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A320 family achieves ‘Sharklet’ certification

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 4, 2012
Fuel-savings 'sharklet' winglets aboard the A320 family have been certified by EASA, with the FAA to follow. (Airbus)

The European airworthiness authority EASA has certified Airbus’s ‘Sharklet’ wingtip fuel-saving devices on the A320 Family with CFM56 engines.

The approval follows 600 hours of flight testing during a 10-month program, while US FAA certification of the ‘Sharklets’ is expected imminently.Certification of IAE V2500 powered variants is to follow.

Airbus projects each A320 fitted with the 2.4-metre Sharklets will reduce emissions by approximately 1,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.  In addition to fuel  savings, range will be extended by 100nm and payload increased by up to 450kg.

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The devices will be fitted during final assembly at Airbus’s Toulouse, Hamburg, Tianjin and forthcoming Alabama final assembly lines.

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