Shhh! Airbus uses modern technology for quieter aircraft

19 June 2013 Feature story

Airbus continues to implement innovative technologies across its product line to further reduce jetliner noise emissions and meet the goals of Europe’s Flightpath 2050 guidelines – including a 65 per cent reduction in noise emissions by airborne aircraft relative to 2000 levels. 

“We obviously are very engaged in the commitment to reduce noise and other types of emissions,” said Thierry Nowaczyk, Airbus’ Product Manager – Environmental Affairs, at a briefing during the Paris Air Show. “From the A300 to the A380, A350 XWB and A320neo Family, we have consistently lowered aviation noise levels.”

To highlight Airbus’ commitment to quieter aircraft, Nowaczyk cited examples of Airbus noise abatement technology in its modern jetliners:

-       The development of Sharklets wingtip devices on A320 Family aircraft, which reduce noise in operational takeoff conditions with improved departure and climb performance, 

-       The latest noise reduction technology incorporated on the A350 XWB, including the Automatic Noise Abatement Departure Procedure (NAPD), which optimizes thrust and flight path to reduce noise over crowded areas, and

-       The higher-capacity A380, which reduces the number of flights needed, in addition to its use of high bypass ratio engines, acoustically treated nacelles and better takeoff and approach performance. 

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