Airbus Aims To Operationalize Wake Surfing Airbus’ plan to demonstrate the technical, operational and commercial viability of reducing commercial aircraft emissions through formation flying on long-haul flights builds on tests by NASA and the U.S. Air Force that show wake surfing improves fuel efficiency. On formation flights by two Boeing C-17 airlifters between California and Hawaii in July 2013, the trailing aircraft averaged a 10% fuel saving by flying in the updraft from the ...

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