Aircraft Towing Systems’ Purchase of an Abandoned Boeing 727 Reveals Aviation History from 2007 at Ardmore Industrial Airpark

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

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC CEO/Vice President Vince Howie stands before the formerly abandoned Boeing 727 that ATS WW LLC purchased in late February at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Last week, he, one of his two daughters, Abby Pogorzelski, who, like her father, is also a part-owner of company, and Howie’s son-in-law, Bill Pogorzelski, all climbed aboard the 727 to discover the plane’s interior. They entered through the emergency access door because it was the only way available to the back of the plane. (Photos courtesy of Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC)

ARDMORE, Oklahoma (04/13/2020) — Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC CEO/Vice President Vince Howie recently climbed aboard the company’s newly purchased Boeing 727 – a jet that was abandoned nearly 13 years ago at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Accompanied to the airpark by his daughter and son-in-law, Abby and Bill Pogorzelski, Howie said he was finally able to gain entry to the back part of the plane through an emergency access door. When functional, one of the 727’s most distinctive features includes a built-in “airstair” that opens from the rear underbelly of the fuselage. Howie 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 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 aircraft. It was fully functional about 13 years ago when they parked the aircraft. If functional, the APU may allow us to power the brakes and steering for our testing purposes.”

The narrow-bodied jet was first created to satisfy airliners’ growing needs during the early 1960s for a passenger aircraft that could be used at smaller cities with shorter runways. The APU was another Boeing innovation because it allowed air-conditioning and electrical systems to run without a ground-based power supply and without 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.

Powered by an electric engine and featuring an underground rail channel system, the ATS prototype has been 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.

The Kitty Hawk Air Cargo’s final aircraft flight log featured above. It was last signed in August 31, 2007. Airworthiness certificate (above, center). Flight data recorder (far right) and voice cockpit recorder (inset, above). An engine cowl from a different 727 jet (lower right). (Photos courtesy of Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC)

“Our jet will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of Aircraft Towing Systems,” Howie said. “King Aerospace will also 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 ATS to power the brakes and steering, which will make testing 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 the testing and demonstrations of our ATS prototype.”

He 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 demonstration.

“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’re 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.”

Two sets of jet engine cowls. (Photos courtesy of Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC)
Above, the intake and fuel control for the auxiliary power unit. (Photos courtesy of Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC)

For more information about ATS WW LLC, please call Kevan Goff-Parker, director of Corporate Communications, ATS WW LLC, 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

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ATS World Wide LLC and COVID-19

At Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC, we want you to know our company recognizes the challenges felt around the world because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As an international Oklahoma-based company, our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected. 
At ATS, we are following shelter-in-place and other advisories from our top health agencies. We’ve been able in this environment to allow our employees to continue the important work we started more than three years ago. We’re using online tools like teleconferences, phone calls, emails and more to accomplish constructing the ATS prototype for testing purposes and its eventual debut to the public.

Most importantly, please stay safe in the days ahead and feel free to contact us if you have questions or need further information at (1) 405-694-9861 or send me an email atvince.howie@atswwco.com.

 Thank you!

 Vince Howie

CEO/Vice President
Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC

OSU and Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education Honors Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC

(L-R) Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education Awards Luncheon Master of Ceremonies and State Regent of Higher Education Mike Turpen poses with ATS World Wide LLC CEO/VP Vince Howie after the innovative prototype company was recognized with a “Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award” for its work with OSU’s New Product Development Center.

‘Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award’ to honor Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC Thursday

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.

EDMOND, OK (3/10/2020) — Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC (ATS) has transformed from a Polish inventor’s dream into an exciting ongoing creative venture with Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center (NPDC).

The OSU team’s innovative research, development and design for the revolutionary transportation system has transitioned into the construction phase of the prototype and test site. Designed to move aircraft to and from airport taxiways and gates without the use of a jet’s main engines, ATS’ R&D evolution has been led by OSU NPDC Director Robert Taylor, Ph.D.

OSU recently nominated ATS for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s (OSRHE) “Business Partnership Excellence Award” and ATS will join others at 11 a.m. Thursday during a luncheon at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. The honor highlights such successful partnerships and how they further cultivate the higher learning environment through OSRHE’s Economic Development Grants.

Taylor said OSU is grateful for the regents’ ongoing support of bringing innovative business opportunities to Oklahoma.

“The unique ATS concept originated with Polish businessman and entrepreneur, Stan Malicki, along with the help of his hand-picked international engineers,” Taylor said. “Stan was attracted by Oklahoma’s pro-business environment, friendly workforce and he’s now president of ATS, which was incorporated in Oklahoma in 2016.

“ATS is both a state and internationally based company,” he said “ATS CEO/Vice President Vince Howie is also a partial owner and meets weekly with the NPDC ATS team. But, when we started, 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.

“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. The installation of the underground channel for its 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,” he said. “Some of ATS’ benefits should include a fuel-emission reductions, heightened efficiency and 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 for takeoff.”

Howie, former director of Aerospace and Defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said the OSU team is doing great work that should noticeably improve the way future airports operate.

“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 main engines are 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 World Wide LLC is pleased with the OSU 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 this 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
(1) 405.514.3972 or call ATS World Wide LLC CEO/VP Howie at (1) 405.694.9861.

“Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award” to Honor Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC on March 12 – PR.com

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.  

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Edmond, OK, March 03, 2020 –(PR.com)– Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC (ATS) has transformed from an inventor’s dream into an exciting ongoing creative venture with Oklahoma State University’s New Product Development Center (NPDC).

The NPDC ATS team’s innovative research, development and design for ATS’ revolutionary aircraft transportation system is resulting in the construction of a prototype 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 ATS in November 2016 and is developing a prototype testing system. The OSU team also nominated ATS for a special honor and it will be recognized with an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s “Business Partnership Excellence Award” at 11 a.m. on March 12 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.

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.  

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Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC to be honored with Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award on March 12

By Kevan Goff-Parker
Director of Corp. Communications
ATS World Wide LLC
405.514.3972


Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC will be honored with Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s 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.

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.