GSE Overview

Pushback Tractors are a type of aircraft tractor (i.e., pushback and/or tow tractors) that assist with aircraft movements when an aircraft cannot operate its engines, or does not have sufficient maneuverability to move and turn under its own engine power. Most frequently used to push an aircraft back from the gate and onto the aircraft movement area (e.g., taxiway). Pushbacks may also be used to move an aircraft to other locations on an airport (e.g., maintenance hangars). There are two types of pushback tugs/tractors: (1) conventional tractors use towbars that are connected to an aircraft's nose wheel, and (2) towbarless tractors pick up the aircraft's nose wheel and lift it off the ground before moving.