The noise produced by aeroplanes is rather extortionate – leading to outrage by those who live near busy airports. The plans for expansion at the famous Heathrow Airport have been discouraged due to the amount of noise pollution that will be produced.
It is quite clear that today’s aircraft manufacturers have fabulous future opportunities to create and market new product designs. Future prospects that manufacturers have to consider are:
v The escalating fuel costs.
v The rising demand of aircrafts.
v The need for more quiet aircrafts.
v The desire for environmentally friend aircrafts.
They are just some of the possibilities of the future of aircrafts. From a quick scan of the scientific literature, press releases and the internet, it has been revealed that there are numerous ideas and plans for future new aircrafts and associated technology.
Obviously, the idea of such developments is exciting, especially from an environmentalists point of view because these new aircrafts are expected to deliver significant reductions in fuel consumption and noise emissions.
The question is whether any of these ideas or future prospects can be ever turned from a fast growing dream into a worldwide reality.
The Technology Available
It is believed that many of the technologies that can help reduce aircraft noise pollution is already with us today. Meaning, the chances of reducing the noise pollution in the near future is highly unlikely – however it is not impossible.
Although we may not have the technology with us today, it does not mean that it cannot be developed in the future. Aircrafts have developed hugely over the years compared to the first aircrafts invented and used – this leaves us with high hopes that a more economic aeroplane will be developed in the future.
The History of Aircraft Noise
Over the last 50 years, there has been a massive reduction in the amount of noise created from aircrafts. We saw the biggest drop between the years of 1955-1980, during this time there was the development of the 1st generation turbofans to 2nd generation turbofans.
Since 1980, we have seen a steadier drop in the amount of noise pollution. Further developments of the second (current) generation of aircraft have been to take on the overall design of the craft, rather than specifically the noise created from turbofans.
The Future Plans for Aircrafts
Boeing Phantom Works has already started flying a scaled model of their Blended Wing Body (BWB) while Airbus has experimented with a redesigned Airbus A300 flying on hydrogen.
A milestone flight in aviation history also took place during May 2013 as an aeroplane powered by solar energy landed in Phoenix following a flight from California. It is not expected that solar power planes will cut fuel consumption out completely – however it is thought that it will lead to a huge change in how economical they are.
The future plans for aircrafts are limitless – as the technology develops faster than ever, we are expecting to see aeroplanes become cleaner and greener whilst offering passengers an unbeatable experience.
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