The flight routes of passenger aircrafts are generally well established. In practice, unforeseen factors, mainly related to the weather, often force pilots to cover more kilometres than anticipated. A Polish-Colombian team of scientists and engineers, inspired by the behaviour of insects and birds, has developed software that allows real-time rational modification of flight routes. As a result, it was possible to achieve measurable savings, both financial and with regard to environmental protection.
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Polish-Colombian research on the issues described here is financed by the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (project no. 1510) with the support of the Colombian Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano.
This press release was inspired by the European Create grant (ERA Chair under the Horizon 2020 programme.)
SCIENTIFIC PAPER: “Route planning in real time for short-range aircraft with a constant-volume-combustorgeared turbofan to minimize operating costs by particle swarm optimization”. R. F. Colmenares-Quintero, G. D. Góez-Sánchez, J. C. Colmenares-Quintero. Cogent Engineering (2018), 5: 1429984. DOI: 10.1080/23311916.2018.1429984.