Precisely controlling the airflow over an aircraft’s wing and tail, particularly in areas sensitive to flow separation that increases drag, could provide the next significant reduction in fuel consumption, emissions and noise. Europe is maturing a range of airflow, noise and vibration-control technologies under a four-year, €37 million ($40.7 million) research program now entering its third year, which will include the manufacture of hardware for demonstrators. Led by Airbus, ...

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