Tug Electric Tronair Jetporter JP30L (30,000 lb)
Like the JP30 the JP30L was designed to provide one of the most efficient and economical methods of moving aircraft. This towbarless tug was designed with a 3 foot extended deck to provide a longer reach for use on aircraft with setback nose gears, like the Dassault Falcon aircraft. The added length allows for a second set of batteries which makes the endurance of the JP30L a favorite among towbarless tug operators everywhere. The JP30L has a two year Tronair Platinum warranty.
The JP30L has been designed to provide one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to move aircraft. Originally designed for individual aircraft owners and corporate flight departments the JP30L has grown in popularity and is now in use by many FBOs. Building an easy to operate and effective towbarless tug saves our customers valuable hangar space, time, and money. The JP30L has a two year Tronair Platinum warranty.
The JP30L 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
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 JP30L 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 JP30L 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.UNIT POWER
The JP30L is powered by sixteen deep-cycle, six-volt commercial batteries, which are connected in series to provide 48-volts. These commercial batteries are easy to find in your local area. The batteries are charged from an onboard, fully automatic battery charger that operates on 120/200 VAC and either 50 or 60 Hz.The JP30L comes with a 12/24/28-30 VDC power assist GPU to aid in starting small aircraft engines. The 12 foot output cable combined with either the Cessna/AN or Piper style 2 foot adapter plug gives a total reach of 14 feet.
The JP30L has two independent braking systems. The primary method is dynamic braking which is an interregnal part of the solid-state controller. To engage the dynamic breaking system the operator simply reverses the direction of the joystick. The operator applies the amount of braking effort that is required.The Emergency/Parking brake is an electrically released disk brake mounted on the drive motor. This brake is released when the start switch is on, power is present and the deadman switch is pressed.
The JP30L has two forward and two rear facing headlights and a strobe light. Toggle switches control the front and rear headlights.
Maintenance of the JETporter product line is minor. The basic maintenance includes charging the batteries as needed, keeping the battery fluid at the proper levels. Drive motor, digital speed control and transmission are minor and routine. Most bearings operate in an oil bath or are sealed requiring minimal maintenance.
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