Can Commerical Air Lines Act More Like Geese?

A university-based contest called “Fly Your Idea” is producing interesting ideas for more environmentally-sound flight including borrowing some ideas from geese. reports:

“A team of five doctoral students from the Aeronautics and Astronautics program has conceptualized a way for commercial planes to save fuel by flying in formation. The concept of formation flight for drag reduction, which the team says can increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful engine emissions, is borrowed from migratory birds.

The Stanford Aircraft Aerodynamics and Design Group will fly to France …. to pitch their vision as finalists in a design contest sponsored by aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The “Fly Your Ideas” contest, which serves as an international call for original concepts to make commercial flight more environmentally responsible, has inspired various possibilities, such as solar cells for aircraft, and planes with windowless cabins.” See full article

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Published: July 28, 2009