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WheelTug and Co-Operative Join Forces

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Co-Operative Industries Aerospace
: 09 April, 2008  (Company News)
Co-Operative Industries is to supply the wire harnesses for WheelTugs system of moving aircraft n the ground.
WheelTug® is a patented, proprietary system that uses electric motors to allow the pilot or ground crews to move an aircraft without the use of a tow tug or the main engines. Among the potential benefits of the WheelTug system are reduced fuel consumption, pollution, and emissions, as well as shorter aircraft turnaround times between flights and a reduction in flight delays. WheelTug will be particularly beneficial at congested airports where time is lost because of the need for tugs. Use of WheelTug will also have a positive impact on Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and airside safety by reducing the time during which engines are run on the ground.

As a risk-sharing development partner, Co-Operative Industries will, in concert with WheelTug Limited and its customers, define the wiring configuration, develop, test and qualify all the necessary hardware as part of the overall WheelTug system Supplemental Type Certificate for Boeing 737NG aircraft. WheelTug's certification team, including Newport Aeronautical and Gil Thompson, are the interface to the FAA.

In addition to the exclusive supply of the wire harness to WheelTug, Co-Operative Industries will earn an equity stake in WheelTug plc upon timely regulatory approval for the WheelTug 737NG system.

'The team here at Co-Operative Industries is excited about being selected to supply the wiring harness needs for such a cutting edge innovation. The potential savings along with the environmental benefit the WheelTug solution offers promises to aid the industry in surviving the current economic downturn,' said Sam Symonds, Co-Operative's CEO.

'We are very pleased to add Co-Operative Industries to our team; they have precisely the skills and experience needed for handling the logic and power wiring required for the 737NG system, as well as other WheelTug applications down the road,' said Isaiah Cox, WheelTug's CEO. 'As with the recent selection of Luxell as the supplier of our cockpit interface, we are making sure that all the WheelTug components are developed and manufactured by suppliers who have a long track record of meeting and exceeding technical and regulatory requirements. With Co-Operative, our wiring is in good hands.'
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