SOURCE: WheelTug Limited
FARNBOROUGH, UK–(Marketwire – July 19, 2010) – WheelTug Limited, developer of the WheelTug aircraft electric drive system, has retained Endeavor Analysis, LLC, a leading consulting firm on aircraft landing gears, to provide structural and strength analysis work for the landing gear connected to the WheelTug system.
The agreement was announced today at the biennial Farnborough Air Show, now underway here.
“We are delighted to add Endeavor Analysis to the team,” said WheelTug’s CEO, Isaiah Cox. “They add the pedigreed landing gear expertise to handle the development and certification of the WheelTug system for the 737 and beyond.”
“EA looks forward to joining the WheelTug team and working together to bring this exciting new technology through development and into production,” said Endeavor Analysis’ Co-Owner, Scott Perkins.
The patented and proprietary 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 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. The resulting improvements in efficiency, flexibility, fuel savings, and reduced engine foreign object damage (FOD) yield projected savings of more than $500,000 per aircraft per year, plus substantial reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.
The WheelTug system is being developed initially for the Boeing 737NG, one of the world’s most widely-flown aircraft; systems for other models of commercial and military aircraft will follow.
Endeavor Analysis, based in Kent, Washington (USA), is an aerospace structural engineering company that supports airframe manufacturers and others with component design and structural analysis services, with particular capabilities in landing gear design and analysis. EA has developed a strong employee base to go along with state-of-the-art hardware and software. Since its inception, EA has built a repeat client base of many world class aerospace companies, including Airbus, Messier-Dowty, GE Aviation, and Bombardier.
The principals of Endeavor Analysis, Scott Perkins and Brian Reiling, have extensive experience in the design and structural analysis of landing gears, including overseeing the development of the B787 nose and main landing gear as Program Chief Engineer, and Chief Engineer, respectively.
WheelTug Limited is a subsidiary of WheelTug plc, based in Gibraltar, which is a majority-owned subsidiary of Chorus Motors plc (