24 SEPTEMBER 2012
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Washington DC was recently chosen by American Airlines and Boeing to showcase an aircraft termed the ‘ecoDemonstrator’, a specially modified Next-Generation 737-800 highlighting the testing of environmentally progressive technologies.
This follows extensive proving flights designed to test and accelerate advanced technologies that increase fuel efficiency and reduce airplane noise.
Top officials from Boeing, American Airlines, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held a joint news conference to highlight innovation and collaboration among government and industry.
American Airlines is loaning the aircraft to serve as the testbed for these advanced technologies. It will be returned to standard configuration and delivered to American later this year when the evaluation is complete.
The FAA programme known as CLEEN (Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise) provided funding for the adaptive trailing edge on the aeroplane as well as some flight test costs.
Other technologies on the aircraft include variable area fan nozzles, active engine vibration reduction, a regenerative fuel cell, and testing of flight trajectory optimization to enable more efficient routing for fuel savings. In 2013, a wide-bodied aircraft will serve as the testbed. www.boeing.com/commercial www.faa.gov/news
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