ABOUT AIRCRAFT TOWING SYSTEMS
The Aircraft Towing System (ATS) is an innovative system designed to transport aircraft from the runway via the taxiway to the airport gates and back to the runway without the use of the aircraft’s main jet engines. Aircraft main jet engines are shut down during taxi and gate operations to save fuel, reduce emissions and reduce noise while creating a safer environment to operate the aircraft.
The entire ATS system is fully automatic, integrated into the ground-control system and expertly managed by ground-control tower personnel. ATS maximizes safety by optimizing airport taxiway traffic, maintaining positive control of the aircraft track at the airport, and reducing personnel and equipment in and around the congested ground-flight operations gate area. It controls all aircraft movements during taxi and gate operations while it greatly reduces the chance for human errors. After installing the ATS, an airport may increase throughput capacity up to 30% per IAW Oklahoma State University calculations.
Statistics from 2016 provide an in-depth look at aircraft passengers, the number of ground movements and how much fuel was consumed that year, especially when it comes to fuel consumption when taxiing.
- Airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers
- There were 130 million aircraft ground movements
- Passenger aircraft consumed 80 million liters or 21 million gallons of fuel per 1 day (29.2 billion liters annually or 8 billion gallons)
- ca. 5% of aircraft fuel consumption was used for taxing, 4 million liters or 1 million gallons) per 1 day (1.46 billion liters or 385 billion gallons annually)
The same timeline also provides a revealing look at the large amount of toxic elements that were released daily and during that year.
- Emission of toxins during taxing (1 day/worldwide):
CO 82,500 kg (182,000 lb)
CO2 14,800 kg (33,000 lb)
NOx 18,400 kg (41,000 lb)
HC 6,840 kg (15,100 lb)
Boeing 747 aircraft, during a single flight from Frankfurt Airport to New York JFK Airport, consumed approximately 3,600 liters (951 gallons) of fuel for taxing.
There are several hundred aircraft collisions each year that happen during taxiing. Fortunately, most accidents do not endanger passenger lives, but still have a negative impact on the daily operations of an airport and airlines. These collisions cause huge financial losses ($50B U.S. annually), disrupt airport operations and this negatively affects passengers.
Current airport operations require three to four people and one tug and tow bar to move every aircraft!
At ATS World Wide LLC., we believe in moving people safer while protecting the environment!
The Full Airport Configuration unlocks a long and compelling list of benefits that include lower-fuel costs, decreased noise, reduced-carbon emissions, improved air quality in the immediate airport neighborhood, less aircraft collisions and extended aircraft engine and component life.
WHAT'S GOING ON
At top is an artist's rendering of how the ATS system will look in the future. The ATS prototype is now under development at the Ardmore Industrial Air Park, Ardmore, OK, and will be operational soon demonstrating how the system will function at airports all around the world.
WE ARE A TEAM!
At Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC, we are a team of experienced aviation business professionals who share a combined vision — “Moving people safer while protecting the environment”