Taxibots To Tow Aircrafts, To Save Fuel, Cut Pollution At Airports


Taxibots To Tow Aircrafts, To Save Fuel, Cut Pollution At Airports

Aviation watchdog DGCA has allowed the use of taxibots — a semi-robotic vehicle — to tow aircrafts, whose engines will be shut, from the parking bay to the runway holding pointing to curb pollution at airports and save fuel.

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here will be the first to have these vehicles with the trial runs to be conducted for Jet Airways and SpiceJet aircrafts. These vehicles will be remote controlled by pilots till the runway point.

The trial-run of taxibots would start with aircrafts of Jet Airways and SpiceJet soon. It is expected that by mid-October, it will be put to commercial use, KSU Aviation, the operator of the vehicle, said.

The use of taxibots will help in cutting carbon dioxide emission at the IGI airport drastically. Usually, 800 kg of carbon dioxide is emitted for every 15 minutes of taxing, according to a KSU spokesperson.

Globally, in the airline space, 80 million tons of carbon dioxide is emitted every year because of aircraft taxing, the spokesperson said referring to a study. Read More

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