Posts: 381
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:24 am

Researchers To Release Design For Silent Jet

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:10 am

Saw this article today. I have seen posts in the past about something like this but it looks we will finally see exactly what it will look like.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov 5 (Reuters) - A radically redesigned passenger jet could alleviate a major complaint of people who live near major airports -- the deafening sound of planes taking off and landing.

A team of 40 researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University spent three years working on the wide, streamlined jet, which they plan to unveil in London on Monday.
Leaders of a long-range research venture called the "Silent Aircraft Initiative" were scheduled Monday to release a conceptual design for a plane they say could cut through the air with practically no sound bothering those below, thanks to its unique shape and design features to limit engine noise.
User avatar
Posts: 5555
Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:52 am

RE: Researchers To Release Design For Silent Jet

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:22 am

"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User avatar
Posts: 2850
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:44 pm

RE: Researchers To Release Design For Silent Jet

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:26 am

I double posted so I will repost my notes here.

Heard this on the BBC (2006/11/06) podcast.

An aircraft designed by Cambridge and MIT that runs on conventional fuel but is as noisy as a washing machine.

The Silent Aircraft Initiative

The Cambridge-MIT Institute's 'Silent' Aircraft Initiative was launched in November 2003 with a bold aim: to discover ways to reduce aircraft noise dramatically, to the point where it would be virtually unnoticeable to people outside the airport perimeter.


  • BAA
  • Boeing
  • Bruel & Kjaer (B&K)
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
  • DHL
  • easyJet
  • ecotec
  • ITP
  • Lochard
  • Lufthansa Cargo
  • Luton Airport
  • Marshall Aerospace
  • Met Office
  • National Air Traffic Services (NATS)
  • Nottingham East Midlands Airport (NEMA)
  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Wyle Labs

Silent Aircraft Initiative document (1.2MB PDF)

BBC radio 4 article "The Silent Plane" (Needs realaudio)
My name is Centrair but HND is closer. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Posts: 9605
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:34 am

RE: Researchers To Release Design For Silent Jet

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:46 am

I saw this article on CNBC. They played a part on it. They weren't quite logical though since they showed off how much noise flaps make and how much noise can be eliminated by not having flaps. Somehow they forgot about the engines when they described the plane. But I think that is just how CNBC showed it. The engines are on top and that plane looks a lot like the B2, which if you've seen it in person, you know that it is completely silent until after it has pased you.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos