SA-born Flying-V project manager describes radical re-design of aircraft

A radical re-design of long-haul aircraft is set to change the aviation sector, and cut carbon emissions by up to 20%.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have teamed up to create the "Flying V" for Airbus - whereas the name suggests, the plane will be V-shaped and passengers will be seated in the wings of the aircraft.

Designers say that this will make it lighter and more aerodynamic.

The team is planning to have a scale model ready for a test flight in October, and the project manager for the building of this 1:20 model is Malcom Brown - who was born and raised in South Africa!

John Maytham talks to South African-born Malcolm Brown who will be part of a radical re-design of long-haul aircraft that will cut carbon emissions by up to 20%. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have teamed up to create the "Flying V" for Airbus where passengers sit in the wings.

The aircraft does indeed look like a 'V'...and that allows us to integrate the fuselage - where the people sit - into the wings of the aircraft...which reduces the drag of the aircraft and lower fuel burn.

Malcolm Brown, Project manager - Flying V aircraft

This would reduce fuel consumption by 20% compared to current aircraft, he says.

You make your choice, left or right-hand side of the wing. There will be two aisles with three seats on each side and five seats in the middle.

Malcolm Brown, Project manager - Flying V aircraft

He says runway design will not need to be modified in any way.

It will have a 65-metre wingspan from tip-to-tip and is shorter than conventional aircraft.

Malcolm Brown, Project manager - Flying V aircraft

Brown describes more features and says it will be "good to go" in current airports.

He says there is more research and development and it will take about 15 to 20 years before these aircraft take to the skies.

Listen to the interview below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber takes to the skies with Uber Air and Uber Copter

Uber Air’s flying taxis are specifically designed for short trips. Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Boeing 737 MAX: 'Sensor broke off, computer misread data and fought the pilots'

Guy Leitch, the managing editor of SA Flyer Magazine, provides insights into what caused the airplane crash.

CT-Hong Kong direct: Cathay Pacific to re-introduce popular seasonal flight

CT-Hong Kong direct: Cathay Pacific to re-introduce popular seasonal flight

Country manager Ashish Kapur says it's one of the most promising routes the airline has launched recently.

Boeings grounded, as search continues for Ethiopian Airline black box

Boeings grounded, as search continues for Ethiopian Airline black box

The Ethiopian Airline aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board.

12 tips on airplane etiquette to help guarantee a smooth flight

12 tips on airplane etiquette to help guarantee a smooth flight

Nothing can ruin a flight quicker than a fellow passenger with zero manners, says travel and lifestyle writer Allison Foat.

Boeing is booming (763 commercial jets delivered this year, an industry record)

Boeing is booming (763 commercial jets delivered this year, an industry record)

Boeing made more planes than any other manufacturer for five years in a row. Bruce Whitfield interviews Boeing's J Miguel Santos.

Popular articles
How Stellenbosch became a breeding ground for Afrikaner billionaire businessmen

How Stellenbosch became a breeding ground for Afrikaner billionaire businessmen

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Pieter du Toit, author of "The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires' Club".

47% probability of the rand crashing in next 12 months - Rand Merchant Bank

47% probability of the rand crashing in next 12 months - Rand Merchant Bank

The writing is probably on the wall for the resurgent rand. Bruce Whitfield interviews John Cairns, a Strategist at RMB.

Outrage as pastor tells students gay people are 'as bad as Hitler'

Outrage as pastor tells students gay people are 'as bad as Hitler'

Students at De Kuilen High are being offered counselling after being told by Pickard Henn that gay people are going to hell.

I was threatened with a tyre and petrol - Redi Tlhabi

I was threatened with a tyre and petrol - Redi Tlhabi

Journalist says what former president Jacob Zuma said at the state capture commission is bigger than defamation.

For R17,000 you can get your UK visa application done in 24 hours

For R17,000 you can get your UK visa application done in 24 hours

Immigration consultancy Move Up managing director Ryan Rennison says the service is mostly used by senior executives.

'It's about time too!' DJ Fresh on his new 947 gig  #FreshOn947

'It's about time too!' DJ Fresh on his new 947 gig #FreshOn947

The news that DJ Fresh would be joining 947 was dominating on social media on Monday with the hashtag #Freshon97

'A lot of people may have wanted him dead.'  - Who killed Mark Batchelor?

'A lot of people may have wanted him dead.' - Who killed Mark Batchelor?

A Sunday newspaper report has suggested the soccer ace's death may have been linked to a missing stash of cocaine.

Paying off your credit card every month to avoid interest? The banks are sneaky…

Paying off your credit card every month to avoid interest? The banks are sneaky…

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler warns prudent credit card holders to keep tabs on their banks. In this case, it’s FNB.