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TPX-200-MT Lego model

When passion and creativity join together the results we get are often great. Adding the pleasure of sharing it with your kid makes this transmission even more thoughtful.

Franck TCHA, one of our TLD Shop Floor Supervisor, made this Lego model of our TPX-200-MT with his son. All with existing parts and their imagination. What is unknown to us is who from the father or the son had encouraged the other? The result is true-to-life!

Thank you Franck for this great model !

Narrow body TaxiBots have arrived at Delhi – Indira Gandhi International airport

The Narrow Body TaxiBot arrived this week at Delhi Indira-Gandhi International airport (DEL).

After Prechecks and operational Training, TLD and their partners IAI and Millennium will support KSU and some of the leading Airlines for field trials and commercial operations.

After more than 350 commercial flights handled at FRA airport, this is a new opportunity to demonstrate the performance of such a green and efficient taxiing in a real airport operation environment.


This July month, TaxiBot has taken a new step towards enhancing airports’ future

TLD, IAI entered in an agreement with KSU from India for operating TaxiBot vehicles in New Delhi and Mumbai airports.

As the Indian aviation market is witnessing explosive growth in both aircrafts and passengers traffic (+20% per year over the past three years), Mumbai and New Delhi airports are set to get more environment friendly with TaxiBots. TaxiBot is a semi-robotic vehicle which connects to the aircraft and is controlled by the pilot to taxi the airplane from its airport’s parking position to the runway with no use of the aircraft’s main jet engines. They can reduce air pollution by reducing emissions from aircraft’s engines as well as fuel consumption by a whopping 85%.

Additionally, to these fuel and emissions savings, taxiing with the TaxiBot reduces noise levels by 60% and foreign object damage by 50% as foreign objects can’t be sucked into the aircraft engines if they are not running.

As well, TaxiBot’s additional benefit is the streamlining and increased throughput of aircraft entering and exiting the terminal area. The Indian government regards the TaxiBot as a significant means for addressing the grave air pollution issues in airports, which are exacerbating due to the continued growth of air transportation.

TaxiBot are manufactured by TLD in their French factory.

Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group, commented, “We regard the contract with KSU as a further step in our close collaboration with India in a broad range of areas. We trust the TaxiBot will prove itself effective in reducing air pollution, which is intensifying due to the fast growth of India’s aviation market with the significant savings in fuel, FOD (Foreign Object Damage) and improvement in the gates congestion. The TaxiBot is another example of IAI’s capability in developing unmanned vehicles of all kinds and customizing breakthrough products to customers’ needs. We believe this agreement will open the path for many more significant contracts for this product worldwide.” 

Antoine Maguin, Chief Executive Officer of TLD Group, said, “We at TLD, with our local partner Millennium, are very excited to participate to the deployment of TaxiBot, in real life conditions, on the fast expanding Indian aviation market.  After years of development, heavy testing and certification, for which TLD has worked in cooperation with IAI, the TaxiBot concept and machines have become a reality. It will bring significant benefits to the aviation industry, and in particular strong fuel savings, and to the whole community by improving aviation and airports environmental footprint”.

Yogesh Sethi, Founder of KSU Aviation Private Limited, said, “KSU Aviation Private Limited is excited to be associated with TaxiBot Project and proud to commence commercial operations of the TAXIBOT first time in the world in India. This will be a huge moment of pride and glory for Indian aviation as well as KSU aviation to lead by example how aircrafts will be moved on ground in the future. The use of TaxiBot at Indian Airports in the coming five years will bring about a saving of 1.5 Billion dollars to the Indian airlines and further reduce the environmental damage of greenhouse gases by 4 million tons. This would significantly impact the growth of Aviation industry in India.”

The autonomous shuttle bus of Easymile, the EZ10, is at the TLD facility of Sorigny
Our partnership with Easymile moves on. After the first Tracteasy tests (the autonomous TLD baggage tractor JET-16) near Toulouse in the South-West of France, followed by tests in May at a car manufacturing plant in Sochaux, France, Easymile and TLD deploy an autonomous bus EZ 10 on the TLD manufacturing site of Sorigny. With a capacity of 12 people, driving at 25 km/h, the EZ10 will operate daily within our industrial site to transport the employees and the customers during their site visits/tours, from the test rig where all our TLD towbarless and pushback tractors are fully tested, all the way to the corporate restaurant.
The technology embedded in the EZ10 is the same as for the Tracteasy, volume and positioning lidars, GPS, odometer and lasers. This electrical shuttle bus drives fully autonomously, from a station to another, scanning permanently the environment to adapt to it permanently and react to any unexpected fix or mobile obstacles. We are looking forward to your next visit in Sorigny to experiencing a new journey on-board the EZ10!
RBL, the last belt loader developed by TLD

The RBL (Regional Belt Loader) is the latest product developed by TLD at its Saint Lin factory in France. This innovative belt loader addresses the unique requirements for regional/narrow body aircraft up to A320 series and B737. The RBL is self-propelled unit offering enhanced features and additional versatility to currently available towable and the walk behind belt loader models.

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Autonomous Vehicles

Automation systems once only moved within the Science Fiction world, populating the dreams of generations of Star Trek fans, but have now dramatically accelerated over the last few years to be a part of our daily life. The development of available technologies to meet growing needs has influenced this acceleration but warp drive speeds were reached with the developments of TESLA or Google Cars (today known as WAYMO), forcing society to accept this reality and start to adapt to it. Star Trek fans now manage our R&D centers!

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Aero Specialties is committed to humanitarian

Cheerful greetings, conversations about family members, or simply delivering an employee a much-needed cup of coffee are standards for us at AERO.  Our compassion leads the way in all we do during our work days so, it’s of little surprise when our Traffic Coordinator, Christine Burke, suggested we contribute to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  No sooner was it suggested that it became all hands-on deck!   Within 24 hours, with the coordination of Michael Wagner, Purchasing, and Scott Sawyer, Packing and Shipping, and with the generosity of Pilot Freight, hundreds of dollars of non-perishables were sent to the Red Cross for distribution to the disaster and rescue centers throughout the area devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

It’s not altruism that compels us, at AERO, to reach out to those in affliction.  It is our heart and we wear it proudly.

KLM has awarded to TLD the replacement of its Lower Deck Loader with a full electric fleet, recognizing the performance of the TXL-838-reGen®

As part of its Green strategy, KLM has awarded to TLD the replacement program of its Lower Deck Loader fleet. The decision has been made by KLM to move to a full electric fleet and the selection of TLD as a partner has followed almost a year of performance assessment of the TLD TXL-838-reGen alongside its competitors in the market.

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TLD and EasyMile announced a partnership to develop TractEasy, the first autonomous baggage tractor

Ground Support Equipment, as many other driving machines, are experiencing a technological revolution with the development of Assistance and Automation systems that will change the ramp operating environment in the coming years.

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TLD has been awarded the prestigious International Industry 4.0 award from the Global Smart Factory summit

An international jury of “Smart Factory Experts” have awarded TLD the International Industry 4.0 for Horizontal Integration in recognition of our latest industrial performance developments, especially in the domain of integration of our whole value chain.

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