June 25, 2012
Wheeltug successfully tests electric drive system on Boeing 737NG
Wheeltug announced the successful installation and test of the first in-wheel WheelTug system in Prague on a Germania 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. The four day ‘M1′ system test was conducted at Prague Ruzyne Airport. The system performed on all pavement types as well as wet and oil-slicked tarmac.