Curtiss-Wright To Improve Airbus UpNext’s Wing Performance

Airbus UpNext wing demo plane
Credit: Curtiss-Wright

Airbus UpNext has selected Curtiss-Wright’s Actuation Division to provide custom actuation technology for use on the eXtra performance WING demonstrator project. 

The Curtiss-Wright project, which will explore active control technologies to improve wing performance, includes an intelligent wing tip, known as a semi-aeroelastic hinge. 

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide Airbus UpNext with an actuation system for control of the semi-aeroelastic hinge on the scaled demonstrator aircraft. The demonstrator integrates the eXtra performance WING on a Cessna Citation VII business jet platform. The Curtiss-Wright actuation system features the complete package of systems for enabling the semi-aeroelastic hinge function. 

Curtiss-Wright Actuation Division senior general manager Phil Bowker said the contract represents the first major business agreement with Airbus UpNext for its Shelby, North Carolina facility, “and the project’s focus on decarbonization and improved efficiency are very much in line with our own strategy.” 

The semi-aeroelastic hinge technology enables a more efficient wing design that improves aircraft fuel burn and reduces environmental impact. The demonstrator will improve and optimize wing aerodynamics and performance for future commercial aircraft, regardless of propulsion solution and aircraft configuration.

Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures its electric actuation products at its Shelby, North Carolina; Stratford, Ontario; and Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland facilities.

Linda Blachly

Linda Blachly is Senior Associate Editor for Air Transport World and Aviation Week. She joined the company in July 2010 and is responsible for producing features for Air Transport World’s monthly magazine and engaging content for the She is based in the Washington DC office.