The Eilean initiative is part of the drive to becoming net zero by 2045, CFMS has joined the project alongside aerospace experts Rolls-Royce, Loganair and University of Strathclyde. Supported throughout by Scottish Enterprise the partners have worked to define the key requirements and performance criteria from an environmental, economic and societal perspective that will collectively make aircraft more sustainable from the outset.

Digital engineering research of a low emissions aircraft

The objective of project Eilean (the Gaelic for Island) is to develop a new ecologically and economically viable aircraft concept, capable for short haul operations across the Scottish Highlands and Islands. A key aspect of the project is to assess the ability of the Scottish Aviation supply chain to support the industrialisation of such a product. The study provides the key steppingstone in developing stakeholder understanding of the economic and social impact of such an initiative.

CFMS used its digital engineering advances and processes to research the viability of a low emissions aircraft. By modelling a new concept that could be applied to an existing aircraft, CFMS used data analysis to assess alternative fuel sources, including electric battery, hydrogen electric and hybrid fuel. The report also outlined six flight paths that could reduce reliance on road or rail transport while boosting tourism. CFMS recommended the integration of green aviation fuel requirements into wider hydrogen initiatives. It also found that further development of aircraft propulsion systems, combined with an entirely new airframe, could tackle weight and maintenance issues, leading to a more sustainable vehicle.

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