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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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