Towing, was: O'Hare -> Hong Kong Non-Stop

From:         wb8foz@netcom.com (David Lesher)
Organization: NRK Clinic for habitual NetNews Abusers - Beltway Annex
Date:         05 Aug 96 23:32:56 
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lstone@interserve.com (Larry Stone) wrote:


>Apparently, one fuel saving technique being used is the plane is towed to
>the runway and engines started in the runup area.

Another aspect comes to mind. At one point the carriers were very
concerned about long, heavy taxis on hot days; tires were not
standing up well.

I wonder if towing is less of a load -- the tug does the braking,
for example.

There's recurring interest in runup area deicing. Maybe its
summer use is mist-ers to cool the tires, pre takeoff roll..


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