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IPFS News Link • Transportation: Air Travel

How the silence of owls in flight could lead to low-noise aircraft

• by Nick Lavars

Scientists in Europe have developed a new type of aerofoil they say could lead to important gains in this area, by simulating the microstructures on owl feathers that allow the birds to hunt their prey in silence.

Aerospace engineers have used studies of birds in flight to further research into improved aerodynamics, the development of shapeshifting wings, how mid-air collisions might be better avoided, and even how drones could recover from them. In fact, just last month we looked at research into how barn owls are able to withstand powerful winds, which could one day lead to small-scale aircraft that can do the same.