Engineering

Conduct Pilot Makes Aircrafts More Economical

Airlines can save by their pilots awareness of the amounts of kerosene they rushing through. This is clear from a study of Virgin Atlantic. Certain simple measures can save up to 100 euro per flight on fuel.

Aircraft for decades, look about the same. However, there are new designs on the market that are more economical in use, thanks to lighter materials or better aerodynamics. Also the builders of engines now and then with new ones that use less kerosene and thus emit less CO2.

Pilot comfort and visibility

There is also a different approach to the consumption and to cut the emission of aircraft: the human side. Although much is automated, the pilot in the cockpit still a much influence on the way of flying. He or she decides how much fuel there is tanked and once in the air there are plenty of choices about the height, route or cruising speed all affect fuel consumption. For example, during taxiing, the pilot can turn off one or more engines.

It does do what think of the campaign “the new Drive” that motorists in Netherlands are urged to the accelerator pedal less enthusiastic in print.

To the study of Virgin Atlantic (pdf file), the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics did all 335 captains of the airline. Everyone was informed of the fact that the study started. A quarter of the group got nothing else to hear, a quarter of the pilots got each month feedback about their fuel savings, a quarter got on top of that also targets imposed, and the last quarter also got another reward if the target was extracted, namely a donation to a charity of your choice.

The study ran eight months long and contained more than 40 thousand flights eventually. The data were from the fuel monitoring systems on board the aircraft of Virgin. This left the scientists of both universities then econometric techniques.

Tests results report

The results are striking. Even the Group pilots who just got informed about the study, went though what more economical to fly. The big Wow came from group two, which got feedback about his flying behavior. The more measures targets and a reward in the form of donations to charities gave a bit of extra profit on.

Simple measures

In the more than 40 thousand flights almost 7000 tonnes of kerosene was saved; at that time, good for a cost saving of about 3.3 million pounds (4.3 million). On average per flight Virgin Atlantic so well over a hundred euros saved with simple measures. It’s amazing that the company go ahead with the program. The pilots also gave to that they were enthusiastic about the study. About 81% of them want more info about fuel savings.