Toulouse, 29 October 2021 – Airbus, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, the French Ministry of Transports and Safran have launched the first in-flight study of a single-aisle aircraft running on unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
During the flight test over the Toulouse region on 28 October, one CFM LEAP-1A engine of an Airbus A319neo test aircraft operated on 100% SAF. Initial results from the ground and flight tests are expected in 2022.
The unblended SAF is provided by Total Energies. It is made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA), which primarily consists of used cooking oil, as well as other waste fats. HEFA is made of paraffinic hydrocarbons and is free of aromatics and sulfur. Approximately 57 tonnes of SAF will be used for the entire test campaign. It is produced in Normandy close to Le Havre, France. The 100% SAF will also be utilised for compatibility and engine operability studies on the Safran Helicopters Arrano engine used on the Airbus Helicopters H160, which are expected to start in 2022.
Airbus, in collaboration with DLR, is responsible for characterising and analysing the impact of 100% SAF on ground and in-flight emissions. Safran focuses on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation for commercial and helicopter aircraft and their optimisation for various types of 100% SAF fuels. Safran will perform LEAP engine ground tests with 100% SAF at its Villaroche facilities later this year to complete analysis. ONERA is supporting Airbus and Safran in analysing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will be in charge of preparing, analysing and interpreting test results for the impact of 100% SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation is contributing to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verifying 100% SAF biocontamination susceptibility.
The study – known as VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) – contributes to global decarbonisation efforts currently underway across the entire aeronautical industry, and is benefiting from a financing of the France Relance recovery plan, the part thereof dedicated to the decarbonisation of aviation, which is implemented by DGAC under the supervision of Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister of Transports. The study’s ultimate goal is to promote the large-scale deployment and use of SAF, and certification of 100% SAF for use in single-aisle commercial aircraft and the new generation of business jets.
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Indigo to introduce new technology to detect fatigue for Pilots
IndiGo pilots will soon use a wrist device and a ground device to track their levels of fatigue and measure their focus both before and after flights.
This programme, carried out in collaboration with the renowned French aerospace giant Thales group, intends to collect useful data for refining flight plans and rosters, thereby reducing pilot fatigue.
The programme will utilise de-identified data from all sources, including historical data, real-time data, and predictive analytics. We are still dedicated to protecting the physical and mental health of our pilots, which will eventually improve passenger safety, the airline said in a statement.
This programme will provide information on the demographic data, including facts on routes, pairings, crew profiles, and other factors. The recent death of an IndiGo pilot has brought attention to the problem of pilot fatigue.
In the next months, it will also run a proof-of-concept testing to evaluate pilots’ attentiveness. The airline will assess the accuracy of the recorded data after this process is finished. The ground devices, where pilots will first take a five-minute test, will be housed at IndiGo hubs in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai.
How does Airbus produce the A350 wings, Where Innovation Meets the Sky
Airbus, one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers, has revolutionized the aviation industry with its state-of-the-art aircraft. Among the many components that contribute to the success of Airbus airplanes, the wings stand out as a marvel of engineering and manufacturing prowess.
These wings, which carry half of the world’s passengers, play a pivotal role in the overall performance, efficiency, and safety of the aircraft. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of Airbus wing production, exploring the intricate processes and cutting-edge technologies that enable Airbus to create these remarkable structures.
At Airbus, assembling and equipping wings is a little like a puzzle. Consider the A350. Similar to all other Airbus Commercial Aircraft programmes, the supply chain and several Airbus facilities create the composite coverings, spars, and other parts for the wings. Operators then assemble the wings at Broughton plant in the UK.
Each completed A350 wingset is flown by BelugaXL air transporter to Toulouse operating on a blend of 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), where it is joined to the centre wing box and fuselage during final assembly.
Before this production puzzle can be completed, a lot needs to happen. The process starts well upstream, with the Overall Aircraft Design. This determines the wing’s shape and characteristics, including flight controls and high lift systems.
A so-called ‘co-design’ phase then begins. A wing’s structural design is matured in parallel with the industrial system required to produce it.
Longer, leaner, lighter
Higher levels of automation will be used in the future to make wings. The ideal combination of manual and automated assembly will be determined by Airbus experts using a method known as “design for manufacture,” ensuring that the wings are manufactured correctly at the right price the first time, every time.
The wings of the future will be longer, slimmer, and lighter. When combined, these features enable an aeroplane to gain lift while using less fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions.
This modification in wing design necessitates a modification in wing manufacture. To cost-effectively construct such a light wing at volume and speed, Airbus’ industrial infrastructure must be outfitted. The transformation necessitates a radical rethink, and Wing of Tomorrow fills that need.
Its goal is to prepare the workforce, the supply chain, the industrial system, and the company’s physical and digital capabilities in addition to the technologies required for the next generation of aircraft. Together, it will develop the flexibility needed to scale up production quickly while taking into account how it will affect the workers who produce the wings every day.
Embraer launches web series on innovation
Embraer released the first episode of a web series on innovation that shows how the firm works behind the scenes to advance scientific understanding and create revolutionary technologies.
The audiovisual project is part of the company’s 54th anniversary, to be celebrated on August 19th. The episodes will be published weekly on Embraer’s official YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/p0CRLQYoy2M).
The first part focuses on Embraer’s historical place in the global innovation ecosystem and includes quotes from the company’s employees. The technologies that could usher in a new era of environmentally friendly air travel are highlighted in the second episode.
The third episode is devoted to developments in autonomous systems and the widest range of uses for them, including pilot assistance, drones for urban deliveries, aerial spraying, and the creation of electric takeoff and vertical landing (eVTOL) aircraft from EVE. The fourth film in the series demonstrates how Industry 4.0’s manufacturing processes are already evolving as a result of new technology.
Embraer, which has dared to consistently develop and build new products, services, and business models for five decades, has science, technology, and innovation in its DNA. In 2022, the company’s inventions from the previous five years accounted for almost 50% of its revenue.
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