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One issue with the "tractor to the runway" idea is that it would only work or produce a significant improvement in fuel burn/reduction in emissions at certain airports and in certain circumstances.

Most commercial jet engines usually have mandatory a warm up time, typically of the order of three to five minutes, during which it's prohibited to apply "take-off" power. That's to prevent the thermal shock the engine components would get if you just started the thing up and then a few seconds later pushed it up to a high power setting. There's also often a minimum allowable oil temperature limitation for the same reason and in very cold weather it can also take some time to heat that side of the system up....end result is even if being pulled by a tug you'd need the engines running well before you actually got to the runway.

There are some other issue with the idea - ATC would lose the option of changing the order of aircraft departing if most of them are hooked up to a tug with cold engines- but OTOH though I could see the tug idea working at the likes of JFK where > one hour taxiing out was the norm during evening rush hour and on a bad day it could be nearer two...

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Bringing up the subject of taxiing aircraft. It looks like someone was listening to this forum
https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/emer ... bad6021a2b
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Omg! I must be turning French.
Before Les Pujols was modernised about twenty years ago it contained one of the most memorable restaurants that I have ever eaten at. Going there felt bit like one had been transported back to the mid 1930s. The Head Waiter or whatever he was used to inspect and drill his staff as if practicing for a military parade.

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Bezier is by far the best I've used-pity it's only connected to Luton & Stansted in SE Uk!

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Geneva was my favourite - if you knew your way around from the other side!

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Brightonian wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:08 pm
Generally I find airports are depressing. Of French airports, I've used Beauvais, CDG, Lyon, Tours, Limoges and Toulouse. Of those, I find only Tours to be tolerable, mainly because the tram goes directly there (well, almost) from the city centre. There's nothing in Limoges apart from a toilet and a coffee machine. And for me, the most dismal has to be Beauvais.
Beauvais was really convenient for me in the past but jeez what a pain the terminal was. It was totally unsuited to its Schengen/Non Schengen method of operating its gates.
Limoges is ok for what it is and contrary to what you say, there is a bar/café, unless you mean airside. Likewise Poitiers.
CDG has been ok in my experience. No distance at all from the train to security. Billy at Bordeaux is a doddle.
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Airports. A quaint historical footnote.

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jsks wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:02 pm
Airports. A quaint historical footnote.
Aye, I was actually considering putting a footnote to that effect. It can take me from early morning to late evening take two flights back to Scotland. It takes little longer by train. Until there are direct flights to Scotland again, I'm finished with flying on that particular route.
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jsks wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:02 pm
Airports. A quaint historical footnote.
I suspect there's a good chance that will indeed be the case many of the smaller regional airports....

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