Boeing Reveals Research and Development Studies and Innovations at Paris Air Show

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Le Bourget, France, June 15, 2015: Boeing today outlined a variety of leading-edge technologies with the potential to make the flying experience more comfortable and exciting, as well as making airplanes more economical and efficient. Boeing presented an overview of its research and development efforts at this year’s Paris Air Show.

“We really feel that we’ve taken our airplane designs to the next level,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “For nearly 100 years, Boeing has delivered market-leading innovations to airlines around the world. Our latest technological advancements reinforce our commitment to innovation leadership.”

Sinnett described innovations in operational efficiency, connectivity, advanced materials, cabin experience and advanced technologies that demonstrate Boeing’s focus on future technology. Boeing’s focus on innovation also extends to its production systems and the services it provides to airline customers.

Some of the advances being developed include:

  • Secure, connected airplane that enables analytics-driven operations
  • Integrated sound and light inside the cabin that allow airlines to reinforce their branding and uniquely present valuable information to passengers
  • Advances in natural laminar flow that greatly improve fuel efficiency
  • Stronger, lightweight and more durable materials beyond carbon composites that reduce airplane weight
  • New, sustainable fuels that reduce emissions, such as green diesel for aviation
  • Alternative propulsion systems that integrate advanced concepts and improve the aerodynamics of future designs
  • Advanced, automated manufacturing techniques utilizing the latest technology
  • Technologies making airplane navigation easier and flight routing more direct
  • Entirely paperless flight deck

“We’re building on gains we’ve made on our newest airplanes to raise the bar for our next generation of airplanes,” Sinnett said. “We make investments in technology that deliver superior value for our customers and for Boeing.”

SOURCE: Boeing

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Expands Testing to Improve Aviation’s Environmental Performance

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Flying with U.S.-made green diesel, “energy harvesting” windows, 3D-printed flight deck component made with 787 carbon fiber

Seattle, June 19, 2015: Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing today, including the first flight with U.S.-made “green diesel” and two new environment-related technologies. These developments advance the ecoDemonstrator program’s mission to accelerate the testing and use of technologies to improve aviation’s environmental performance.

Among more than 15 technologies on the 757, Boeing has begun testing solar and thermal “energy harvesting” to power electronic windows, as a way to reduce wiring, weight, fuel use and carbon emissions. Also, on the 757’s flight deck, Boeing has installed a 3D-printed aisle stand made from excess carbon fiber from 787 production to re-purpose this high-value material and reduce airplane weight and factory waste.

“With the ecoDemonstrator, Boeing looks to reduce environmental impact through the airplane’s lifecycle, from improving fuel efficiency and cutting carbon emissions to recycling production materials,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president, Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “In addition to our new technologies, flying the ecoDemonstrator 757 with U.S.-made green diesel is another positive step toward reducing our industry’s use of fossil fuel.”

NASA and TUI Group, the world’s largest integrated tourism group, are collaborating with Boeing on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests.

In cooperation with NASA, the 757 flew on June 17 from Seattle to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., using a blend of 95 percent petroleum jet fuel and 5 percent sustainable green diesel, a biofuel used in ground transportation. Boeing is working with the aviation industry to approve green diesel for commercial aviation by amending the HEFA biojet specification approved in 2011. This would make aviation biofuel more widely available and price competitive with Jet A including U.S. government incentives. Diamond Green Diesel in Norco, La., produced the 757’s green diesel from waste animal fats, inedible corn oil and used cooking oil to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent less than petroleum jet fuel.

This spring, under contract with NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project, the ecoDemonstrator 757 tested active flow control on the vertical tail and bug-phobic coatings on the right wing. With the exception of Boeing proprietary technology, NASA’s knowledge gained by collaborating with Boeing on ecoDemonstrator research will be publicly available to benefit the industry.

“We have been thrilled with the data we were able to obtain from our experiments during the ecoDemonstrator 757 flight campaign, and are excited about the impact these NASA-developed technologies will have on the U.S. air transportation industry,” said Ed Waggoner, director of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program.

TUI Group is collaborating with Boeing to demonstrate its commitment to innovate for a more sustainable future for air travel and tourism.

“TUI operates Europe’s most carbon-efficient airlines and sustainability is key to all products and services that we operate under the TUI brand. We are proud to partner with Boeing and NASA and we are excited to be associated with industry-leading innovations that can further improve our fleet efficiency in the future,” said Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Group Executive Committee of TUI Group. “Sustainable fuels, like green diesel, also have a potential to reduce aviation’s carbon emissions significantly and they require the policy and investment framework that will support our investments.”

The green diesel flight to Langley was coordinated with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell, among others; EPIC Aviation blended the fuel. In December 2014, the ecoDemonstrator 787 made the first-ever flights with green diesel, which is a different fuel product than “biodiesel.”

Since it was launched in 2011, the ecoDemonstrator Program has tested more than 50 technologies with a Next-Generation 737 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015).

SOURCE: Boeing

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

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