1 FEBRUARY 2010
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WHEELTUG, with partner Co-Operative Industries, says that it has successfully completed an Electrical Load Measurement (ELM) development test on a Boeing B737NG. The tests confirm sufficient power is available to operate the front nose wheel located electric drive system. There had been some industry speculation about whether the current B737NG APU could provide adequate electrical capacity during taxi to maintain normal aeroplane ground speed and operations. It uses power from the aircraft onboard Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The resulting improvements in efficiency, flexibility, fuel savings and reduced maintenance yield savings is projected to be in the order of US$500,000 per aircraft per year. WheelTug and Delta Air Lines entered into an agreement in 2007 in which the airline is assisting WheelTug in developing the system as the launch customer for the 737NG kit. www.wheeltug.gi
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