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The Aircraft Electric Taxi System: A Qualitative Multi Case Study
by Johnson, Thomas Frank, D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2017, 138; 10637574
Abstract (Summary)

The problem this research addresses is the airline industry, and the seemingly unwillingness attitude towards adopting ways to taxi aircraft without utilizing thrust from the main engines. The purpose of the study was to get a better understanding of the decision-making process of airline executives, in respect to investing in cost saving technology. A qualitative research method is used from personal interviews with 24 airline executives from two major U.S. airlines, related industry journal articles, and aircraft performance data. The following three research questions are addressed. RQ1. Does the cost of jet fuel influence airline executives' decision of adopting the aircraft electric taxi system technology? RQ2 Does the measurable payback period for a return on investment influence airline executives' decision of adopting ETS technology? RQ3. Does the amount of government assistance influence airline executives' decision of adopting ETS technology? A multi case research study design is used with a triangulation technique. The participant perceptions indicate the need to reduce operating costs, they have concerns about investment risk, and they are in favor of future government sponsored performance improvement projects. Based on the framework, findings and implications of this study, a future research paper could focus on the positive environmental effects of the ETS application. A study could be conducted on current airport area air quality and the effects that aircraft main engine thrust taxiing has on the surrounding air quality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Verrill, Stephen, Cross, David
Commitee: Settles, Tanya
School: Northcentral University
Department: Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental Studies, Aerospace engineering, Electrical engineering
Keywords: Aircraft, Airline, Airport, Engine thrust, Environment, Taxi
Publication Number: 10637574
ISBN: 978-0-355-40922-2
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