Washington - The Airbus A340 Blade Demonstrator received the "Technology Award" in the airliner category at the Aviation Week's Laureate Awards held in Washington, D.C. on March 1st.
Airbus A340 Blade Demonstrator stood out at the ceremony of Aviation Week's Laureate Awards 2018. The demonstrator won the "Technology" award in the category of airliners.
We are extremely honored to receive Aviation Week’s Laureates award for Technology. I am also proud of what our BLADE teams in Airbus and in our partner companies in Clean Sky have achieved. Together we continue to lead the way for the efficient future of commercial aviation,said Axel Flaig, SVP of Research and Technology at Airbus.
The BLADE project, which stands for “Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe,” is part of the EU-sponsored "Clean Sky" program to evaluate the feasibility of implementing laminar flow wing technology on a widebody airliner.
With the new wing technology, Airbus aims to reduce wing frictions by 50% and CO2 emissions by 5%.
The A340 Blade (MSN001) made its first flight, between Tarbes and Toulouse, in September 2017. It took Airbus teams 16 months to modify the A340 to incorporate laminar wings with the support of numerous industrial partners across Europe.
The demonstrator has already completed 66 hours of flight. Airbus intends to test the validity of the concept with 150 hours of flight in total.
The tests are carried out thanks to a set of embedded instruments including infrared cameras, acoustic generators as well as sensors to measure the deformation of the wings in real time. On the outside, the aircraft is provided with two representative transonic laminar outer-wings, while inside the cabin there is a highly complex flight-test-instrumentation (FTI) station.
The BLADE demonstrator, dubbed ‘Flight Lab,’ is the first test aircraft in the world to combine a transonic laminar wing profile with an internal primary structure.