EL AL Israel
Airlines To Equip Aircraft With WheelTug Aircraft Drive System
By Mike Mitchell
November 7, 2011 - EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd. and WheelTug
executed a Letter of Intent to enter an agreement under
which EL AL will obtain a substantial part of the initial
production of WheelTug Aircraft Drive Systems for Boeing
737NG Aircraft for installation on their own aircraft
subject to financial and operational feasibility checks and
established in 1948 as the national Israel Airlines, has
grown into a prestigious international carrier, covering
every aspect of service, assuring that passengers'
requirements are met on time, every time.
WheelTug? electric drive system uses high-performance
electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an
aircraft, to provide full mobility while on the ground,
without the use of the aircraft's jet engines or tugs for
both pushback and taxi operations.
WheelTug enables aircraft to be electrically driven from the
terminal gate to the takeoff runway, and upon landing from
runway exit to the gate. The resulting improvements in
efficiency, flexibility, fuel savings, and reduced engine
foreign object damage (FOD) yield projected savings a
substantial operating expenses per aircraft per year, plus
substantial reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas
WheelTug system is being developed initially for the Boeing
737NG, one of the world's most widely flown aircraft;
systems for other models of commercial and military aircraft
WheelTug developer of the WheelTug integrated aircraft electric drive system is working with Gables Engineering, Inc., a leading provider of custom avionics controls, to design and manufacture the pilot cockpit panel used to control the WheelTug system on Boeing B-737NG aircraft.
Engineering will design, test, certify, and manufacture the cockpit
control panel and will work closely with WheelTug (system design) and
its partners Resource Group Limited (software development) and Newport
Aeronautical (system certification) to integrate and certify the final
cockpit control panel.
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