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09 September 2012
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus’ “Smarter Skies” concept makes a big impression in Berlin

2b. Aircraft in free flight and formation along express skyways
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06 September 2012

2b. Aircraft in free flight and formation along express skyways

Airbus’ Smarter Skies campaign for the future of air transport incorporates the use of formation flights along “express skyways,” mimicking flocks of birds and taking advantage of the same efficiencies

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06 September 2012

2a. Aircraft in free flight and formation along express skyways 1

Formation flights along “express skyways” – the full benefits of which are highlighted by Airbus’ Smarter Skies campaign – could reduce drag and expend less energy by up to 15 per cent

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06 September 2012

1b. Aircraft take-off in continuous eco-climb

Implementation of a steep “eco-climb” during aircraft takeoff – which is included in Airbus’ Smarter Skies campaign launched in September 2012 – will alleviate congestion through greater frequency, while also reducing noise and emissions

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06 September 2012

1c. Aircraft take-off in continuous eco-climb

A key feature of Airbus’ Smarter Skies campaign is the use of a continuous “eco-climb” during takeoff, which will help increase capacity at constrained megacities/airports

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29 September 2012

Infographic Sept2012 TIME WASTED FINAL

This Airbus Smarter Skies infographic highlights the advantages of flying aircraft equipped with optimised Air Traffic Management systems and technology, which would lead to reductions in costs, fuel burned and emissions

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29 July 2012

Infographic Sept2012 PASSENGER EXPECTATIONS FINAL

Passenger expectations of air travel in the future are showcased in this Airbus Smarter Skies infographic, which underscores the need for more environmentally-sustainable aircraft in 2050

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Future by Airbus: Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for "Smarter Skies"
 

Airbus’ “Smarter Skies” vision – which was unveiled during September 2012 – consists of five concepts that could be implemented in all phases of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in time and fuel, as well as contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions. They include: aircraft takeoff in continuous “eco-climb,” free flight and formation along “express skyways,” free-glide approaches and landings, low-emission ground operations and the use of sustainable fuels and other potential energy sources. This video clip includes comments from Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering.

Berlin Light Show – the Future by Airbus
 

Airbus set out its vision for Smarter Skies in a spectacular light show in Berlin. It looks at a future with more flights, fewer emissions and quicker passenger journey times. This was the latest instalment of the Future by Airbus, its vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond.

The Airbus vision of more efficient and eco-friendly airline operations was highlighted in a spectacular way this weekend as its futuristic “Smarter Skies” concept came to central Berlin in the form of a projected 4-D light show, which also served as an introduction to the company’s high-profile participation in the ILA Berlin Air Show that begins next Tuesday.
Beamed onto the Humboldt-Box – a distinctive museum structure on the city’s Schlossplatz – the light show provided representations of how improved air traffic management, more intelligent aircraft and the use of alternative energy sources could change world travel in 2050 and beyond.  This vision is the latest installment in the “Future by Airbus” concept, and the Berlin projection was a new means of bringing its forward-looking strategy to the general public.  
The 30 metre X 30 metre presentation was shown on 8 September, using a tailor-made screen installed across the Humboldt-Box’s entire façade.  Being repeated during 15-minute intervals from 8:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., it drew large crowds during what was a balmy end-of-summer night in the German capital city – with viewers also treated to an exclusive soundtrack created for the projection.
Airbus’ “Smarter Skies” vision consists of five concepts that could be implemented in all phases of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in time and fuel, as well as contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
The Humboldt-Box projection served as a lead-in to Airbus’ presence at the ILA Berlin Air Show, to be held 11-16 September at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, which is located adjacent to the under-construction Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
View a clip of the Berlin “Smarter Skies” light show in the Airbus video gallery.
2b. Aircraft in free flight and formation along express skyways
 

Airbus’ Smarter Skies campaign for the future of air transport incorporates the use of formation flights along “express skyways,” mimicking flocks of birds and taking advantage of the same efficiencies

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