December 17, 1903. Two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, undertake the first powered, controlled flight which lasted all of 37 metres. Today, as people regularly fly distances exceeding 15 million metres, one can appreciate what a world-changing event that small hop really was.
From the moment aircraft are designed, engineers are working out how to make them more efficient. Unlike ground vehicles, which don’t need to be optimised for efficiency to the same extent as aircraft because they can refuel often, long-distance aircraft must carry all their fuel with them. Fuel is expensive, heavy and takes up
a great deal of storage room. Its weight can limit the range of an aircraft and it needs to be stored in tanks which affect the wing size and the payload able to be carried.
The Beginner’s Guide explores how manufacturers are designing engines and aircraft to use less fuel, how the air traffic control system works and how governments and the industry are working together to make it more efficient and how airports are putting in place a number of energy reduction measures. It looks forward to the future and also details how the industry has taken on the challenge of capping its net carbon emissions from 2020 and reducing net carbon emissions by 2050 to half of what they were in 2005.
As the world starts focussing on energy efficiency, the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group has developed a Beginner’s Guide to Aviation Efficiency, highlighting the work that has been occurring in the aviation industry for many years and the progress being made with new materials and ultra-efficient design.
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The Beginner’s Guide to Aviation Efficiency was produced with the assistance of: Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, Airbus, Airports Council International, Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, Boeing, Bombardier, CFM International, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, Embraer, GE Aviation,
Honeywell Aerospace, International Air Transport Association, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, SESAR Joint Undertaking.