Taxiing System Goes Green
Safran and Honeywell will be undertaking a project to try to minimize emissions released into the environment while aircraft are taxiing. The new system will hopefully not only protect the environment but operational efficiency of the airlines will also be improved. If the project to create an electric taxiing system runs according to schedule, it is hoped that it can be fitted to new and existing aircraft by the year 2016. A memorandum between the two companies was signed recently, highlighting their commitment to the venture and this innovative system that will bring green systems to the runway.
The project plans to not only reduce carbon emissions but improve fuel consumption. The entire project is focused on the environment; however, it will save the airlines costs as well, making it a lucrative system for all involved. The unit will see to it that while the aircraft is on the ground, the engines will switch off and the Auxiliary Power Unit will switch on, generating power for electrical motors to move the aircraft while conducting ground operations. With emissions and cost reductions, aircraft can taxi along the runways without polluting the air or being reliant on fossil fuels to move. Not only will the airlines be benefitting from this innovation, but it is hoped that consumers will also profit from this system, reducing travel costs and therefore being a cost saving system for all.
The partnership between Safran and Honeywell is advantageous for both parties, as Safran has extensive knowledge and experience in regard to landing gear systems, while Honeywell hold the keys to unlocking auxiliary power. Both companies are known for their innovative improvements in the aviation industry through their mechanical systems, and by joining forces the aviation industry is guaranteed to receive a product that will bring great change to the world of aviation. Both sides have expressed their excitement to be working together and are positive that by combining their experience and strengths, the new system will be a breath of fresh air for aviation and produce a product that will be welcomed by everyone in the industry.