In the European Union alone, almost three million people work in one way or another to make sure that hundreds of millions of passengers and millions of tons of freight leave the ground every year. What was once “the dream of flying” has become the corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility.
We are now able to fly higher, faster and further than ever. With these numbers expected to triple over the next twenty years, we must now become greener, safer and more competitive. The quest for innovation continues with plenty of questions for a new generation of pioneers. How do we stay mobile, without harming our environment? How do we reduce production and life cycle costs to compete in a globalising economy? How do we ensure the safety and comfort of the thousands of passengers taking off daily?
Europe’s strength lies in breaking down borders: between industry and research, between technological sectors, and between countries. Three EU-funded projects provide part of the answer:
Researchers of the OPENAIR consortium are reducing noise from all the different parts of an airplane, for example by creating an empty sound that cancels the noise that is created by the fan.
Meanwhile, the AISHA II team is building a system that will provide a permanent monitoring mechanism in the body of aircraft that could make maintenance procedures more efficient.
Finally, the textile-based luggage container that FLY-BAG researchers developed is designed to protect aircraft from small and medium size explosions planted in the luggage hold.