The Ground Handling Blog

Mototok's blog for Hangar Professionals

Written by Mototok on February 2, 2017 // 2:19 PM

Rollouts: The secret of a perfect airplane presentation

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The first impression counts – that applies to aircrafts, too. That’s why introductions of new airplanes or so-called rollouts become more and more of a show nowadays. It feels like the whole world is watching, so perfection is key at these events. Here’s how you make an entrance with your next rollout.

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Written by Mototok on January 17, 2017 // 11:42 AM

Winter operations: Get your airport or hangar snow-ready!

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Winter has come to the northern hemisphere and it brings plenty of challenges along. Not so much in the air but all the more on the ground frosty conditions can be very dangerous if you aren’t well prepared. Here are some tips how to overwinter your ground operations and your GSE.

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Written by Mototok on January 10, 2017 // 2:45 PM

8 incredible videos of pushbacks and aircraft tugs

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In aviation aircrafts are obviously the stars. They impress and inspire us, taking our breaths away as they seemingly defy the laws of gravity. But at times the ground support equipment grabs our attention. Because sometimes it’s just as impressive to see a plane fly as it is to see a (comparatively) tiny machine towing hundreds of tons worth of aircraft. Pushbacks, taxiing and Co. are everyday business for you? Then take a look at these 8 unconventional aircraft towing videos!

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Written by Mototok on January 2, 2017 // 4:37 PM

Which awesome aviation expos and trade shows to visit in 2017

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Purchasing the right aircraft or aviation equipment is quite a difficult task. You can’t simply browse Amazon or go to the mall like you do with everyday products. That’s why there are aviation exhibitions and trade fairs – and these events are worth a mint. Seeing and comparing hundreds, sometimes thousands of exhibitors and their products at the same time and place is incredibly insightful and yeah, sometimes it even feels like a little shopping trip. So whip out your calendars because these are the events you don’t want to miss in 2017!

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Written by Mototok on December 20, 2016 // 5:00 PM

5 Types of Aircraft Tugs: The evolution of GSE

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Tow bars, towbarless tractors or electric aircraft tugs – the number of different ways to tow your aircraft seems almost infinite. Some of these vehicles have been around for a long time, some are just getting started and might turn the way we think about ground support upside down. The fact is: You need an aircraft tug if you want to maintain an aviation business. So let’s get things sorted out, shall we?

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Written by Mototok on December 9, 2016 // 5:00 PM

5 aviation insurances that are absolutely indispensable

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You own a house, you drive a car – and you probably have insurances for both of them. Just as you can scratch your mudguard while parking or get bumped into at a traffic light, an aircraft can also get into smaller or bigger accidents. However since planes are way bigger than cars, the damage can easily be vast. It’s good to try and avoid such situations, but it’s better to have the right aircraft insurance. Here’s an overview.

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Written by Mototok on December 2, 2016 // 5:00 PM

Hangar Management: Utilizing Technology for Improvement

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 A considerable number of MROs and FBOs struggle every year to make the desired profit. At the same time, other companies are getting stronger and stronger, and potential profits are huge. How can you make sure to be one of the companies that thrive?  

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Written by Mototok on November 29, 2016 // 5:00 PM

8 Advantages of Electric Aircraft Tugs

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Let’s talk about aircraft tugs. Most of you still own traditional tow tractors with gas engines - a solution that worked more or less reliably for many years. There is a viable alternative though: Electric aircraft tugs, a relatively new technology that has much to offer. And while electric whizzes might give a DIY electric aircraft tug a shot, for all others, we have summed up the advantages of existing state-of-the-art models. And in all seriousness: Their biggest downside is that they make it so easy to move aircraft that it’s easy to get complacent.

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Written by Mototok on August 8, 2016 // 5:20 PM

Here’s Why an Electric Aircraft Tug will Revolutionize Your Ground Handling

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Let’s acknowledge it: Traditional aircraft tow tugs and trucks are uncomfortable beasts from the past, designed in the 80s or even 70s, with inconvenient, time consuming and high-risk needs for tie down winches, straps, adapters; the corresponding nose gear lift cradle reminiscent of a shovel – practically farm tractors on steroids. Still, they’re kept around for decades – they’ve been paid for, right?

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