It's all to do with lighter parts, says engine maker CFM, which has been experimenting with 3-D printing and using ceramic matrix composites. The move could save $1 million a year per plane, reducing fuel consumption by 15%.
In this extended version of the talk from our latest issue, we speak with Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability at United Continental about testing biofuels and partnering with biofuel producers.
For three years, the Aerospace History Project at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., has been collecting and archiving thousands of documents, manuscripts, oral histories, and photographs chronicling the industry from roughly 1910 through the early 1990s. Highlights are on display there through January. Here we present a slideshow celebrating the archive and the history of aviation and aerospace innovations.