Boeing and Embraer to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Technology Tests

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Environmental flight tests expand cooperation between U.S. and Brazilian manufacturers

Washington DC, June 30, 2015: Boeing and Embraer S.A. today announced that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation’s environmental performance. This expands ongoing cooperation between two of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers.

Frederico Curado, president and CEO of Embraer, and Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Brazil-U.S. Business Summit organized by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. The business summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, occurred during an official visit by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Boeing launched its ecoDemonstrator Program in 2011 to accelerate testing and use of new technologies that can reduce fuel use, carbon emissions and noise. The company has so far tested more than 50 technologies with a Next-Generation 737-800, 787 Dreamliner and, currently, a 757. Through their collaboration, Boeing and Embraer are planning to conduct ecoDemonstrator tests with an Embraer airplane in 2016.

“Innovation is a key pillar of Embraer’s strategy, and we are pleased to continue our work with Boeing to support the long-term sustainable growth of our industry,” said Curado. “The ecoDemonstrator Program offers a new and valuable opportunity for collaboration between our companies to boost environmental development tests, benefiting customers, our industry and the society.”

“Industry leadership in today’s world requires creative and global collaborations that ignite progress on hard problems faster than ever,” said Allen. “Boeing and Embraer are both industry leaders committed to addressing aviation’s environmental goals through innovation and technology. Working together in this exciting new way, our companies will speed progress to improve aviation’s efficiency and reduce environmental impact.”

The ecoDemonstrator cooperation between Boeing and Embraer advances a relationship that began in 2012 when the manufacturers announced they would cooperate in ways that create value for both companies and their customers. Since then, the manufacturers have worked together to improve runway safety and support Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program.

In addition, in 2015, Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

Boeing has worked with suppliers, airlines and government agencies on previous ecoDemonstrator flight tests. Those technologies include a new winglet and “bug-phobic” wing coatings that can improve aerodynamic efficiency, software applications that can improve in-flight efficiency and new types of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Embraer incorporates environmental requisites into product development through its Environmentally Sustainable Products Program (DIPAS). Embraer aircraft are designed with an emphasis on incorporating innovations and adhering to environmental norms. With the ecoDemonstrator platform, new technologies under development that can lessen environmental impact are tested in flight and mature faster.

SOURCE: Boeing

Paris Air Show 2015 – Airbus and Boeing with High Soaring Sales

By Rudolf (Rolf) Doerpinghaus

Le Bourget: With non less than 934 commercial airliners sold by Airbus, Boeing, ATR and Embraer, this year’s Paris Air Show has exceeded all expectations one more again. The combined value of all commercial aircraft sales and commitments is adding up to US$ 130 billion, demonstrating the strong intention of the international air transport industry to invest in state-of-the-art equipment despite reduced oil prices.

Signing orders and commitments for 421 aircraft worth US$ 57 billion, Airbus made again breaking news at this year’s Paris Air Show (June 15 – 21). While the fast selling A320neo was not yet ready for display, Airbus was concentrating on the its wide body portfolio, especially the A350XBW and the A380. Both aircraft were shown in flight.

Selling 331 jets valued US$ 50 billion, Boeing is also facing the need to ramp-up the production. Boeing has shown the 787-9 for the first time at the Paris Air Show, presently the largest version of the Dreamliner.

For Bombardier Paris was the first opportunity to demonstrate the all new CSeries to an international audience, claiming that the new airliner will show a significant lower fuel burn.

Antonov brought the prototype its new An-178 Cargo Jet to the show. Also Dassault’s Falcon 8X made its air show debut. The ‘green’ 6,450 nm fly-by-wire trijet reduces the fuel consumption up to 30 %.

One of the most discussed aircraft in Paris exists so far only as a long term project. Its name: MOM, an acronym for an all new ‘middle-of-the-market’ family of aircraft projected by Boeing, which may replace larger 737-versions and succeed the 757 or even the 767 after 2020. Using latest airframe and engine technologies, MOM could bring a further step forward to reduce emissions and increase the efficiency of air transport.

Demonstrating the buying power of Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways made history presenting non less than five aircraft at the Paris Air Show: A380, A350XWB, A319, A320 and the Boeing 787 were shown in the colors of the national carrier of Qatar. In addition Qatar Airways announced in Paris a firm order for ten 777-8X and four 777 freighters with a total value of US$ 4.8 billion.

Besides the stunning list of multi-billion-dollar-sales announced by the leading OEMs, crowded aisles and lively activities throughout the halls filled with suppliers from around the world were determining the picture of the show. With more than 320 exhibitors the US aerospace industry was once more by far the largest international exhibitor.

But there were also some familiar names missing, mostly from the military sector such as BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Saab. Others like Eurofighter and the Italian Finmeccanica reduced their presence significantly.

The Paris Air Show is organized by the SIAE, a subsidiary of the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS). The 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show will be held June 19-25, 2017.

Paris Air Show 2015: Facts & Figures
Exhibitors2,303 (+4%)
Exhibiting countries48 (44 in 2013)
Trade visitors151,000 (+8.6%)
General public200,000 (+13.6%)
Visitors, total351,000 (+11.4%)
Aircraft on Display130 (-13%)
National Pavilions26
Chalets330
Official Delegations147
Accredited Journalist and Media Representatives4,359

 

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Turn Down the Heat

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World Bank. 2014. Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal. Washington,
DC: World Bank. License: Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivatives 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO)

The report Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal is a result of contributions from a wide range of experts from across the globe. The report follows Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, released in June 2013 and Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, released in November 2012. We thank everyone who contributed to its richness and multidisciplinary outlook. The report has been written by a team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.

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