It took nearly four million dollars in government stimulus funds and almost a year of hard work to complete, but the brand new 20,000+ square foot fire station at the Piedmont Triad International Airport is all but ready for action. The new, state of the art facility is replacing the much smaller fire station that had served the airport for nearly five decades.
The much larger and updated facility has the room to house six trucks, one of which is also a brand new upgrade, and sixteen firemen who will work in twenty four hour shifts to ensure round the clock safety for passengers, flight crews and ground crews of the busy international facility. The new fire station is also equipped with a nearly five thousand square foot communications office.
Though there hadn’t been any disastrous failings stemming from the use of the older and smaller fire station, the facility and much of the equipment were outdated and needed an upgrade to more modern and more reliable gear to ensure that the firemen were well equipped to handle any situation that could arise.
In order for an airport to be safe and successful, all of the equipment needs to be as efficient and reliable as possible. Every piece of equipment; from the aircraft tugs that move the aircraft onto and off of the runway to the motorized carts that transport baggage and passengers need to be safe and reliable if an airport is to be successful in this fast paced industry.
Though not every airport needs to obtain a government grant of four+ million dollars to make the necessary upgrades to provide their passengers safety – any airport that is operating without new and reliable aircraft tugs, without up to date communications equipment or without the proper tools to maintain their aircraft needs to act quickly to make necessary changes. The safety and efficiency of the aircraft tugs start with the best and most reliable equipment to perform the task at hand, anything less than that could result in loss of business or loss of lives.
Helicopters are one tool that is indispensable to police and medical personnel in the event of an emergency. Though they aren’t necessarily needed whenever an accident occurs, in the event of a serious accident, a quick responding helicopter may mean the difference between life and death for the critically injured.
In watching the news, you’ve probably seen helicopter pilots make heroic rescues of victims trapped in raging rivers, stranded in deep ravines and from other locations that were otherwise unreachable by other emergency transport vehicles. Due to the fact that quick action is required to save lives in these situations, it’s absolutely critical that the equipment used to station the helicopter on the pad after removal from the hangar be both easy to use and very reliable.
Waiting an extra hour, or even several extra minutes could mean the loss of a life in an emergency situation – your crew can’t be fumbling with unreliable and difficult to operate equipment that takes extra hands or extra time to operate. The helicopter tugs used to move helicopters are used for emergency purposes needs to be easy enough to operate that one person can easily maneuver the aircraft onto the pad and back into the hangar without struggle – and it needs to be able to be counted on at all times. Any failure in equipment could lead to a failed rescue and possibly the loss of a life that could have been saved.
Lindbergh Aircraft Tug Co. has always had a great reputation for producing the best and most reliable aircraft tugs and they are broadened their horizons by beginning production of the very best quality and most reliable helicopter tugs as well. When it comes to emergency rescue vehicles, the rescue unit can only be as successful as its equipment – and no one produces more reliable aircraft tugs and helicopter tugs than Lindbergh Aircraft Tug Co.
Versatile Lindy’s Aircraft Tugs maneuver tail dragger aircraft with the same precision and ease that they move tricycle landing gear aircraft. With Lindy’s aircraft tugs and aircraft tractors, maneuvering tail dragger aircraft in and out of crowded hangers or around busy FBO facilities is a one-person job. The same aircraft tug can be used to manipulate aircraft with different landing gear configurations, minimizing the amount of equipment you need to run an efficient operation.
Instead of sliding Lindy’s aircraft tug’s easy-on roller cradle under the forward nose wheel as you would for a tricycle landing gear plane, with tail dragger aircraft the aircraft tugs cradle slides under the tail wheel. Click here to watch a video of our aircraft tug being used to move a tail dragger airplane out of a hanger. As you can see in the video, Lindy’s unique aircraft tugs cradle allows fifth-wheel turning capability. This permits our aircraft tugs to pivot a full 180 degrees under the aircraft wheel without turning the wheel or steering mechanism of the aircraft. The lever handle and cable system designed into our aircraft tugs allow the operator to safely lock, hold and release the aircraft safely during loading and unloading into the cradle and while transporting the aircraft, guaranteeing the safety of valuable aircraft.
Lindy’s ergonomically designed aircraft tugs are uniquely designed to be the only aircraft tugs you’ll ever need. The universal choice for FBOs, small air fields, pilot-owners and corporate fleets, Lindy’s aircraft tugs and aircraft tractors are designed for use with both tail dragger aircraft and tricycle land gear airplanes. Our 4K Aircraft Tractor is capable of moving aircraft both with and without pants without making any modifications to the aircraft tug. Visit our Lindbergh Aircraft Tug Company website to find out more about universal use aircraft tugs.