Airbus thinks goose tip could trim fuel consumption

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2020/09/10 | 241 words | LE JOURNAL DE L'AVIATION | INDUSTRY / TECHNOLOGY

If planes flew in formation like wild geese they might use five to 10 percent less fuel, European aircraft maker Airbus said Wednesday as it signed up to test the idea.Executive vice president Jean-Brice Dorman told an online civil aviation conference that wild geese and other birds fly in a V formation to save energy, a technique known as wake energy retrieval."There's a kind of cushion of free lift offered by the leading bird" to those following behind, Dorman remarked.Jet engines meanwhil...(…)

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