Many flights today are burning unnecessary fuel and creating excess noise because of stairstep descents and extra long flight paths. This visualization shows how GE's flight management system might help to optimize descents, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions at three sample airports.
"Typical approach" data (in orange) is based on actual flight path data for Frankfurt, Stockholm and Seattle airports. "Optimized Descents" (in green) are based on GE's proprietary simulation models. Paths shown display an aircraft's location and trajectory from initial descent to landing.
Fathom, Ben Fry