Victor Bird, the recently retired director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, joined longtime friend, Vince Howie, vice president/CEO of Aircraft Towing Systems (ATS) World Wide LLC, on Thursday night (Nov. 4) at Aberdeen Dynamics in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The pair admired the hydraulics work performed by Aberdeen Dynamics on the ATS prototype’s pull car. They also met with Marcin Szamborski, an ATS investor, and his friend, Dominick Punda. The Polish businessmen are in the U.S. to pick up a Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Wichita, Kansas, and they plan to fly the aircraft back to Poland.
The ATS system is designed to move aircraft around airports without the use of a jet engine. ATS has entered the prototype’s construction stage. Once complete, the prototype will feature an electric-powered pull car/tow dolly system designed to automatically transport aircraft at airports using an underground channel system. After a pilot lands, the aviator taxis and drives onto the pull car/tow dolly system. Once the aircraft’s nose wheel is secured, the pilot can turn off the main engines, saving fuel costs for airlines and other air carriers, and significantly reducing carbon emissions over time.
The ATS system’s underground channel system will be pre-installed under the taxiway and airport gates. The overall process creates many benefits for airports, including a reduction in fumes (air pollution), adds significant fuel savings and increases overall efficiency. Managed by
airport tower operators, the system optimizes airport taxiway traffic and equipment in and around flight operations and creates a much safer environment for aircraft at airports.
For more information, contact Kevan Goff-Parker director, Corporate Communications, Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC., 405.514.3972, firstname.lastname@example.org