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Environment

Noise and pollution

Air transport is a growing source of aggravation for many citizens, especially local residents who have to put up with noise and pollution near airports. The introduction of measures to reduce noise and gaseous emissions is a prerequisite if the industry is to continue to expand.

SILENCE(R)

Significantly Lower Community Exposure to Aircraft Noise
No other effect of air transport operations is felt as directly as aircraft noise. While the annoyance due to aircraft noise is determined by a variety of factors, a key area of improvement remains reduction of noise at the source, that is the development of quieter aircraft. A validation programme, SILENCE(R), is the largest ever European aircraft noise research project, helping to keep annoying aircraft noise within the borders of the airport. Partners from all over Europe will collaborate for four years to assess and validate newly developed technologies for reducing aircraft noise by up to six decibels as of 2008, including their applicability within the European aeronautics industry.

EEFAE

Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Aircraft Engine EEFAE is a technology platform that integrates research programmes previously funded nationally or by the EU within a broad, future-oriented industrial strategy. Its objective is to achieve a step change in both the efficiency and environmental friendliness of gas-turbine-based aero engines, so that customers and operators worldwide can benefit from cleaner, quieter, safer and more economical travel in the new millennium.

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With air traffic increasing rapidly, research is focusing on making loud and dirty aircraft a thing of the past.
With air traffic increasing rapidly, research is focusing on making loud and dirty aircraft a thing of the past.