This simple modification is an opportunity that is fiscally wise and environmentally responsible, saving up to 100,000 gallons of fuel per aircraft, per year
Reno, NV (PRWEB) September 10, 2007
AeroTech Services Inc., an aircraft modification and consulting company, announced it has developed and is selling a fuel saving wing modification for the Boeing 737-200, -300, -400 and -500 Series aircraft that enables commercial airlines to reduce fuel burn and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 4 percent.
AeroTech Services' modification increases the wing area and camber, resulting in an increased lift to drag ratio, effectively cutting fuel burn and emissions during climb and cruise periods. The modification has been approved and results verified by the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada and the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).
The wing modification typically takes 300 man hours to install and can earn back a 100 percent return on investment (in fuel savings) in approximately 3,300 flight hours of commercial use. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), "Each kilogram of fuel saved reduces CO2 emissions by 3.16 kilograms." If fuel consumption is reduced by just 3 percent it would equate to a reduction of over 645 tonnes of CO2 emissions per aircraft, per year under typical commercial operations.
As an official entrant in the Virgin Earth Challenge, AeroTech Services' goal is to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on 1000 of the B737 Classic Series, worldwide by 2010. The B737 "Classics" are the largest fleet of aircraft in the world; with about 2600 in commercial service. This would mean a reduction of 645,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. Other emissions will also be reduced proportionately to the fuel burn.
"This simple modification is an opportunity that is fiscally wise and environmentally responsible, saving up to 100,000 gallons of fuel per aircraft, per year," said an AeroTech spokesperson.
AeroTech Services, Inc. was formed in 1995. James Nettle and James Lord filed a patent application in 2001 titled "Method for Reducing Fuel Consumption in Aircraft". The United States Patent & Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 6,598,834 to them on July 29, 2003.
James Nettle has over 35 years experience in aviation as a commercial pilot, aircraft owner/operator, licensed mechanic, maintenance inspector, and provider of technical services to companies with large transport aircraft. He has also been directly involved in the development and implementation of several aerodynamic improvements to transport category aircraft.
James Lord is a Performance Flight Engineer and Instructor since 1967 and a licensed mechanic with thousands of flight hours in actual system flight test programs. Prior to leaving the US Air Force with 20 years service, his last assignment was as a Flight Engineer to the Presidential Operations Squadron.
AeroTech Services, Inc., a Reno, Nevada-based company, holds the US Patent No. 6,598,834 on the wing modification for all aircraft. The company markets and sells the modification worldwide to commercial airline operators. The website is http://www.aerotechservices737.com
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