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Chinese university augments Safran electric taxiing research

29 November 2018

Safran Landing Systems, the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC), and French national civil aviation school ENAC have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the potential of electric taxiing systems at major international airports.

Safran and Airbus are developing an electric taxiing system that allows aircraft to taxi autonomously without using their jet engines or needing a tractor for pushback. The two parties say that airlines could save up to 4% on fuel, and halve their greenhouse gas emissions with this system. Operational benefits include better flight punctuality and lower costs. An aircraft fitted with the electric taxiing system would be able to reverse and depart the stand more quickly, without relying on ground services and infrastructure, which would help improve traffic flows on the apron and at gates.

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