Aviation emissions are soaring
Aviation emissions are soaring and putting our future in jeopardy. They are not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement.
The number of types of electric powered planes is increasing.
Alice: an all electric plane
The electric plane called “Alice” looks beautiful. It has three propellers, one at the back of the plane, and one behind each wing tip. See the photo on the hyperlink. It will have:
- Capacity for 9 passengers,
- A range of up to 1,000 km (650 miles),
- Cruise speed 240 knots
- Maintenance costs of about $60 per flight hour – about 30% of the current $200 per flight hour.
- Fuel costs of $90 per flight hour – about 30 % of the current $300 per flight hour
- Little noise
- Debut at Paris Air show in June 2019
How this electric airplane (Alice) could reshape regional air travel
Renew Economy 13 Nov 2018
Norway turns to electric flight
A Norwegian aviation group has ordered 60 all-electric eFlyer2 planes, built by Colorado-based Bye Aerospace, with the intention of training a future generation of pilots in electric flight.
Norway aviation firm orders 60 electric planes tipped to be “Tesla” of flight
The Driven: April 2019
Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040
The Guardian 18 Jan 2018
The critical factor limiting electric planes is weight. Jet fuel contains about 30 times more energy per kilogram than current batteries.
Electric planes are here but they won’t solve flying’s emissions problem
(The Conversation: 6 Nov 2019)
Updated 8 Nov 2019