Amsterdam Airport Schiphol explores a European aviation first, with the deployment of sustainable Taxibots to continue the airports journey towards the reduction of aircraft and flight emissions. Wilma van Dijk, Director Safety, Security & Environment at Schiphol Group, explains more.
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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is set to become the first European airport to invest and utilise TaxiBots, which are special towing vehicles that enable aircraft to taxi sustainably.
Dutch aviation sector reveals a roadmap to reduce fuel consumption of taxiing and CO2, nitrogen, and particulate matter to make sustainable taxiing a standard procedure at Schiphol Airport by 2030.
After major maintenance works on the runway and surrounding taxiways were completed, Schiphol's Polderbaan Runway has now resumed operations, but only under normal visibility conditions.
Due to reduced aircraft movements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and LVNL have been able to schedule a week-long drones trial.
By trialling a new 'taxibot', Schiphol Airport hopes to make aircraft taxiing more sustainable by limiting unnecessary fuel usage.
LVNL's new mobile app provides users with comprehensive airspace safety information critical to the operation of drones, including current weather conditions.