• Taxiing aircraft with engines stopped

  • The idea to taxi aircraft without the main engine thrust is not recent. When Aerospatiale’s (one of Airbus’ founder partners) design office provided its conclusions on a study for “motorized wheels for autonomous taxiing for a 76 tonnes subsonic aircraft” back in 1977, the technology and oil prices were not at today’s high level, making this idea a “must” to offer. As part of Airbus’ commitment to continuously improve its products and develop environmental-friendly solutions, Airbus’ Research and Technology program has revisited this case with various solutions in the recent years.
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