if not all, of the alternative units. The unit has operated flawlessly and effortlessly even on Wisconsin's worst snow and ice covered ramps. We would not hesitate to recommend JetPorter to anyone looking for a flexible, reliable and easy to operate tug."
- Scott Dann, Dann Bros. Insurance
The internal gears operate in an oil bath to minimize friction and wear extending the transaxle’s life. The transaxle is connected to two solid rubber, 16 x 7.5, traction drive tires. The steering axle assembly rides on tapered roller bearings through two 4.00 x 8 industrial tires. The steering axle pivots in a 120° arc providing a very tight turning radius.
A digital logic controller is used to control the drive train. Utilizing the latest MOSFET technology, the controller handles the signal inputs from the control panel. This controller maintains the current limits, controlled acceleration and braking current and each unit is digitally programmed before it is shipped. An LED display on the console indicates hours of use, battery charge level as well as maintenance information.
FRAME AND CONTROLS
The frame of each tug is made of heavy gauge steel formed and welded into a structural unit and is powder coated the trademark Tronair Blue (custom colors are optional). The battery and storage compartments are covered with a lightweight aluminum diamond plate that is covered with a rubberized tough coat to minimize sun glare and provide a non-slip surface. A DC motor and hydraulic pump power the cradle lift cylinders. The cradle is designed to accommodate both dual and single nose wheels. The JP30 has two forward and two rear facing headlights and a strobe light for visibility. The amber strobe light is activated anytime the tug is powered up.
The JP30 incorporates a heavy-duty two-speed hand winch along with nylon winch, strut and safety straps so that aircraft will not be damaged or scratched.
The operator’s platform is designed to accommodate the operator and a passenger. The battery switch, emergency stop push button and start switch are located on the left side of the control panel. This LED display and directional joystick are located in the center of the control panel. The headlight toggle switches and cradle up/down control switch are located to the right of the control panel.
The emergency stop push button will immediately remove power from the unit. The directional joystick controls forward/reverse movement of the unit and is equipped with a horn switch. The cradle up/down control switch controls cradle movement.