The EU’s Clean Sky initiative made further progress this week with Dassault Aviation performing a test flight to evaluate the potential use of fuel-saving laminar wings on large business jets.
The test was performed using a Falcon 7X as part of the “Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft” technology demonstrator under the Clean Sky programme.
Dassault is still evaluating the results of the test flight, but appears positive. On a larger scale, the smart laminar wing is scheduled to be flight tested on a modified Airbus A340-300 in 2014.
For more on the Clean Sky initiative and how it’s progressing, take a look at our recent feature which should tell you everything you need to know.
And for more on the laminar wing portion, see here.