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ADDRESSING EMISSIONS FROM THE GROUND UP

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ATS’ engineless taxiing concept uses electric tow cars and dollies running on underground tracks to move aircraft between taxiways and terminals.

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Aviation contributes about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions—a percentage that the Air Transport Action Group predicts will increase without a switch to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). But sustainable fuels aren’t the only way to attack aviation’s fuel use and emissions.

A new system from Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide (ATS) tackles the problem from the ground up.

The company, based in Edmond, Okla., has introduced a concept that uses electric tow cars that run along below-grade tracks on airport ramps and taxiways to pull planes from the taxiway to the terminal. ATS is building a prototype at Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Oklahoma and will begin testing the finished concept in June.

According to Vince Howie, senior vice president and CEO at ATS, the best place to tackle aircraft emissions is on the ground.

“Aircraft are noisy, you can smell the gas and they burn a ton of fuel,” he says. “The most noticeable emissions are those planes emit on the ground.”

Howie stresses the ATS innovation ushers in tremendous potential for environmental savings and meeting future emissions limits. The development also comes at the right time. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has already released goals for engineless taxiing by 2050. Eventually, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will too.

Consider that Boeing 737s and Airbus A320 aircraft comprise about 80% of the commercial aviation fleet and burn about 9 gallons of fuel per minute during taxi, with an average taxi time of 16 to 27 minutes. Add in that when operating at normal capacity, the average commercial large airport could see such movement 800,000 to 900,000 times a year.

“If an aircraft uses 9 gallons of fuel a minute for 16 minutes, 800,000 times a year, and fuel costs $2-$3 a gallon, you are talking some real money,” Howie says. “The savings our system will offer is huge.” 

He adds the system not only saves fuel but slashes emissions. Pilots can turn off engines as electric tow cars pull the aircraft.

“You cut emissions by up to 80% when you turn off the main engines,” he says. “The APU is the only thing that stays running to power air conditioning and provide power to aircrew and passengers.”

Turning off engines also reduces noise.

“The noise reduction is immediate and tremendous when you turn off the engines,” Howie adds. “Our system also reduces collisions because we follow a track as we move aircraft to the terminal.”

The ATS system also reduces engine maintenance intervals because pilots shut off aircraft engines on the ground.

“This provides a trickle-down savings,” he says. 

A Better Way to Taxi

The system is the longtime dream of Polish businessman and entrepreneur Stan Malicki, ATS president. Malicki turned to Howie to help develop the concept after a pilot friend expressed frustration about the lengthy taxi times and the needless burning of aviation fuel. Helicopter engineers who worked for Malicki in Poland created the concept then patented it globally.

Malicki turned to Howie to help bring his concept to life. At the time, Howie worked as director of aerospace and defense for the State of Oklahoma, where he recruited aerospace companies to the state.

Oklahoma’s strong aerospace background and pro-aviation business environment encouraged Malicki to eventually move his company there. In 2016, Malicki moved ATS from Poland to Oklahoma and Howie left his state job to become part owner. 

“We had completed design work and needed to create a prototype so people could see our concept in action,” Howie explains. “We worked with the Oklahoma State University New Product Development Center (OSU NPDC) in Stillwater, Okla., to design and develop the ATS system prototype. And we brought in experts to create parts of the system.”

Building a Prototype

COVID-19 struck as ATS started work on its prototype. The situation delayed the project for almost a year. But ATS finally broke ground on Jan. 14, 2021 to build a prototype at Ardmore Industrial Airpark. 

ATS hired Citadel Construction and several Oklahoma subcontractors to build the underground channel. Eyestone Steel Erectors will erect, assemble and install the unique structural steel components imported from Poland. 4G Concrete Inc. is providing the cement, rebar, mesh and other concrete related materials needed to reinforce the poured-in-place concrete channel. Steel plates will cover the entire underground channel system.

The system’s modular design allows construction crews to install precast sections after hours. The installed sections become operational at once.

“This keeps the disruption to airports minimal,” he says. 

Once complete, ATS will use an electric-powered underground pull cart and above-ground tow dolly to run along the U-shaped channel to move aircraft to and from airport runways and gates without relying on aircraft engines. A 400-horsepower Borg Warner electric motor, used in electric cars, powers the pull cart and tow dolly. 

ATS purchased a 727 to demo its towing innovation.

“Once complete and weather permitting, we will use the ATS channel to test our aircraft towing system prototype this summer,” he says.

How the ATS System Works

Howie describes the ATS system as a modern rail system for aircraft. The pull cart sits on a track on a monorail in the channel’s bottom, which sits underground. Two sets of hydraulic motors, one in front and one in back, move the cart. 

Upon landing an aircraft, pilots’ taxi to the correct taxiway and drive the aircraft nose wheel onto the ATS tow dolly, which looks like a round disc with ramps on each end. Doing so secures the aircraft in place.

“Once that happens, pilots turn off the main engines and the tow dolly does the work,” Howie says. “A round tow dolly puts no stress on nose landing gear. There is positive control of the aircraft. The system can pull or push aircraft in different directions, but the pilot maintains control.”

The system works with a foot of snow or an inch of ice.

“Our system eliminates aircraft sliding off taxiways because of the weather,” he says. “And we can program the system to slow down or speed up taxi times. We’re taking this manual system and automating it. OSU calculations show our system will increase throughput in airports up to 30%, without adding a gate.” 

He adds airports have asked about using the system for pushbacks. The ATS system would push aircraft away from airport gates with specialized pushcars that also operate in an underground channel. 

By designing a system for taxiing and pushbacks, Howie explains, ATS expanded the product’s reach.

“We had targeted 34 airports in the United States for the total system; hubs like Dallas or O’Hare and places like that,” he says. “But we had 22 smaller airports say they needed an electric pushback system, so we developed a curve that lets us bring in an aircraft and flip it as we push it back. Around 200 U.S. airports could benefit from the pushback system.” 

The system uses full-size pull cars able to handle regional-size jets up to an A380.

“We sized it to be one size fits all,” Howie says. “In the future, we’ll develop more sizes. Some airports will never have an A380 or 787 and don’t need a bigger size. We are already designing smaller pieces.” 

Working with ATS

According to ATS officials, the company has received interest from several major airports across the United States and Europe, including London Heathrow as well as airports in Denmark, Sweden, Dubai, Poland and others. 

Should airports decide to add the ATS system, the first step is to simulate the airport. 

“We are working on a simulation model right now, so that we can take the airport layout and traffic patterns and optimize them,” he says. “This process determines where we will place track. Power is not an issue—airports have plenty of power. But we need to pay attention to drainage systems.” 

The next step is to develop a construction schedule that minimizes downtime.

“We work out a timeline that will cause the least disruption,” he says.

A large airport can expect the project to take 10 to 12 months, while a project at a smaller airport might be complete in 6 months. 

“We believe the ATS system will revolutionize the way airports operate and will change the world one airport at a time,” Howie says.

RETIRED OKLAHOMA AERONAUTICS COMMISSION DIRECTOR VICTOR BIRD NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF AIRCRAFT TOWING SYSTEMS WORLD WIDE LLC

Distinguished retired Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird has been named the chief operating officer for Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC.
Distinguished retired Oklahoma Aeronautics (OAC) Commission Director Victor Bird has been named the chief operating officer for Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC. Here, he spoke during a recent OAC event.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – Longtime Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) Director Victor Bird, a recognized state and national aviation leader who retired as a public servant on Nov. 1, has been named Aircraft Towing Systems (ATS) World Wide LLC’s chief operating officer.

ATS Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Vince Howie said he’s been impressed with Bird’s significant leadership and management talents ever since the pair were matched through Tinker Air Force Base’s Honorary Commanders program more than 20 years ago – the community outreach and interaction program pairs state, legislative and civic trailblazers with key Tinker AFB senior staff for a period of one year.

“We are delighted to have someone of Vic Bird’s caliber on our team,” Howie said. “He’s an aerospace-policymaking and regional-funding airport expert who will help manage ATS as we advance into our next level of excellence. Vic has 36 years of distinguished public service with the state of Oklahoma, with his last 18 years serving as the director of the OAC.

“Vic Bird is the first and only Oklahoman to serve as chairman of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in its 90-year history, and is the only non-elected public official to receive the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association’s most prestigious award, the Hartranft Award.”

He said Bird also received the General Thomas P. Stafford Award from Oklahoma’s aerospace industry for his outstanding contributions to the industry in 2009. In 2018, NASAO also presented him with its highest award, the Kenneth Rowe Ambassador of Aviation Award.

“Vic’s dedication and skills have made a tremendous and lasting difference in Oklahoma and beyond,” Howie said. “His tenure as director has been marked with distinction by his peers in aviation and aerospace, and by professional firsts. He is a nationally respected leader in aviation, and his expertise and advocacy have been instrumental in making aerospace Oklahoma’s second largest industry.”

ATS World Wide LLC President Stan Malicki describes his team as “ecstatic” to have Bird join the company.

 “We believe Vic will use his ‘Airvangelism’ to help us make our revolutionary concept a reality,” he said.

Bird said he is also excited to become part of the ATS team.

“I’ll get to work with Stan and Vince, two gentlemen I have immense respect for and to help make this game-changing system a reality,” he said. “Powered and controlled aircraft by the Wright brothers revolutionized travel. The pressurized cabin, the jet engine, and air traffic control made monumental changes to aviation that impacted the world.

“I believe that this safety-enhancing, fuel-saving and environmentally friendly system of moving airliners on and around an airport will have an impact similar in magnitude to these other innovations.”

It was Malicki, a successful Polish businessman, who first envisioned the possibilities of the ATS system. Incorporated in Oklahoma in 2016, the company collaborated early on with Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) New Product Development Center (NPDC) on the system’s design. ATS is now working with OSU’s NPDC and other experts constructing the innovative ATS system.

Howie said Malicki’s dream of creating a way for pilots to move aircraft around airports without the use of a jet’s engines is now entering the prototype construction phase.

“We use an electric-powered pull car/tow dolly system designed to automatically transport aircraft at airports using an underground channel system,” he said. “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 shut off the main engines, saving fuel costs for airlines and other air carriers, and significantly reducing carbon emissions.”

He said the beauty of the ATS system is that aircraft move using the underground channel system under the taxiway and on to the appropriate gate, and back, using electricity. The process reduces 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, plus it creates a much safer environment for aircraft at airports.

“We’re excited because unique steel components have already been shipped from Poland and will soon arrive at our prototype test site at the Ardmore Industrial Air Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma. We hope to move an airplane in early 2021,” Howie said.

Distinguished retired Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird has been named the chief operating officer of Aircraft Towing Systems World
(L-R) Victor Bird, the recently retired director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, and Vince Howie, vice president/CEO of Aircraft Towing Systems (ATS) World Wide LLC, during a recent visit to Aberdeen Dynamics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bird has since been named the ATS chief of Operations.
During the visit, 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 were in the U.S. to pick up a Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Wichita, Kansas, and they plan to fly the aircraft back to Poland.

For more information, please contact Kevan Goff-Parker, director, Corporate Communications, Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC., 405.514.3972, kevan.goff-parker@atswwco.com

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Longtime Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird has been named Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC’s chief operating officer

AIRCRAFT TOWING SYSTEMS LEADER VISITS TULSA’S ABERDEEN DYNAMICS

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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, kevan.goff-parker@atswwco.com

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Aircraft Towing Systems’ Prototype Testing Scheduled for Early Spring

By Kevan Goff-Parker, Corporate Communications Director, ATS World Wide LLC.

ATS Prototype Testing in Spring.
ATS World Wide LLC is constructing its underground pull-car and above-ground towing system prototype and will soon dig its underground-rail channel. ATS will test and transport a used 727 jet that the company purchased last winter to test the ATS system in spring. Photo collage by Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC.

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC is leading its contractors in the creation of the first ATS system prototype now undergoing various stages of development and construction with the goal to begin prototype testing next spring. The ATS system is designed to transport an airport’s aircraft to and from runways, ramps and gates without the use of a jet’s main engines.

The photos above display an early artist’s rendering of the prototype and some of the steel cover plates, I-beams and cantilevers, plus some reinforcing rebar that will be installed to support the underground-concrete channel. It will be located under select ramp areas at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Citadel Construction LLC President Michael Shoemaker will begin and manage construction of the channel in the coming weeks. Once complete, the channel will be used to demonstrate how an ATS electric-powered “pull car,” equipped with an above-ground tow dolly, moves aircraft to and from airport locations using the channel’s underground-rail system.

ATS CEO/Vice President Vince Howie orchestrates the day-to-day operations of ATS while consulting with Polish ATS inventor and company President Stan Malicki. ATS consultants also include Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center, Data3, Jviation Inc., Aberdeen Dynamics, Production Machine and Tool (PMT), Poclain Hydraulics and Alan Kirkpatrick, a consulting mechanical design engineer.

Howie said creating a prototype is a “learn as you go” process and there have been design and other changes made, but he’s pleased with ATS’ overall progress.

“Everything is going great,” Howie said. “We’re constructing the pull car and it will transport the used 727 jet we purchased last winter to help us test our prototype.”

Anticipated benefits from ATS include improved safety, fuel savings, a reduction in airport accidents, decreased emissions, as well as increased airport efficiency, a longer jet-engine life, time-management improvements and a reduction in noise.

For more information, contact ATS World Wide LLC Vice President/CEO Vince Howie at (1) 405-694-9861 or ATS Director of Corporate Communications Kevan Goff-Parker at (1) 405-514-3972. Website: https://www.aircrafttowingsystems.com

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First Underground-Tunnel Bracket Manufactured for Aircraft Towing Systems

Aircraft Towing Systems’ revolutionary electric-powered prototype will demonstrate how ATS transports aircraft at airports without the use of an aircraft’s main engines

Aircraft Towing Systems' revolutionary electric-powered prototype will demonstrate how ATS transports aircraft at airports without the use of an aircraft’s main engines.

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC and its associated contractors, including Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center, are busy transforming a Polish inventor’s dream into a prototype designed to introduce an innovative new way of moving aircraft at airports. The piece of steel featured above is the first manufactured as part of the ATS underground-tunnel system that will be located beneath a taxiway, ramp and gate area at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark. An electric tug car known as a “pull car” connects to an above-ground “tow dolly” mechanism that tugs and pushes an aircraft from one location to another. The electric-powered system allows pilots to turn off the aircraft’s main engines. Anticipated benefits from ATS include improved safety, fuel savings, a reduction in airport accidents, decreased emissions, as well as increased airport efficiency, a longer jet-engine life, time-management improvements and a reduction in noise. For more information, contact ATS World Wide LLC Vice President/CEO Vince Howie at (1) 405-694-9861 or ATS Director of Corporate Communications Kevan Goff-Parker at (1) 405-514-3972. Website: https://www.aircrafttowingsystems.com.

ATS on the Move!

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC recently moved its 727 jet into place for the testing of its new prototype aircraft transport system.
Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC recently hired King Aerospace to move its demonstration plane across the tarmac to its testing site at Ardmore Industrial Airpark. Working with Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center, the ATS team recently purchased the long abandoned 727 jet. The narrow-bodied aircraft will be used demonstrate how ATS’ prototype will move aircraft across airports using an electric engine and its undergroBoomie63!und rail system with the use of a plane’s main engines.

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Obstacles and Opportunities for the Aviation
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With air travel in turmoil during the pandemic, businesses pivot toward new avenues.

By Christine Negroni
April 29, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET

With air travel in turmoil during the pandemic, businesses pivot toward new avenues.

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve.

The coronavirus outbreak has upended commercial aviation, with consequences that are not fully realized. The airline trade group, International Air Transport Association, anticipates that the world’s air carriers will see this year’s revenues drop by more than half, and a number of industry watchers predict that it will be years before air travel returns to 2019 levels.

The crisis has created both hurdles and opportunities for entrepreneurs offering new products or services.

“Timing is often out of our control, but our ability to be nimble and keep pivoting, that is essential,” said Marie Forleo, the owner of an online business training program and the author of the book “Everything Is Figureoutable.”

Sometimes even that is not enough, as Heather Howley, the owner of Independent Helicopters, is learning. Her charter air service was thriving for nearly a dozen years, providing aerial inspection and mapping services in New Windsor, N.Y., a rapidly developing area about 60 miles north of New York City. But when drones started making inroads into that business several years ago, Ms. Howley looked elsewhere to keep her company aloft.

“We fill in in situations where a drone can’t go,” said Ms. Howley, the business’s chief pilot. “We do football games, baseball games.” At the same time, she increased her focus on flight training and offered the ground portion of it online. But with large events canceled and flight schools deemed nonessential, the coronavirus pandemic threatens Ms. Howley’s business in spite of her flexibility.

At the end of March, Ms. Howley was worried about how she would survive if the economy shut down for more than a month and projected that even after business resumes, it would be slow.

“We may see another drop in students even after we get back to work,” she said. “We’re still supporting the utility company, but they’re not paying us at the moment since none of their staff is in the office to cut the checks. It’s a vicious cycle.”

The opposite has happened to Arthur Kreitenberg, a physician and inventor, and his son Elliot. In 2013, the duo bet that airlines would be eager to buy a product that disinfects planes. After the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, Virgin America (now part of Alaska Airlines) gave the Kreitenbergs access to its airliners so they could create the GermFalcon, a device that kills germs in airplane cabins using ultraviolet light.

“Airlines play a direct role in the way disease is spread around the world,” the younger Mr. Kreitenberg said, a claim supported by a 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy that cited the growth in intercontinental air travel as a factor in the global spread of dangerous pathogens.

But the Kreitenbergs misjudged the market; no airlines were interested. Instead, they turned their attention to disinfectin

“People dismissed us as Chicken Little, but in the last couple of months there’s been a change of heart” in the aviation industry, the younger Mr. Kreitenberg said.

“Regulations have taken risk-taking away, and not even swashbuckling risk, but even a way of looking at the future as something you can construct,” said Saras Sarasvathy, a professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. As a result, many beneficial innovations may never be realized, Professor Sarasvathy said.

Luke Miles, co-founder and creative director of the London-based industrial design firm New Territory, came up with a novel idea for how to make airplane seats more comfortable. But he recognized that having to get government approval for an entirely new seat design would be an expensive and time-consuming problem, so he found a workaround. Last fall, he unveiled Interspace, a set of panels embedded in the upholstery of seat backs that already meet government regulations. During flight, a traveler can unfold the panels, lean into them and sleep.

“Sometimes, it is not about grand moves and everything has to change,” Mr. Miles said. “Here’s where we could enter carefully in a considered way and have more success.”

Mr. Miles, whose company has done design work for Airbus, Aeromexico and Virgin Atlantic, said his experience and connections with airlines contributed to the final product. This collaboration with potential customers is critical.

In his book “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen,” the author Dan Heath calls this “surrounding a problem.”

“When you have a complex problem, there is usually no one person or entity who has all the answers,” he said in an interview. “You have a situation where people only see a facet of the problem, and it’s only by assembling the different facets you can come to appreciate the whole and solve for the whole.”

But the Kreitenbergs had no experience in aviation and few contacts, only Elliot Kreitenberg’s evangelism for his father’s invention.

“All we could do was say, ‘We’re using this technology that works in hospitals, and we built it so it fits on an airplane,’” he said.

Stan Malicki, a Polish businessman, faced a similar problem generating buzz for his invention, a system that moves airplanes on an electric track, instead of using engine thrust. The company, Aircraft Towing Systems, claimed U.S. carriers could save millions of gallons of fuel each year while reducing their carbon emissions. But on its own, the company couldn’t get traction until the State of Oklahoma got involved.

“Thrust is a terrible way to move airplanes. It’s great in the air, but terrible on the ground,” said Vince Howie, who saw the idea’s value and could do something about it as director of aerospace and defense with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Mr. Howie persuaded Mr. Malicki to move from Europe to Oklahoma, joining the state’s substantial aviation network, which includes two of the world’s largest aircraft maintenance stations, Tinker Air Force Base and American Airlines. A.T.S. contracted with Oklahoma State University to help develop the prototype, and Mr. Howie became the chief executive at the end of last year.

“It is a collaboration of 10 people with different ideas, and of course everybody we talk to, I always want to hear the negatives,” Mr. Howie said. “I want to hear the negatives so we can put a mitigation or design changes as needed.”

Because good ideas do not thrive on their own, Professor Sarasvathy said, entrepreneurs should remain open to the ideas of their potential customers and investors.

Ideas are the products the Florida-based aviation consultant Tricia Fantinato was selling to airports and aerospace companies until the coronavirus brought an abrupt halt to funding for many projects.

“This going to be the new normal, so we have to be prepared,” she said she planned to tell them, adding that she was there to advise them during the crisis.

“This going to be the new normal, so we have to be prepared,” she said she planned to tell them, adding that she was there to advise them during the crisis.”

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Photo Essay: Aircraft Towing Systems’ Purchase of Abandoned Boeing 727 Reveals Aviation History

When Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC recently purchased an abandoned Boeing 727 left at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in 2007, little did ATS CEO/Vice President Vince Howie know the former Kitty Hawk Air Cargo jet would act like a time capsule from 2007. Editors Note: This photo essay features more than 12 photos and cutlines to be downloaded at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9htgbn7odwx93i2/AACDGVaB8EOVx4FfgqyUje9da?dl=0

Oklahoma City, OK, April 28, 2020 –(PR.com)– Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC CEO/Vice President Vince Howie recently climbed aboard the company’s newly purchased Boeing 727 – a 1960s jet left abandoned 13 years ago at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Accompanied by his daughter and son-in-law, Abby and Bill Pogorzelski, Howie first entered the back of the jet through an emergency door because “airstairs” located near the underbelly of the fuselage had no power. He said the jet looked as if “the pilot had just landed the 727, turned off the engines and simply walked away” in 2007.

“When I stepped into the plane, the first thing I saw were two oxygen bottles and a fire extinguisher still strapped in their holders,” Howie said. “Everything looked as if it was ready for the next flight. We were all surprised because of the good condition of the aircraft and how it acted as a time capsule from 2007.

“It was also amazing to find the auxiliary power unit (APU) still installed in the trijet. It was fully functional about 13 years ago when they parked it. If functional, the APU may allow us to power the brakes and steering for our testing purposes.”

The narrow-bodied Boeing jet was built to satisfy airliners’ growing need during the early 1960s for a passenger jet that could be flown to and from smaller cities with shorter runways. The APU was another Boeing innovation that allowed air-conditioning and electrical systems to run without a ground-based power supply and or having to start one of the jet’s main engines. ATS’ particular 727-223 was once owned by Kitty Hawk Air Cargo based out of Texas, which went bankrupt in 2008.

“Our jet will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of Aircraft Towing Systems,” Howie said. “King Aerospace will install the engine cowls we discovered inside, clean the aircraft and apply the ATS’ logos. If they can get the APU working, it will allow us to power the brakes and steering, which will make the testing of our prototype much safer and easier.

“We also purchased two new front tires. King Aerospace will also move the jet onto the ATS ramp space where it will be used for testing and demonstration purposes.”

Powered by an electric engine and featuring an underground rail channel system, the ATS prototype is designed to move aircraft to and from an airport’s runways to taxiways and gates – all without the use of an aircraft’s main engines. Anticipated benefits from ATS include improved safety, fuel savings, a

reduction in airport accidents, decreased emissions, as well as increased airport efficiency, a longer jet-engine life, time management improvements, and a reduction in noise.

Howie said he first noticed the 727 at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark when he visited several years ago and thought he might eventually lease the jet as a test aircraft for the ATS prototype testing and demonstrations.

“When I discovered it was abandoned, I asked if I might buy it,” Howie said. “The City of Ardmore then filed for an abandoned title and put it up for auction, so we bought it. We are excited about the future of our ATS prototype and the innovation it will bring to airports worldwide.

“We believe our strategic investment in this jet will be the perfect instrument to demonstrate how ATS works in the days ahead.”

For more information about ATS WW LLC, please call Kevan Goff-Parker, director of Corporate Communications, ATS, at 405-514-3972, kevan.goff-parker@atswwco.com or contact Howie at 405-694-9861 or write him at vince.howie@atswwco.com. Website: https://www.aircrafttowingsystems.com

Media outlets may download photos with photo credit listed as “Photos courtesy of Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC” at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9htgbn7odwx93i2/AACDGVaB8EOVx4FfgqyUje9da?dl=0

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April 23, 2020, 5:42 PM … When Vince Howie first noticed the Kitty Hawk Air Cargo Boeing 727 parked forlornly at Oklahoma’s Ardmore Industrial … Howie’s Aircraft Towing Systems World-Wide (ATS) has been developing the technology in …Missing: llc ‎| Must include: llc

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Vintage 727 Airliner Deployed to Test New Aircraft Towing System

by Curt Epstein – April 23, 2020, 5:42 PM

ATS World-Wide CEO Vince Howie poses with his company’s new acquisition, a formerly-derelict Boeing 727 that it will use to test and demonstrate its permanently installed, automated aircraft towing system. (Photo: ATS)

When Vince Howie first noticed the Kitty Hawk Air Cargo Boeing 727 parked forlornly at Oklahoma’s Ardmore Industrial Airpark several years ago, he thought about leasing it someday to test his company’s permanently installed automatic aircraft towing system. Howie’s Aircraft Towing Systems World-Wide (ATS) has been developing the technology in cooperation with Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center.

As the prototype of the electrically-powered system nears completion, he inquired about the classic tri-jet’s status. “When I discovered it was abandoned, I asked if I might buy it,” said Howie. “The City of Ardmore then filed for an abandoned title and put it up for auction.” With no other bidders, ATS was able to acquire it for just over the minimum bid.

The aircraft had not moved since 2007, and its former owner declared bankruptcy the following year. When ATS CEO Howie and several other ATS employees and family members went to examine the new acquisition, they found the only entrance that was accessible was the aft ventral airstairs (the same access point the notorious D.B. Cooper used to escape his 1971 mid-air 727 hijacking attempt).

Once inside, it became clear that the aircraft had simply been closed up when its owners walked away. Its flight log ended with entries for its last flight in August 2007, and all interior equipment was still present, down to the fire extinguishers. Its last airworthiness certificate was found in the cockpit, along with some 2007-vintage aviation publications. The Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines had been removed at some point, but their cowlings and thrust reversers were found in the cargo compartment.

The 727’s flight engineer station was well preserved, showing its 1960s vintage technology. (Photo: ATS)

Another discovery proved a major bonus for the new owners. “It was amazing to find the auxiliary power still installed,” said Howie, adding that King Aerospace will handle the cleaning and partial refurbishment of the jet. “If they can get the APU working, it will allow ATS to power the brakes and steering, which will make testing much safer and easier.” King Aerospace will also install the engine cowlings, and mount new tires on the aircraft as part of its rehabilitation.

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“We believe our strategic investment in this jet will be the perfect instrument to demonstrate how ATS works in the days ahead,” noted Howie. ATS, which would represent a major capital expenditure for an airport, is integrated into the ground control system, and run by the ground control tower personnel. It uses tow tractors that ride along underground, permanently-installed rail channels, leading from the runway to the terminals. Intended to be able to move aircraft with their engines off, anticipated benefits include improved safety, fuel savings, decreased emissions, increased engine lifespan, reduced ground staff requirements, and noise reduction.

Howie told AIN that testing with the 727 should begin in about four months when the prototype installation is completed at the Ardmore Airpark. He expects trials to be completed by the end of the year, pending regulatory approval. “We have several very interested airports and we continue to work with the FAA,” he concluded.

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Aircraft Towing Systems Partners with Oklahoma State University on New Transportation System

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC and Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center (NPDC) are developing a prototype designed to move aircraft to and from airport taxiways and gates without the use of a jet’s main engines.

Led by OSU’s NPDC Director Robert Taylor, Ph.D., the center began working on the project in November 2016 and it’s currently developing a testing system for the prototype. The OSU team also recently nominated ATS for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s “Business Partnership Excellence Award,” which was presented at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma in March.

“The unique ATS concept originated with Polish businessman and entrepreneur Stan Malicki, along with the help of his hand-picked international engineers,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted that Malicki, president of ATS, likes Oklahoma’s pro-business environment and friendly workforce. Company Vice President/CEO Vince Howie is a partial owner of ATS and meets weekly with the NPDC ATS team as they fulfill the research, development and design on the contract.

“When we started working on the project in 2016, we basically had a package and pretty much a blank slate before we created a team out of converged departments, professors and mechanical, aerospace, civil, electrical and computer engineering undergraduate and graduate students, including five Ph.Ds.,” Taylor said. “Our research and development of ATS provides students with real-world experience, and that is what our center is wrapped around – the commercialization of new product development and contributing to economic development in Oklahoma.”

ATS broke ground at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in November 2019, and installation of the underground channel for ATS’s electric-powered railway system should be complete under select portions of the airport’s ramp areas by this summer.

“I suspect there are small bits and pieces we’ll need to adjust, which is common when you introduce a prototype and test the system, but we’re excited,” Taylor said. “Some of the benefits of ATS will be a reduction of fuel emissions, and it should improve efficiency, as well as an increase in safety because ATS will be run by ground control, so there should few if any aircraft accidents on the ground. With a fully installed ATS system, a pilot can land on a runway and move onto the taxiway, where he or she can align the aircraft’s nose wheel into an ATS pull car.

“Once the nose wheel is secured, a pilot can turn off the main engine and ATS safely moves the aircraft using its channel system to the appropriate gate,” he added. “The reverse process is used when pilots are ready to takeoff. Pilots will then turn on their engines and drive off the pull car, move into position and take off.”

Howie, former director of aerospace and defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said Taylor and the OSU NPDC team are doing work that may revolutionize the way airports run in the future.

“ATS is fully automated, powered by an electric motor that moves aircraft autonomously using a rail system located in a channel just below the surface of select portions of the airport taxiways and gate areas,” Howie said. “ATS will negate the need for tug-and-cart equipment and associated personnel. We do foresee increased operational efficiencies, including the potential to increase the speed of airport gate turnover, as well as environmental and safety benefits.”

Howie said ATS has the potential to provide solutions to the challenges of wasted aircraft fuel because fuel will be saved when the main engine is shut off.

“We believe ATS will reduce harmful fuel emissions, decrease noise around airports and potentially extend jet engine life, all while reducing aircraft collisions,” Howie said. “This will create an overall safer and more efficient takeoff and landing system.”

He said ATS has been happy with the type of work the OSU NPDC team has performed.

“The kind of work they do has really been outstanding, so we’re really thrilled,” Howie said. “It has been a marvelous relationship. People are excited to see the prototype operational.”

Howie said various contractors in Oklahoma, Texas and at additional locations are working on different aspects of the production. In Oklahoma City, Citadel Construction Company continues its work on installing the channel at Ardmore Industrial Airpark. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Data3 Corporation is preparing the software that will allow airport control towers to operate ATS.

Production Machine and Tool (PMT) is a veteran-owned small business offering extensive machining and manufacturing expertise out of its production facility in Wichita Falls, Texas. The PMT team continues to work from OSU’s NPDC team’s technical drawings as they create the various metal components of the ATS system.

“The ATS team recently made changes to the tow cart and tow dolly, ordered materials for the center rotating plate and continue work on the system’s synthetic wheels,” Howie said. “We believe by early March, painting of the disassembled pull cart for the electric-powered railway system should be complete. Aberdeen Dynamics of Tulsa, an expert hydraulics system company, will travel to PMT in early March to help assemble the ATS pull-cart, while Poclain Hydraulics, the company that built the hydraulic system’s pumps and motors, will also have a representative present to assist as needed.

For more information about ATS, please visit www.aircrafttowingsystems.com or contact Kevan Goff-Parker, director of corporate communications, at (405) 514-3972 or kevan.goff-parker@atswwco.com.

 


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The award is designed to highlight successful partnerships and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through the Oklahoma State Regent’s Economic Development Grants. Taylor said he is grateful to the state regents for supporting OSU’s business partnerships.
“The unique ATS concept originated with Polish businessman and entrepreneur, Stan Malicki, along with the help of his hand-picked international engineers,” Taylor said.
He said Malicki likes Oklahoma’s pro-business environment and friendly workforce and is now the company’s president. Incorporated in Oklahoma in 2016, ATS is an Oklahoma and internationally based company. ATS CEO/Vice President Vince Howie is a partial owner of the company and meets weekly with the NPDC ATS team.
“When we started in 2016, we had a package and pretty much a blank slate before we created a team out of converged departments, professors and mechanical, aerospace, civil, electrical and computer engineering undergraduate and graduate students, including five Ph.Ds.,” Taylor said. “ATS provides our students with real world experience and that’s what our center is wrapped around – the commercialization of new product development and contributing to economic development in Oklahoma.”
ATS held a groundbreaking celebration at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in November 2019 and installation of the underground channel for ATS’ electric-powered railway system should be complete by this summer.
“I suspect there are small bits and pieces we’ll need to adjust, which is common when you introduce a prototype and test the system, but we’re excited,” Taylor said. “Some of ATS’ benefits will be a reduction of fuel emissions, heightened efficiency and an increase in safety because ATS will be run by ground control, so there should few if any aircraft ground accidents. Pilots can land on a runway, move onto the taxiway and align the aircraft’s nose wheel into an ATS pull car.
“Once the nose wheel is secured, the pilot can turn off the main engines and ATS safely moves the aircraft using its channel system to the appropriate gate. The reverse process is used for takeoffs. Pilots will then turn on their engines, drive off the pull car and move into position to takeoff.”
Howie, former director of aerospace and defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said the OSU NPDC team is doing great work that may revolutionize the way airports run in the future.
“ATS is fully automated, powered by an electric motor and moves aircraft autonomously using a rail system located in a channel just below the surface of an airport’s taxiways and gates,” Howie said. “ATS will negate the need for tug-and-cart equipment and associated personnel. We foresee increased operational efficiencies, including increasing the speed of airport-gate turnover, as well as environmental and safety benefits.”
He said ATS has the potential to provide solutions to the challenges of wasted aircraft fuel because fuel will be saved when the main engine is shutoff.
“We believe ATS will reduce harmful fuel emissions, decrease noise around airports and potentially extend jet-engine life, all while reducing aircraft collisions,” Howie said. “This will create an overall safer and more efficient takeoff and landing system.”
He said ATS has been pleased with the OSU NPDC team’s performance.
“The kind of work they do has really been outstanding, so we’re really thrilled,” Howie said. “It has been a marvelous relationship. People are excited to see the prototype operational.
“We believe there’s a super bright future for this opportunity, not just for OSU, but because we believe it is the next phase of automation for airports worldwide.”
For more information about ATS and 300 DPI photos, click https://www.aircrafttowingsystems.com or contact Kevan Goff-Parker
Director of Corporate Communications, ATS World Wide LLC
405.514.3972
Cutline for Photo: Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC CEO/Vice President Vince Howie stands before a Boeing 727 at Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The plane will be used to test and demonstrate how ATS moves aircraft autonomously using a rail system located in a channel just below the surface of select portions of an airport’s taxiways and gates.
Contact Information:
Aircraft Transport Systems World Wide LLC
Kevan Goff-Parker
405-514-3972
Contact via Email
ATS World Wide LLC CEO/VP Vince Howie can be reached at 405-694-9861.
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