Jeremy Greaves, the vice president of corporate for Airbus UK, discusses the company’s “Bird of Prey” concept to that would use feather-like control surfaces, hybrid electric propulsion and electric systems to cut operating costs by 30 to 50 percent.
The initiative aims to inspire engineering innovation across the UK.The plane would be able to accommodate up to 80 passengers, and would have a range of 1,500 kilometres.
The concept also boasts a smooth wing root – the point where the wing joins the fuselage – designed to imitate the graceful, aerodynamic arch of an eagle or falcon.
“Our ‘Bird of Prey’ is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a ‘wow’ factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector,” explained Martin Aston, a senior manager at Airbus. “One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before.