Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled an ‘ecoDemonstrator program’ – which aims at speeding up technological advances that will serve to heighten fuel efficiency, operational efficiency and noise reduction. The commercial aviation industry has been seeking to achieve carbon neutral growth by the year 2020.
It is anticipated that all the big strides to achieving this will be through technology advancements. Boeing recently received a $25 million matching cost contract from the Federal Aviation Administration, for technology development in its Continuous Lower Energy Emissions Noise (CLEEN) program.
According to the contract, Boeing will be delivering the flight test part of the program and allied targeted technologies. Meanwhile other reports from the aviation industry say that as part of a new biofuel test program, Porter Airlines’ Q400 aircraft will, by 2012, fly a craft powered by fuel from an oilseed crop.