Link&Fly

Air transport of the future

Live the future as you imagine it

Have you ever thought about how bothersome it is when you have to take a plane to get where you want to go?

Sometimes you have to drive to the airport in your own car, then you have to park it far from the runway, take a shuttle bus to get to the terminal with your heavy luggage, perhaps pay for excess weight, etc.  and it is all a loss of time and energy.

When in the airport, you sometimes have to walk a long way in a noisy environment to reach your gate, along with the anxiety that you might miss your plane.

With 4 billion passengers in 2017 likely to become 8 billion in 2037, such journeys might become a nightmare.

With its new Link & Fly concept, AKKA has been studying the possibility of boarding directly in the city, and then going to the airport with public transport.

This will enable smaller airports in a digitalized environment where all your flight information is promptly available directly on a smartphone.

When on board, your cabin is brought directly to the runway with a clean energy tug-cum-elevator, then linked to a carrier that will leave its parking spot empty for another carrier/fuselage pair.

This concept will reduce noise pollution and use alternative energies, in order to protect future generations.

The project, objective and concept

Objective: build a mock-up of the aircraft at a scale that is sufficient to validate its technical feasibility, with particular attention paid to:

  • its aerodynamic profile
  • its structural integrity

The innovative concept would demonstrate the following aspects:

  • Alternative use of cleaner energies (photovoltaic, kinetic, hydrogen)
  • Inductive coupling/superconductivity
  • A futuristic cockpit (Human Machine Interface management)
  • A means of simulating inspections, manufacturing, training of pilots (Operantis)
  • A means for managing and coordinating all operations (model based on systems engineering)
  • Digitalization of information

The modular aircraft will in turn enable a new and innovative infrastructure concept, which will allow faster turnarounds and reduce saturation in airports.

State of progress

The project is actually at the TRL 3_Critical function stage. The Proof of concept has been defined and includes:

  • Landing gear controlled by an electric motor/gear assembly
  • The application of an optimized rigidification method for primary structures, inspired by bio-mimetism

The elevator system of the “Hexapod” fuselage for perfect alignment of the fuselage and the carrier. The mechanism would be coupled with a 3D laser alignment device.

Added value & customer benefits

  1. A range of practical applications for theoretical studies, as a proof of concept, to provide solutions to issues of major concern for Air Transport in the coming years, such as Airport Saturation, Electric Aircraft and Autonomous Systems
  2. A flying prototype showcasing the advantages of what the aircraft of the future might offer, including:
    • better Passenger eXperience
    • less congestion around and in airports
    • multi-functional aircraft that enable operators to cater for passengers, freight, VIPs, etc.
    • more rotations of aircraft for airlines thus reducing ground time and hence costs for aircraft on the ground
    • easy and improved cabin maintenance
    • space saving for storage
    • compatibility with current infrastructures
    • and thus, cheaper tickets for passengers