The air transport industry is under immense public pressure to reduce its environmental footprint, reversing a negative trend resulting from its rapid growth since the end of the global financial crisis 10 years ago. As one of many initiatives, Airbus is now trying to turn an old proposal into reality: enabling aircraft to ride the wake vortex of a preceding airplane to reduce fuel consumption. The manufacturer’s fello’fly project, presented at the recent Dubai Airshow, is ...

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