Airbus Seeks To Fly Aircraft Together To Enable Fuel Burn Reduction Written 20 November 2019

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Aviation Week reports that “Airbus believes aircraft following another one can reach up to 10% in fuel burn reduction by taking advantage of wake updraft.” The “fello’fly” project will test technical viability and manage “operational issues that may arise with airlines, air traffic management and regulators.” Airbus UpNext CEO Sandra Bour-Schaeffer said, “Birds use the updraft of the bird flying ahead of them.” Bour-Schaeffer added, “There is lots of kinetic energy that is lost today but we want to benefit from it in the future.”
Full Story (Aviation Week)