Mr Isaiah Cox, Chief Executive
Mar 27, 2012.
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Speaker Biography (Isaiah Cox)
Isaiah Cox is the CEO and a founder of WheelTug plc. In this role he has worked extensively in technology research and development, as well as with business development. In the latter role, Mr. Cox has built relationships with a variety of risk-sharing aerospace partners, taking WheelTug from concept to demonstrators, and now to airline customers who are looking for ways to greatly reduce expenditure in their present and future fleets.
Mr. Cox has an A.B. from Princeton University, and conducted post-graduate work at King's College London. Mr. Cox has over 42 patents pending and issued.
Company Profile (WheelTug)
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The patented and proprietary WheelTug® hybrid-electric drive system uses motors in aircraft wheels to provide full mobility while on the ground without the use of the aircraft's jet engines or external tugs for both pushback and taxi operations. WheelTug enables aircraft to be electrically driven from the terminal gate to the takeoff runway, and upon landing from runway exit to the gate. Yearly per-aircraft savings exceed $500,000.
The company plans to begin deliveries of certificated production models by early 2013, for narrow body aircraft including the Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 families.
El Al Israel Airlines has become the first airline to commit itself to the novel WheelTug electric aircraft ground propulsion system. The units will be installed on the airline's Boeing 737 New Generation series aircraft. At a time when fuel prices are at record levels the WheelTug electric drive system uses high-performance electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an aircraft, to provide full mobility while on the ground, without the use of the aircraft's jet engines or tugs for both pushback and taxi operations.
WheelTug enables aircraft to be electrically driven from the terminal gate to the takeoff runway, and upon landing from runway exit to the gate. The resulting improvements in efficiency, flexibility, fuel savings, and reduced engine foreign object damage (FOD) reduces operating expenses per aircraft per year, plus substantial reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. WheelTug says that whilst the system is being developed initially for the Boeing 737NG, one of the world's most widely flown aircraft; the concept, which uses two small proprietary in-wheel Chorus Meshcon motors, will prove to be viable for other models of commercial and military aircraft.