So – how does it works?

Simple. Safe. And extremely effective.

Mototok is a battery-operated, remote-controlled device with a hydraulic platform that encloses the nose wheel and fixes it safely and gently. All functions such as opening the nose wheel door, fixing the nose wheel and lifting the platform are triggered "hands-free" by means of the remote control. The Mototok is powered by two high-torque electric motors on each side.

Take a look inside.



Automatic Hydraulic Nosegear Loading

Sensor controlled – smart, fast, easy and safe.



Loading the nose wheel with a Mototok electric tug is quick and easy. No winch, no lashing straps, no laborious bending down to fix the nose wheel. Let the hydraulic system do the work for you!



Drive the Mototok with opened hydraulical door and lowered platform towards the nose wheel of the aircraft until the nose wheel touches the inner wedge the nose wheel platform. Then press the start-button on the remote control.



The hydraulical door closes. If necessary, the sliding table is adjustable for fitting smaller nose wheels.



The sliding table presses the nose wheel towards the closed hydraulical door until a specified pressure is reached.



The platform lifts up and raises the nose wheel.



Lastly the operator has to bring down the safety paddles manually – ready for moving the aircraft. The whole procedure takes 10-15 seconds only.

Moving your Aircraft the innovative Way.

Manouevering with Mototok is the easiest by far. The fuselage and wingtips remain in position whilst turning the nose gear on the spot for manoeuvering. With Mototok both turning the nose gear and moving the aircraft are two completely different movements – the deciding advantage of the Mototok tug sytem. The result is a minimum requirement of space whilst shunting the aircraft. This example shows that turning an aircraft by 90° reduces manoevering space to a circle.

  • Best overall sight thanks to remote controlled maneuverings
  • No winches, no straps, automatic convenient and automatic quick nose gear loading
  • Low maintenance thanks to full electric drive
  • Lowest space requirement when pushing or pulling the aircraft
  • Safe thanks to sensor-controlled platform monitoring and hydraulic nose wheel pick-up
Low space requirement whilst moving Aircraft with a Mototok
In this short video clip you can see why Mototok is so efficient with the space in the hangar and why manoeuvring is so safe: The Mototok can turn under the aircraft fuselage when manoeuvring - but the aircraft itself remains fixed in position. This is the unique advantage of the Mototok principle.

Why Mototok does a much better Job?

In direct comparison with Mototok, the disadvantages of the other tug systems are obvious.

Conventional Tractor with a Towbar


Maneuvering with a towbar means “steering by moving“. Turning the nose gear and moving the aircraft are two inseparable motions when using a tow bar. Turning the nose wheel is only possible when the aircraft is moved backwards or forwards. The aircraft has to be moved several metres for the nose gear to turn and move the aircraft into another direction. This in turn increases the space needed for extensive manoeuvering.

Others disadvantages are:

  • Many different tow bars have to be stored for different types of aircraft
  • High risk of accidents and damage of the aircraft
  • Minimum second person as a ,,wing walker" needede because the driver has no overview from his position
  • High maintenace level due to combustion engine
Other towbarless Tugs


This principle means also “steering by moving“. The space requirement for maneuvering is approximately the same as with using a tow bar.

  • Winches and straps for fixation often needed
  • Minimum second person as a ,,wing walker" needed because the driver has no overview from his position
  • The vehicles have big dimensions and need a lot of parking space
Tugs with a rotary table


The nose landing gear is clamped on a rotating turntable to prevent damage to the nose wheel if the maximum turning angle of the nose wheel is reached. The aircraft tractor can continue to turn, but the turntable remains stationary.

  • Can load the aircraft only from the side of the aircraft.
  • The Oversteering Protection that is supposed to take place through the use of the turntable only works reliably when pulling the aircraft. When pushing, the turntable behaves similarly to the caster of a shopping trolley due to the tracking of the nose wheels: the wheel will turn around its vertical axis. This can only be corrected by manually or electrically countersteering the table.
  • No automatic fixation of the nosegear: there is no technically simple way to bring hydraulic or electric lines into the rotating platform without risking a premature defect.
  • Safety issue: Due to the large and unfavourably placed drive wheels, there is a danger of crushing the operators feet during manoeuvring.