Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have found an inexpensive way to cut airline fuel bills by borrowing a trick from the world’s greatest long-distance aviators: Migratory birds. By lining up cruising aircraft in a V-shaped formation favoured by Canada geese, carriers would be able to produce a leap in efficiency without investing in structural makeovers or futuristic technology. The idea is to link the flying convoys safely using navigation and collision-avoidance tools that already are widely installed in cockpits. “Think ...
Boeing studies flying geese formation to save fuel cost
Leap in efficiency could be achieved without investing in structural makeovers or futuristic tech
Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg Last Updated at August 10, 2017 03:11 IST