Deriving Benefits from Alternative Aircraft-Taxi Systems

Airlines can reduce fuel use, emissions, and costs while aircraft are on the ground, possibly through alternative approaches to taxiing aircraft in movement areas. By removing the need for using aircraft main engines during the majority of the taxi phase of operation in aircraft movement areas, there may be an overall net benefit for both the airport and aircraft operator. Recently, non-main-engine aircraft-taxiing (alternative aircraft-taxiing) systems have attracted the interest of industry and government research organizations. These systems include, among other alternative systems, an electric motor permanently fixed to the aircraft, or an electric tug. While many of these alternatives may provide energy and environmental benefits, their use may introduce potential challenges to aircraft operators and air traffic control, as well as place new demands on airport infrastructure. This report provides information on potential cost, energy, and environmental benefits such as reductions in noise, emissions, and time, as well as potential challenges of implementing alternative aircraft taxiing systems at U.S. airports.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 29p
  • Serial:
    • ACRP Report
    • Issue Number: 158
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 1935-9802
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    Open Access (libre)

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  • Accession Number: 01609877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309375597
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 02-50
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2016 9:15AM