A friend of mine is the CEO of a company called WheelTug. They are an aerospace startup, developing a product that fits inside the nose wheel/landing gear of an airplane, enabling it to move under its own power around an airport, including pushing back from the gate, turning around, and gliding up to the taxiway so it can take off. This is a really exciting product, and they already have about 2,000 commitments from airline customers.
Next month, they will be giving the first fully-public demonstrations of the WheelTug system. This Video acts as an Invitation to attend the TestDrive, either online or in person. I invite my readers to take a look, and see if you don’t think this is a remarkable invention. WheelTug promotes their system to airlines, not as a fuel-saver (which it does), but as a time-saver, adding minutes per day that airlines can use to squeeze in additional flights, or improve scheduling. The system also saves aggravation, and eliminates the need for a separate ground-tugger and personnel to man that tugger (and potentially get in the way of the airplane, causing damage).
Take a look at the video, and tell me what you think. Comments encouraged!