Airbus Introduce 'Bird of Prey', the Concept of Futuristic Regional Airliner

Airbus Introduce 'Bird of Prey', the Concept of Futuristic Regional Airliner
Airbus introduce 'Bird of Prey', the concept of futuristic regional airliner. Image source. Airbus.

avten.asia – During the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2019 event in England last weekend, European aircraft manufacturers, Airbus introduced the design of a futuristic regional airliner concept. The design of the airliner called 'Bird of Prey', was inspired by the eagle structure.

Airbus intentionally designed this airliner with a wing and tail structure that was very similar to that of the bird of prey to spur millennial generation technicians to be able to realize the creation of a more modern aircraft than is currently available.

"... How they can make a difference by applying technologies researched at the company in hybrid-electric propulsion, active control systems and advanced composite structures," Airbus explained in a written statement on Friday (7/19/2019).

The company explained, the theoretical design is a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation.

The concept of this aircraft was inspired by efficient bird mechanics. This can be seen from the airliner's wing and tail structure that mimics the bird of prey. The feather structure on the wing and tail of the airliner can be controlled individually because it is active flight control.

“Our ‘Bird of Prey’ is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a ‘wow’ factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector,” explained Martin Aston, a senior manager at Airbus.

While not intended to represent an actual aircraft, Airbus Bird of Prey is based on realistic ideas about the future of the aircraft, with the design of the wing shape to the fuselage that looks fused, this mirrors the graceful and aerodynamic arch of an eagle at once representing the potential of biomimicry (the design and production of materials, structures and systems inspired by nature).

“One of the priorities for the entire industry is how to make aviation more sustainable – making flying cleaner, greener and quieter than ever before,” he closed.

The Bird of Prey concept was unveiled at the RIAT 2019 to underscore the UK’s aerospace industry leadership, and also highlights the 50th anniversary of Airbus as an aircraft manufacturer.