Jetporter JP100SSC SoftCapture Electric Aircraft Tug

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JETporter JP100SSC - Soft Capture Tow up to 100,000 lbs

JP100s_Soft_Capture_08The JP100SSC SOFTCAPTURE tug is equipped with the patented SOFTCAPTURE cradle which allows the tug operator to safely capture aircraft from the driver's seat without the use of straps on the strut or any part of the nose landing gear. This saves time and money by allowing you to move aircraft without getting off the tug. The SOFTCAPTURE mechanism eliminates the negative "strap capture" events so common when the strap is wrapped around the strut. The unit is designed to fit most common dual nose-wheel aircraft.

Standard Features:

  • Connect to the aircraft nose landing gear from the driver's cockpit or at the fender next to the aircraft nose landing gear (NLG)
  • All contact is made on the aircraft NLG tires only, no contact or straps on the oleo strut or NLG
  • Designed to fit most common dual nose-wheel aircraft
  • JP100SSC - Two - 10 HP continuous duty drive motors coupled directly to brake/torque hub results in fewer moving parts (no chains)
  • Proportional drive with steering position sensor
  • Battery charge indicator with hourmeter
  • Fully automated, multi-tap battery charger
  • 16 - 6 volt batteries
  • Rear suspension system compensates for uneven ramp surface, dampens transmitted vibration for passengers, crew and operator
  • Power steering
  • Heavy duty long life torque hubs
  • Regenerative dynamic motor braking for long battery life and very smooth deceleration
  • Redundant hydraulic service foot brake
  • Automatic parking brake
  • Solid rubber tires
  • 10 micron hydraulic system filtration
  • Covered storage compartments with rubberized coating on aluminum diamond deck cover
  • Headlights and rear facing lights
  • Strobe light and side marker lights
  • Horn
  • JP100SSC - Head set junction box
  • JP100SSC - Rear view mirror
  • Finish: Durable Powder Coat Tronair Blue
  • Custom colors and graphics (customer logo) available


Safety Features

  • Throttle speed limit safety switch reduces unit speed when approaching the aircraft with cradle down
  • Forward motion safety switch disengages the throttle when the forward motion safety bar contacts the aircraft nose tire, this prevents the operator from pushing on the nose tire
  • The gate lock and cradle locator safety switch locates the cradle and stops the "cradle down" movement when the cradle is lowered to the ground, the gate lock prevents "cradle open" movement when the cradle is up
  • The parking brake release safety switch allows the unit to "roll" during the capture so the aircraft doesn't move, the hydraulic foot brake remains functional at all times
  • JP100SSC - Controlled acceleration and deceleration foot pedal operated throttle
  • Emergency stop
  • Fire extinguisher


US Airways Express was Tronair's first customer to use thev JP100SSC SOFTCAPTUREtug. They put the units through the paces at busy Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C. and quickly became avid supporters of the tug.


"I have been impressed with Tronair's ability to engineer this device to meet the design requirements and provide the documentation necessary to gain carrier approvals D. Scott Baringer (Director - Ground Support Equipment, US Airways Express)


"Tronair has been fully invested in their customer's satisfaction and nothing has stood in their way of keeping units operational and in service. They have provided excellent support to our operation and they have been readily available to assist us with any concerns regarding the operation and maintenance of the JETporter SOFTCAPTURE Brian Wemple (Manager - Customer Service Support, Piedmont Airlines, Inc.)


"For the first time a GSE manufacturer has brought an interesting product down to our Express world. It is our pushback operator's tug of choice Fred Maslow (Analyst - Station Resource Allocation, Piedmont Airlines, Inc.)

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General Information
Part #JP100SSC
Details1 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty
Shipping Information
Schedule B8701905015
Cradle Capacity10,000 (4,536) lb (kg)
Height39 (98.4) in (cm)
Length209 (530.9) in (cm)
Max Aircraft Weight100,000 (45,359) lb (kg)
Speed Empty7 (11.3) mph (kph)
Speed Full Load3 (4.8) mph (kph)
Weight7,000 (3,175) lb (kg)
Width70 (177.8) in (cm)
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