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Power for the Bison

FROM THE EXCAVATION PIT TO TARMAC: DEUTZ ENGINES MOVE VEHICLES AND MACHINES WORLDWIDE. IN OUR NEW SERIES, WE PRESENT EXCEPTIONAL DEPLOYMENT LOCATIONS FOR OUR DRIVES. PART 1: DEUTZ AT AIRPORTS.

The ramp agent at the gate gives the captain the green light in the cockpit via radio. The plane will take off in a few minutes. The flight captain starts the engines of the passenger aircraft, but even the strong engines would not get the colossus structure off the ground without support. To reach the correct take-off position, the aircraft is dependent on a Bison 1000 from Goldhofer. The aircraft tractor of the heavy transport specialist from Memmingen docks at the nose wheel of the aircraft and sets it in motion. The tractor pulls the aircraft towards the runway – the rest of the journey is handled by the aircraft with its own thrust.

Engines meet exhaust emission level V

The same holds true for the trip from the parking position to the runway, for the distance between two gates and for the journey to the maintenance facility. Special vehicles are required whenever aircraft with a take-off weight between 400 and 600 metric tons have to cover distances on the airport grounds or if baggage has to be transported from the belly of the aircraft to the gate. It requires aircraft, freight, or baggage tractors from manufacturers such as Mulag, Trepel, or Goldhofer, with whom DEUTZ has been working for many years. And for special vehicles, DEUTZ provides a custom-fit diesel unit that has enough power for these demanding tasks. “The products as well as the reliable cooperation were the reasons why we decided to work with DEUTZ,” reports Lothar Holder, Airport Technology Executive at Goldhofer. Their vehicles are equipped with engines of the DEUTZ series 2.9, 3.6, 4.1, 7.8 and 12.0 V6. The engines not only impress with their power and low fuel consumption, but in some cases also meet the new exhaust emission standard V, which went into force throughout Europe on January 1, 2019. Machines that meet exhaust emission level V emit 90 percent fewer soot particles and nitrogen oxides. DEUTZ is the first engine manufacturer in the world to receive a certificate for EU Level V. 

Bison in continuous operation

The plane is now ready to take off. There is still a lot of activity at the terminal. Goldhofer’s Bison is already taxiing to the next deployment, where a ramp agent is expecting the special vehicle for the next tow. After all, other airlines want to be towed to the tarmac. The special vehicle is in continuous operation from early morning until late at night – with DEUTZ Power.