BENEFITS

ATS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES SAFETY

by greatly reducing aircraft collisions with other aircraft, structures,  ground equipment around ramp areas and on taxiways. Each year there are several hundred aircraft collisions that occur during taxiing. Fortunately, most of these accidents do not endanger passengers’ lives, but they still have a negative impact on the daily operations of the airport, airlines and passengers. These collisions also cause huge financial losses ($50 Billion U.S. annually) and disrupt airport operations.

ATS SAVES FUEL

In 2016, passenger aircraft consumed 80-million liters or 21 million gallons of jet fuel per day or 29-billion liters or 7.7 billion gallons per year.

FIVE PERCENT OF AIRCRAFT FUEL CONSUMPTION WAS USED FOR TAXIING

Approximately 4 million liters or 1 million gallons per day or1.46 billion or 385,000 gallons per year were consumed by aircraft during taxiing. 

ATS PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

The following amounts of of gases were released into the environment during aircraft taxing procedures at three European airports, Frankfurt, London - Heathrow and Paris - Charles de Gaulle. 

 

 

FUEL PRICES

One of the major advantages of implementing the ATS system to transport aircraft at an airport is significant fuel savings. Aircraft main jet engines (on medium and large airfields) burn an average 35 liters or 9 gallons of fuel per minute. For example, taxi time at Frankfort Airport averages 16 minutes per flight, which translates into burning approximately 560 liters or  about 150 gallons of fuel for every aircraft movement. Utilizing the ATS system allows the aircraft to power down the main jet engines shortly after landing and conversely, aircraft are not required to use their aircraft main jet engines until reaching the runway for take-off and only perform the required engine run-up just prior to takeoff which average 3-5 minutes. Depending on the type and size of aircraft, fuel usage for 1 minute of taxiing is 20-70 liters or 5-18 gallons  per minute. Average fuel usage for passenger aircraft is 35 liters or 9 gallons per minute while taxiing. Prices of fuel have a significant impact on the amount of savings from fuel usage; see graph below. 

CHART ON FUEL PRICES

Crude oil analysts agree the price of oil is predicted to rise soon. It may not reach the record levels of $140 per barrel, but even at $50-$90/barrel, oil prices affect airline costs. With each price increase of crude oil, the ROI for utilizing ATS gets shorter.

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Significant reduction in aircraft fuel consumption, due to not operating engines during taxi under ATS, translates to dramatic reductions in harmful emissions emitted into the atmosphere. They are as follows: 

Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Dioxide
Hydrocarbon
Nitric Oxide

The table below shows savings in emissions of different harmful substances:

Harmful Substance Consumption Emission from aircraft (oz/gal) Emission from aircraft (g/L)
Hydrocarbon 0.06 1.71
Carcinogenic Nitric Oxide 0.16 4.60
Carbon Monoxide 0.73 20.62
Carbon Dioxide 0.13 3.70

 

CO ethal damp, carbon monoxide 82.5 kg
HC x carcinogenic nitric oxides 14.8 kg
CO2 greenhouse gas - carbon dioxide 18.4 kg
CO hydrocarbons 6.84 kg

After installing the ATS system emissions will be reduced by 90%

INCREASED AIRPORT EFFICIENCY

ATS is a fully automated system, airports can significantly reduce personal and ground support equipment costs, including the replacement of tug vehicles.

ATS INCREASES THE CAPACITY OF THE AIRPORT

ATS greatly reduces the negative consequences of human errors by optimizing taxi-times, gate-pushback (no stops after pushback) and eliminating congestion on taxiways. Gate crews will not be needed to dock or marshal aircraft, which will reduce wait times for gate operations. ATS is an all-weather system able to operate during adverse weather conditions such as rain, fog, ice and snow. Taxi speeds, right of way and the distance between planes, are constantly recalculated by the ATS system to optimize movements.

ATS INCREASES JET ENGINE AND COMPONENT LIFE

 Airlines should see increased jet engine and component life because pilots turn off their main jet engines during taxi.  ATS uses an electro hydraulic pullcars  to transport  aircraft to and from runways and gates via taxiways.                                                                                                                  

ATS REDUCES AIRPORT NOISE

ATS will significantly reduce jet engine noise at and around airports by allowing pilots to turn off their main jet engines while aircraft are being transported to and from runways, taxiways and gates.