Fuel costs comprise a major portion of air transport operating costs. Thus, energy efficiency is an essential design goal for future transport aircraft. Advanced composite structures, advanced wing geometries, and active control systems all promise substantial benefits in fuel efficiency and direct operating cost for derivative and new aircraft introduced by 1985. Technology for maintenance of a laminar boundary layer in cruise offers great benefits in fuel efficiency and direct operating cost and may be ready for application to transports introduced in the 1990's. NASA and the air transport industry are cooperating in a comprehensive Aircraft Energy Efficiency Program to expedite the introduction of these advanced technologies into production aircraft.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for SAE Meeting 29 Nov.-2 Dec. 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
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  • Authors:
    • Leonard, R W
    • Wagner, R D
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00164933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 760929 Preprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM