6
Dec
2017

Self-drive nose wheel promises less time on the tarmac

The reason it takes so much time is that on the ground a large airliner isn’t like a bus. It hasn’t any means of propelling itself except by using the thrust from its jet engines or being pushed or towed by a tug vehicle. Both of these options can cause delays because jet exhausts can act as a barrier to other aircraft trying to enter and leave, and tugs need to be hooked up, maneuvered, then disengaged and moved clear. That’s assuming there aren’t other delays, like broken tow gear.

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