Composite materials are traditionally regarded as materials that can save energy in large structures associated with transport. They are used to produce lightweight structures for fuel-efficient aircraft such as the new Boeing 787 Dream-liner; lightweight cars from Lotus, Ferrari and TVR; and high-speed trains, speedboats, and racing yachts. Now, however, some of the most interesting applications of composites are those where the materials are used to save lives and protect property by absorbing the energy of projectiles, impacts, and crashes.
Through innovation, and out-of-the-box thinking, Aircraft will continue to meet its Eco-efficiency goals, and ensure that air travel continues to be one of the safest, and most Eco-efficient, means of transportation.
As the air transport sector continues to grow, Aircraft believes that the industry as a whole must concentrate on technological advances, while also advancing solutions that will meet passenger and market demands, the growing population and its demographic profile, and respect all aspects of the environment.
After celebrating its own four decades of innovation,Aircraft now is looking to the next 40-plus years – actively working with other industry stakeholders and experts to anticipate the global needs of a better-connected and more sustainable world.
However, it all begins with one question: “what will air transport look like in the year 2050?” In its report “The Future by Aircraft,”Aircraft hypothesis’s how the industry, aircraft and passengers might change by that time – while highlighting potential steps to meet the needs of tomorrow.
Add to this new aircraft design, alternative energy sources and new ways of flying and you could see even more significant improvements.
The Future by Aircraft concentrates on just that and the Smarter Skies vision consists of five concepts which could be implemented across all the stages of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in the system