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Silent Aircraft Initiative

silentaircraftThe Cambridge-MIT Institute's 'Silent' Aircraft Initiative was launched in November 2003 with a bold aim: to discover ways to reduce aircraft noise dramatically, to the point where it would be virtually unnoticeable to people outside the airport perimeter.

Aircraft capable of controlled, quiet descent would greatly improve the quality of life near airports while allowing expansion of airport usage and flight paths, resulting in a clear economic and environmental benefit. The Silent Aircraft Initiative is working toward this goal by researching airframe configurations and techniques for controlling airflow, drag and descent.