17 AUGUST 2015
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A “green” ATR 72 prototype has been flown as part of the “Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI)” test campaign.
CS JTI is a measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives in the field of research, with the aim of jointly developing a wide spectrum of technologies devoted to a clean, innovative and competitive air transport system.
The Clean Sky goal is to achieve major steps towards the ACARE Environmental Goals for 2020 when compared to 2000 levels: 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, 80% cut in NOx emissions and halving of noise pollution. The project is financed 50/50 by the aeronautical industry and by the European Union.
The purpose of the flying demonstration is to test new and more effective composite insulating materials and the vibro-acoustic sensors integrated into a large crown panel of ATR forward fuselage section.
The flights test the new generation of optical fibres for improved identification of micro-cracks and easier maintenance too.
ATR has been part of the project since it was created in 2008. Towards the end of the year, a second flight test programme will be checking out improvements to the electrical distribution, energy dispersal and the air conditioning systems. www.atraircraft.com
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