Leonardo C-27J Flying Testbed Tests Innovative Solutions For Clean Sky 2 Programme | Aviation

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The C-27J Flying Test Bed takes off from Torino-Caselle airport. (Photo: Lorenzo Ambrino via Leonardo)

The test experimented innovative wingtips and morphing winglets capable of changing shape during flight.

Leonardo concluded at Torino-Caselle airport the Regional Integrated Aircraft Demonstration Platform campaign with its C-27J Flying Test Bed, a technological demonstration aircraft in the European Clean Sky 2 programme. The press statement says this in-flight demonstration concluded a technological development cycle that began 10 years ago in Europe under Leonardo’s coordination towards a sustainable and climate neutral aviation.

The programme involved national aeronautical excellences integrated with a highly qualified European ecosystem of over 100 partners, inclusive of SMEs, Research Centres, Universities and Industries. Leonardo designed innovative technical solutions and made available its C-27J Spartan aircraft, renowned for its outstanding flight performance and multi-mission capabilities, as a European Flying Test Bed.

Among the technologies being validated to significantly contribute to reducing the fuel consumption are innovative wing configurations featuring special mobile surfaces – Innovative Wingtips and Morphing Winglets – capable of changing shape during flight through active, adaptive technology and digital systems. These technologies have been considered for years among the most likely candidates to improve the efficiency of future aircraft throughout all phases of flight.

“We are registering extraordinary technological results, made possible by an excellent European aeronautical ecosystem in which Leonardo is at the helm, brilliantly playing the part of innovation and sustainability coordinator,” notes Aurelio Calcedonio Boscarino, in charge of Strategy and Innovation at Leonardo’s Aircraft Division.

According to the press release, these unusual surfaces are manoeuvred by advanced electromechanical actuators with digital…

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