The goal is to use them to reduce CO2 emissions by 43 percent and NOx emissions by 70 percent in a typical Search and Rescue operation of 460 miles (741 km). Not only that but they are expected to enable noise reduction during takeoff by 45 percent.
Now, with new technologies onboard, FTB2 has finally soared to the skies from the Final Assembly Line in Seville. Some of the key improvements include more dynamic winglets, a new semi-morphing wing, and a SatCom antenna integrated within the aircraft's fuselage.
FTB2 also incorporates improved flight controls for primary control surfaces that allow the wing's aerodynamic form to be adjusted mid-flight, contributing to a more efficient high lift system.
Airbus says that its efforts toward more sustainable aviation extend to the production process as well. The aircraft was built using cutting-edge materials and manufacturing processes, including a unique assembly method for the new composite winglet and winglet tab.
The plane's first flight has kicked off a series of tests that will focus on its new semi-morphing wing, the flight-control system, as well as the SatCom antenna integrated into the fuselage.
"The first flight of the C295 FTB2 is a key milestone that represents an important step forward in the programme, following the successful integration of the new aero structures, power-on and ground tests," said Francisco Javier Sánchez Segura, Executive Vice President Engineering Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus #C295 #CleanSky2 Flight Test Bed 2 (FTB2) successfully performed its maiden flight ????— Airbus Defence (@AirbusDefence) January 26, 2022
The aim of the FTB2 is to achieve a more sustainable aviation, by reducing the noise, CO2 and NOx levels. #sustainability
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