All about Flying V

The aircraft in the shape of V could be the new flying machine passenger will board to reach their destination in 2040. Gone are the conventional flying design of wings attached to the aeroplane's fuselage; the new concept of Flying V is only wings with no separate fuselage, which might take the flying to the next level. Wings inspire the flying V and the entire aircraft is designed in the shape of wings, and all other device is integrated within it. Did you hear everything integrated within wings? 

 

Sponsor Fact

Dutch KLM airline is one of the sponsors for the Flying V concept.

 

The Start

It all started by Mr Justus Benad in 2014 during his Airbus project; since then, many big manufacturers are involved in the making of Flying V, such as Airbus and KLM airlines etc. The Dutch KLM airlines have been the Flying V partner since the concept launched at the 100th anniversary of KLM airlines. The design is so futuristic, and currently, there is a miniature prototype testing in progress. The new design of flying wings will give many opportunities in aviation to move towards a technology which we have always seen in a Hollywood movie and dreamt of seeing soon in reality. 

 

Passenger Fact

Flying V is expected to carry more than 300 passengers, equal to the wide-body Airbus A350.

 

The Design

The Flying V design is very futuristic, and the designers are still in the baby steps and doing lots of research, including wind tunnel and miniature prototype testing. The V inspired flying machine will have the cockpit, passenger cabin, and cargo compartment integrated into the wings, saving space, reducing weight, and increasing fuel efficiency and performance. The new machine is also designed to carry 300+ passengers and cargo capacity equivalent to a wide-body aircraft, but the difference is everything inside the wings. The wings are the vital device in the aircraft, which creates lift, and the rest of the parts assist in balancing it, but additional components are additional weight. The Flying V concept uses the wings to accommodate everything, saving weight and increasing performance, also easy for maintenance. This development will reduce up to 20% fuel reduction compared to the generic designs as all the components are lift generating device in Flying V.

 

Efficiency Fact

Flying V is 20% fuel-efficient and 15% aerodynamically efficient compared to conventional aircraft.

 

New Concept

Since 1903, the aviation design was similar or close to the Wright Flyer 2, the first powered aircraft globally. But Flying V is different; in aviation, the aircraft's performance is highly degraded by the aircraft parts' drag, so reducing the parts will significantly appreciate the performance. Regarding performance, Interference drag in aircraft science increases when more parts are put-together at different angles. E.g. the wings and the fuselage is attached almost to a ninety-degree angle with some tapper which will create more than expected drag in any situation. The drag is nothing but an opposite force created by the aircraft parts when moving forward. Generally, when the speed of the aircraft increases, drag also increases. Hence, the engine has to generate more power to overcome the backward force to compensate for drag, thus more fuel burn. Reducing this odd attachment will create a clean machine with reduced drag and high performance with less fuel burn. 

 

Wings Fact

The proposed wingspan of the Flying V is 65 meters which is larger than Boeing 777's wingspan.

 

The Challenge

Since 2014, the developers have undergone many challenges to make flying V stable in all flying conditions due to its new and unusual shape in aviation. Every aeroplane has its characteristics of stability in comparison to airspeed. The airspeed helps pilots know how fast the aircraft is moving through the air, and in different airspeed, the plane reacts differently. To make flying V stable in all conditions, many designs were created, and the most appropriate was this V-shaped wings where engines placed in the middle. With this design, the Flying V's airflow is laminar ( clean ), making this machine fly faster and higher. 

 

Model Fact

The scale model of Flying V weighs 22.5kg, wingspan of 3.06m and a length of 2.76m.

 

Maiden Flight

Humans' thirst for technology is never falling, and the Flying V prototype has again proved the world will not stop with what we have. In the year 2020, a miniature scale model of Flying V weighing 50-pound made its maiden flight, where researchers test takeoffs, landings, approaches and various in-flight manoeuvres. It was all success, and the developers are making all the necessary changes required and soon to built a full-scale model of the prototype. We are very close to the new flying machine for the future and keep watching Aviation Update magazine for many updates on future aviation.