Plane makers tout efficiency tech as aviation plots flight path to net zero

June 27, 2023
Last week’s Paris air show was a showcase of fuel-saving developments but critics say fleet growth will offset gains.

PARIS - The workhorse plane of the future may look radically different to the familiar shape that has dominated the skies since the start of the jet age, according to Boeing, which is experimenting with a long, thin wing supported by struts from the fuselage. The US manufacturer hopes its new design can be among the technologies that will help the industry meet its target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, Sylvia Pfeifer reports for the Financial TimesContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

27 June 2023 - Net zero is “not a dream, it’s a goal,” Gaël Méheust, CFM chief executive, said before the show. “We not only have a part to play, we have to lead the way.”

GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines unveiled the CFM RISE program with an open fan engine architecture, which the companies say will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20% compared to today's powerplants.

Through the RISE program, CFM International continues to mature open fan engine architecture, which removes the nacelle for greater propulsive efficiency while achieving the same speed and cabin experience commercial aviation passengers can expect from air travel today. GE Aerospace's use of supercomputing power and software tools are helping engineers understand open fan aerodynamic and acoustic physics in new ways. For example, Frontier unlocks the ability to better evaluate new engine technologies at flight scale in the design phase. As a result, GE can improve test hardware designs and better optimize engine performance and airframe integration.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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