One of the latest ideas under serious consideration by airlines to save money is electrical drive systems mounted on the landing gear that allow airliners to taxi without running the engines. The auxiliary power unit is used instead to run an electric motor mounted on the undercarriage, which in turn rotates the wheel.
AgustaWestland expects its new AW189 twin helicopter—a civilian stretch of the military AW149—will tap into a broad market, ranging from offshore support, search-and-rescue and other parapublic uses to passenger transport. AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini unveiled a mockup of the new AW189 twin helicopter during the recent Paris air show.
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