Boeing recently bought and repainted a 772 from Air China that will be used as 'Eco Demonstrator'. What is it supposed to test?
Among the technologies being tested on this year's ecoDemonstrator program are:
- Sharing digital information between air traffic control, the flight deck and an airline's operations center to optimize routing efficiency and safety.
- An electronic flight bag application that uses next-generation communications to automatically provide rerouting information to pilots when weather conditions warrant.
- Connected cabin technologies that make galleys and lavatories smart, and monitor cabin conditions such as temperature and humidity to facilitate automatic adjustments.
- Cameras to provide more passengers with a view outside the airplane.
meh ... not much 'Eco' in this demonstrator. At least nothing particularly groundbreaking. I had been hoping for something along the lines of Airbus' laminar flow testbed / Flight Lab.
The flights will include a trip to Frankfurt Airport in Germany, where the ecoDemonstrator's technology mission will be presented to government officials, industry representatives and STEM students to help inspire the next generation in aerospace leadership.
Is German government funding being used for Boeing research?