GE Aviation to demonstrate reduced fuel, emissions, noise

  • 13-Jul-2010 04:18 EDT

GE will install Flight Management System functionality on Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft to demonstrate the environmental benefits. Flight demonstrations this year will set a baseline to measure fuel use, emissions, and noise produced by commercial aircraft using current FMS-ATM technologies.

GE Aviation received an award from the U.S. FAA as part of the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program—a joint FAA-industry program to accelerate the development and maturation of aircraft and engine technologies that reduce noise and emissions and improve fuel burn. GE and the FAA will share the investment of up to $66 million for a five-year period. The CLEEN award will help fund three GE technologies, including TAPS II Combustor, Open Rotor, and Flight Management System—Air Traffic Management (FMS-ATM). The advanced FMS-ATM part of this award will enable commercial aircraft to routinely fly more optimum trajectories resulting in less fuel, emissions, and noise. GE is working with industry partners Lockheed Martin, AirDat, and Alaska Airlines. GE will develop advanced FMS functionality that will be installed on Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft to demonstrate the environmental benefits. Work with Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, will demonstrate integration between the airborne FMS and the ground-based air traffic system. GE and AirDat will develop and demonstrate advanced technology to reduce the effects of weather on aircraft fuel consumption and emissions.

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