Project Description

JIF2LAND EURECAT

Jif2Land project aims to evaluate laminar flow wings technology and to reduce the amount of combustible needed and, ultimately, the environmental and footprint of air transport.

The project contributed to the development of the natural laminar flow wing technology and to test the technology on an Airbus A340 aircraft for the validation of the concept; the world’s first commercial test aircraft with a laminar flow wing. The adoption of this technology on commercial aircrafts such as Airbus A340 will allow a considerable reduction in wing friction and will drop CO2 emissions up to 5%.

JIF2LAND project, executed by Aritex and Eurecat, has developed all the jigs and fixtures necessary for disassembling the original wings of the Airbus and assembling the laminar flow wings in order to perform the flight tests, from the conceptual phase to the delivery in the final assembly line. For this, Aritex and Eurecat have successfully developed an efficient process for assembling/disassembling small batches of jigs at a low cost in A340 test plane.

Laminar flow wing technology used in the Airbus A340 under BLADE’s initiative has been awarded in the category of commercial technology in the Aviation Week’s Laureate Awards, held on March 1st, 2018. The award visualizes the work of all BLADE collaborators: Clean Sky, Airbus and the 21 partners involved, including Eurecat, whose work under the JIF2LAND project has contributed decisively to BLADE’s fly tests and help it become a unique demonstrator for the advancement of the industry towards a more efficient and clean air transport.

General details

Project

JIF2LAND – Jigs and Fixtures for Assembly of the Laminar Wing at the BLADE flight test demonstrator Final Assembly Line

Project reference

SP1-JTI-CS-2013-03 641543

Programme and call for tender

Project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Work programme under the Clear Sky platform, the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircrafts.