For long-haul aircraft, there are only two major manufacturers worldwide: Airbus and Boeing. Their aircraft differ in the basic design way but hardly: The passengers sit in a cabin in the middle, while the wings are mounted outside. Berlin student Justus Benad had another idea during an internship at Airbus. He designed an airplane in which the passengers sit directly in the wings. These are also no longer off to the side, but run in the form of a V backwards. Fittingly, the aircraft therefore already got the nickname Flying V. A first mini version of the aircraft lifted already in 2014 – but still without engine and only to aerodynamic tests.
The turbines have moved to the middle of the plane
Meanwhile, the development at the TU Delft is being driven forward. There, another well-known company from the aviation industry has joined the project: With the help of the Dutch airline KLM to build a first prototype in a much smaller scale. This will then start this year for the first real test flights. Above all, it should be looked at whether the innovative design can withstand the enormous loads during take-off and landing. The aircraft will continue to be powered by classic turbines. These are now mounted in the middle of the aircraft on the upper side. Theoretically, the Flying V could also be powered by an electric motor. However, the technological development in this area has not progressed far enough yet.
Fuel consumption can be reduced by one-fifth
Nevertheless, the new design should have a positive effect on the climate and the environment. Because the advantage of Flying V lies in the low fuel consumption. Although it can carry as many passengers as the Airbus A350, the new aircraft type is significantly smaller, generating less drag. According to initial calculations, kerosene consumption could drop by as much as twenty percent. However, it is still unclear whether the concept will ever be realized in large numbers. For that would only be the two major providers Airbus or Boeing in the situation. But there they want to wait for further research work. But there are some good signs. For example, Airbus has already bought the patent for the V-shaped design.
Via: Yahoo News