Now, this is what we call a modern aircraft! A new V-shaped aircraft that Delft University of Technology is developing in Netherlands. It will blow your mind. It is a long-range passenger aircraft with better fuel efficiency, light weight and better aerodynamics. The Flying-V will carry cargo, fuel ranks and passengers in its wings. Moreover, the better aerodynamic shape will reduce the fuel consumption by 20% in comparison to Airbus 350.
The prototype version of Flying-V was ready by fall 2019. However, the real world version is going to come after 2040.
Scale Model Details of Flying-V
In October 2019, TU Delft demonstrated a flying scale model at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport, Schiopol.
The main objective of the Flying-V scale model is to perform flight testing and evaluate the stabilty of the aircraft at low speeds. Also, to identify the correct angle for take-off and landing.
The model was 2.76m long and 3.06m wide. It was made of composite materials. It consisted of control systems and sensors. The sensors understand the models operational behaviour and an autopilot system. Two electric ducted fan engines of 4kW and Lithium Polymer batteries of 6 kg powers the entire model.
Design & Features of Flying-V Aircraft
With a length of 55m and wingspan of 65m, the height of Flying-V aircraft will be 17m. With the capacity of holding 160m cube cargo, it will accomodate 314 passengers.
The modern V-shape design will have the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks. Thus, it will make long range flights more sustainable. The design of the aircraft will ensure lower resistance to reduce fuel consumption. Keeping in mind the infrastructure of the airports, hangars and runways, the wingspan of the Flying-V will be same as that of Airbus 350.
No horizontal stabilizer is designed; the location of wing’s aerodynamic centre will take care of the stability of the airplane.
To ensure the structural design efficiency and proper aerodynamic shaping, the engineers have preferred pressurised cabins to be oval-shaped. The fuel capacity will be 140,000 Litres. To achieve the speed of 140k, Flying-V will have larger wing area.
The cockpit will have four window panes and its floor will be 40 cm higher than the cabin floor. The flight deck will accomodate two pilots with sufficient space for the weather radar.
Cabin &Interior of Flying-V
There are four seating options in the aircraft’s cabin. The options include individual seats, group seating, lounge chairs and collapsible beds. The bed concept is to enhance the experience of the passengers. Also, it has been applied for the patent.
The bed concept includes a three-berth module. The staff can transform three-berth module into a three seater bench during take-off and landing. There will be 2-class configuration seating for the passengers. It will have 266 seats in the economy class and 48 seats in the business class.
To increase space for legs and shoulders and offer some extra privacy, rows of staggered seats will be integrated. In addition, the designers have mounted the seats on the ceilings, giving extra space and allowing passengers to change postures.
The main cabin will have a 10-abreast seating configuration. And four type A doors with a pair of side-by side doors. It will be integrated on each side of the cabin.
Propulsion System of Flying-V
Flying-V will use fuel-efficient turbofan engines, mounted behind the passenger cabins. This will help to in the reduction of cabin noise. Also, there’s a scope of integrating electrically boosted turbofans to achieve more sustainable flight.