VRU is specifically designed for moving aircraft with only a minimal
need to disassemble the craft. Perhaps without removing the wings
(depending on the overall size of the craft.)
- A "Pickle Fork"
attachment is constructed to attach to the landing gear, wings and
/ or fixtures at the spar. The Pickle Fork pivots to load the aircraft
onto the VRU in ONE PIECE.
- The wheel
carriage slides to center the load on the bed.
- The wheel carriage
also flips over to provide a lower deck height. This allows easier
passing under overpasses, wires and overhead obstructions.
- A receiver
hitch assembly is positioned at the nose of the VRU. This provides
a mounting point for the portable electric winch and a positive
hitch point for transporting trailers or other hitched vehicles.
- The tong, bed,
ramps, bed extensions & decking are all interchangeable & reconfigurable.
This allows for significant flexibility when carrying not only aircraft,
but cars and other more awkward payloads.
- The wheel carriage
is equipped with 2 of 5000 lb. torsion axles.
- There are brakes
on the lead axle to provide a better stopping distance.
- The payload
capability is as high as 8000 lbs.
- The wheels
and tires are specifically matched to the tow vehicle for styling
and to eliminate the need for an extra spare tire.
- By removing
the decking, easy access to the bottom side of the cargo and vehicles
can be achieved. In this way the VRU doubles as a hoist.
- A built in
storage compartment can be used to stow tiedowns, the removable
lights, winch equipment and other gear.
- The tail lights,
running lights, and brake wiring are all easily removable for reconfiguration,
or to prevent damage during loading and unloading operations.
- TERFLIGHT Solid
State Lights are standard for the VRU.
- 1" holes are
provided at 2' increments along the edges of the bed. This provides
attachment points for the wheel carriage, tiedown fixtures, lights
or even side rails and walls.
- A dump bed
for full size pickup trucks is under development. This bed will
fit on the VRU as an extension. This bed will have sides that stow
inside for configuration flexibility, a roll bar, and hydraulic
actuation. The ramps for the VRU will also attach to allow for easy
loading and unloading.