WHEEL TUG are a company that has developed a pioneering concept to meet these challenges. They are developing a taxiing system, which consists of a nose wheel mounted motor and drive, powered by the aircraft’s Auxiliary Power Unit. The ultimate goal of the system is to save time, engine life and fuel use, resulting in reduced emissions and significant cost savings. The company approached Stirling to assess the system feasibility due to our unique landing gear system capability .

A full listing of WheelTug partner companies and airline customers is on the company’s website at



Video footage of the successful installation and test of the first in-wheel WheelTug® system in Prague on a 737-700. During testing, pilots were able to push the plane back, and taxi without waiting for a tug or powering up the engines. Pilots were able to move the plane through motors in the nosewheel powered solely by the aircraft’s APU. WheelTug savings are projected to be greater than current airline per-flight profits.

Mr. Ratan N. Tata

GIBRALTAR, July 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WheelTug plc is pleased to announce the interest and the endorsement of Mr. Ratan N. Tata, the former Chairman of Tata Sons.
Mr. Tata observed that, “In crowded airports today the application of new technologies that enabled more independent maneuverability of aircrafts would be a welcome new feature.”

Mr. Cox, WheelTug CEO agreed, saying “It is an honor and a privilege to welcome Mr. Tata to the WheelTug family. We are very excited about the future.”
The additions bring the total number of WheelTug systems reserved to well over 1,100.  Worldwide, WheelTug have now agreed terms with more than two dozen airlines; the Russian airlines are the fifth and sixth WheelTug signings of 2018

Author: TECH SINGH Urs


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