E-Taxi Competitive Analysis now Available
Gibraltar, 30 September 2013, WheelTug plc is pleased to announce that the lecture delivered to the Royal
Aeronautical Society Toulouse Branch on 13 September, is now available for viewing online.
"In our opinion, this video is a must-see for anyone who is interested in E-Taxi, and wants to
understand why it is valuable," said Isaiah Cox, WheelTug's CEO. "The early conclusions
about the benefits of E-Taxi are, on balance, not correct. This lecture will show you why -- and
where E-Taxi can deliver the most benefit for airlines." The lecture explores the engineering
and business tradeoffs and benefits in depth, primarily for narrowbody aircraft such as the Airbus
A320 and the Boeing 737.
The lecture was specifically geared at a technical and business audience about the underlying
business case for E-Taxi, and how the results from that analysis determined WheelTug's decision
to proceed with a nosegear-based system. A robust and comprehensive Q&A session is also included
in the video.
The video can be viewed at http://media.wheeltug.com
and can be downloaded from that location, for those who cannot view videos online.
Current commercial aviation practice utilizes a tug for aircraft gate pushback, while forward
taxi is powered by the aircraft's engines. The electric WheelTug unit drives the aircraft without
using the engines.
In addition to lower ground operation fuel consumption, other benefits of the WheelTug® aircraft
drive systems include: removal of the time and safety costs of the use of ground tugs, substantially
reduced carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, increased safety and flexibility of
operations, faster turnaround times, reduced engine wear and repair costs, and decreased noise
pollution. WheelTug estimates the total savings at over US$1.1 million per aircraft per year.
WheelTug Systems will be offered to the airlines entirely on a lease, or power-by-the-hour basis,
so that the systems can be installed and operated on aircraft without any capital expenditure on
the part of the airline whatsoever.
WheelTug plc successfully installed and tested the first in-wheel WheelTug in Prague in June 2012.
Video from the tests is available at http://media.wheeltug.com
About WheelTug plc
WheelTug plc is a Gibraltar Corporation. A full listing of WheelTug partner companies and airline
customers is on the company's website at http://www.wheeltug.gi
For more information:
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