By Kevan Goff-Parker
Director of Corp. Communications
ATS World Wide LLC
Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC (ATS) will be recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education with its “Business Partnership Excellence Award” at 11 a.m. on March 12 in the Nigh Center Ballroom at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.
The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.
ATS was submitted for the honor by Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center’s ATS Team, led by OSU’s NPDC Director Robert Taylor, Ph.D. Since 2016, the NPDC ATS Team has conducted the research, development and design on a revolutionary aircraft transportation system that will move aircraft from airport runways to gates and back again without the use of an aircraft’s main engines.
ATS’ electric-powered rail system is designed to be preinstalled under portions of an airport’s taxiway and ramp areas. After a groundbreaking ceremony in November 2019 at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, OK, construction of the prototype channel-system test site began.
ATS World Wide LLC Vice President/CEO Vince Howie said he believes the installation process will be complete within the next 90 days and testing will begin in the summer.
“The unique ATS concept was conceived by innovative Polish businessman and entrepreneur, Stan Malicki, along with his hand-picked team of international engineers,” Howie said. “Stan was attracted by Oklahoma’s aerospace-friendly workforce and pro-business environment. ATS incorporated in Oklahoma in 2016 with Stan as the company president. Today, we are an Oklahoma and internationally based company.”
Howie said ATS has identified eight initial benefits once ATS is implemented at an airport.
The identified benefits of ATS include:
1. Improved safety
2. Fuel savings
3. Reduction in airport accidents
4. Decreased emissions
5. Increased airport efficiency
6. Increased jet engine life
7. Time management improvements
8. Reduction in noise
“We are grateful to OSU’s NPDC ATS Team for submitting our company for this prestigious award and to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for highlighting our business partnership,” Howie said.
For more information about the awards ceremony, click::https://www.okhighered.org/econ-dev/partner-excellence-2019.shtml.