Universal Electric Airplane Tug

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Client/Sponsors Inceptus
Team Name: Quality Tugs
Duration: Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Matthew Swenson
Mentor: Brandon Hilliard
Team Members:
  • Josh Frie
  • Nick Locke
  • Max Johnson
  • Chase Anderson

Inceptus wants an easy to use electric airplane tug that works with a wide variety of tire sizes as well as aircraft with wheel pants.

Problem Definition[edit]

Currently, there are no airplane tugs on the market that can tow multiple aircraft with little input from the user or without significant modification with changes in wheel type. As the average age of the general aviation pilot increases, the need for an easy to use powered airplane tug increases. Also, most flight schools have multiple airplane tugs to pull specific airplanes. The goal is to create a solution for this problem by designing an airplane tug that can be used with a wide variety of tire sizes and types including those with wheel pants. Our solution will be easy to use and require very little input from the user.



Tire Sizes

  • The tug must be able to move aircraft with the following tire sizes:
    • 4.00x4
    • 5.00x6
    • 6.00x6
    • 7.00x6
    • 8.00x6

Strength Requirements

  • The design shall be able to carry a rolling load of 4000 lbs, up a 2% grade and must be able to handle a static load of 500 lbs.

Mounting/ Interface Requirements

  • The tug shall be able to mount and interact with all different types of wheels, including wheels with pants.

Design Considerations[edit]

Project Learning[edit]

Design Ideas

Final Design[edit]


Team Members[edit]

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Name Josh Frei

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Grangeville, ID
Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Future Goals:
Email: frei4286@vandals.uidaho.edu

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Name Nick Locke

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Future Goals:
Email: lock3401@vandals.uidaho.edu

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Name Max Johnson

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Future Goals:

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Name Chase Anderson

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Lewisville, TX
Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Future Goals:
Email: ande9000@vandals.uidaho.edu

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