WHEELTUG RECEIVES FAA GO-AHEAD FOR AIRPLANE E-TAXI SYSTEM CERTIFICATION PLANS
NORTH PLAINS, Oregon, 10 January 2017 - WheelTug Limited announced today that the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has accepted the
certification plans for the innovative WheelTug® aircraft electric drive system for Boeing 737NG aircraft.
The WheelTug system enables an airplane to taxi forward and backward, using small electric motors
in its nosewheels rather than jet engines or a tow tug. It will benefit airlines by well over $1
million per airplane per year, reduce fuel consumption and emissions at airports, and save up to
20 minutes in ground time between flights.
Additionally, WheelTug will enable airplanes to parallel park at terminal gates; using two doors
for narrowbody boarding and deplaning will allow for even more expedited travel.
Videos of WheelTug tests can be found at http://media.wheeltug.com/
The WheelTug system represents the most significant improvement in aircraft ground handling in
decades. It will allow airlines to reduce overall time on the ground. This greater time certainty
will permit airlines to improve schedule reliability as well as fleet productivity.
WheelTug will also reduce noise, emissions, and safety risks.
The FAA Seattle Aircraft Certification Office has approved the Project Specific Certification Plans
for the WheelTug system. These plans detail how WheelTug will comply with all relevant regulations
in order to be granted a Supplemental Type Certificate. The STC is a key document for aircraft
operation, and once granted, WheelTug can be installed on aircraft.
WheelTug will first be available for the Boeing 737NG family of aircraft; entry into service is
expected in late 2018. Versions for other aircraft types are also planned.
WheelTug's order book already totals almost 1,000 systems for aircraft from 22 airlines worldwide.
To learn more about how WheelTug works and how it will benefit flyers, airlines, airports, and the
environment, visit http://www.wheeltug.com.
Forward-looking statement at http://www.wheeltug.gi/fls.shtml
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