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Aircraft electrification: developing a strategy to facilitate greener air travel | University of Nottingham,Electric aircraft
Aircraft electrification: developing a strategy to facilitate greener air travel
Thu 18 July 2019 – The electrification of aircraft has been an ongoing research and development topic for the past few decades with focus on the electrification of non-propulsive systems of existing and near-future aircraft platforms. However, in the last few years there has been an acceleration of work into electrification of propulsion. This has been informed by advancements in electrification technologies in other transport platforms such as automotive, a greater realisation by stakeholders that electrification of propulsion is a fundamental ingredient in meeting future aviation emission targets and demand for alternative mobility modes. Professor Chris Gerada reports on a recent University of Nottingham workshop attended by stakeholders from across the world aimed at developing a strategy for future electrified aircraft and to understand the key challenges, requirements and potential solutions. Read more ...

European task force works to maximise environmental benefits of aircraft continuous descent and climb operations | Eurocontrol,CDO,Continuous Descent Operation
European task force works to maximise environmental benefits of aircraft continuous descent and climb operations
Thu 11 July 2019 - A Continuous Descent Operation (CDO) is an aircraft operating technique where an arriving aircraft descends with minimum thrust, ideally from top of descent, and avoids level flight to the extent permitted by the safe operation of the aircraft. Along with its departure equivalent, the Continuous Climb Operation (CCO), the technique can provide substantial noise, fuel and CO2 reductions. In 2015, a European CCO/CDO Task Force was set up to agree a harmonised approach to definitions, metrics and parameters. Another outcome was a study that showed optimising CCO/CDO across ECAC States could provide fuel savings of up to 350,000 tonnes per year and reductions of more than 1 million tonnes of CO2. The Task Force is currently developing a toolkit that includes an action plan, state of play report and other resources to support CCO/CDO implementation for launch expected in late 2019, explains EUROCONTROL's David BrainRead more ...