Green Aviation x2

Green Aviation is re-organising into two distinct and seperate organisations and with new websites in 2015 in order to be able to respond better to a wide range of aviation sustainability initiatives on one side, and support airlines and other companies with relevant and cost-effective solutions on the other side.
 
One organisation will be non-profit organisation and will liaise with aviation associations, governments, NGOs, the educational sector and companies in the aviation sector to design and implement a range of initiatives to monitor and improve the sustainability of the aviation industry. The url for this website will remain as greenaviation.org but will undergo a major change and re-branding.
 
The other organisation will be for-profit offering advisory, services and project management and which will be able to take on investment, grow rapidly and provide solutions to airlines, aircraft operators and other partners / stakeholders. A fixed proportion of the profits of the commercial organisation will always be donated to the non-profit organisation and other sustainability causes and projects. The url for this website will be greenaviation.aero

Stay tuned for more information in 2015!

Passenger planes of the future

Engineers have developed a concept plane which they believe, might be similar to passenger planes in 40 years time. However in the past futurologists have been wide of the mark, with predictions of jet packs, flying cars, and cities in the sky. BBC Reporter Rajan Datar investigates whether, in the year 2050, we are really likely to be flying in transparent aeroplanes…and powered by solar energy!
Link to the BBC video

Longest and highest solar powered flight ever…and at night!

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The eighth of July 2010 entered the history books as being an incredible achievement in the advancement of human flight. That morning at a small military airbase in Switzerland an experimental solar-powered aircraft launched on the previous day landed safely after successfully flying through the night. The incredible feat was a previously-thought impossible step toward the even more incredible aim of circling the globe using only the power of the Sun to fuel the plane.

The aircraft used super-efficient solar cells and batteries to stay in the air after the Sun’s rays had faded. The plane touched down at the military Payerne airfield at 0900 (0700 GMT) after a total flight time of 26 hours. During the flight it reached a unbelievable height of 8,700 m (28,543 ft)!  It was st the time the longest and highest flight recorded by a solar-powered plane. The aircraft was steered by Andre Borschberg, a former fighter jet pilot from Switzerland. The plane had 12,000 solar cells arranged on top of its wing which stored enough energy to power the plane for the flight through four engines.

The designers, the Solar Impulse team led by Mr Borschberg and fellow aviator Bertrand Piccard, said that their endeavour proved that a plane could be kept in the air around the clock. “Nothing can prevent us from another day and night, and the myth of perpetual flight.” The team will now build a new, more advanced, model of the plane and they plan to aim to circumnavigate the globe within the next few years.

Read more about this amazing project at Solar Impulse

MIT-led team designs airplanes that would use 70 percent less fuel than current models

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In what could set the stage for a fundamental shift in commercial aviation, an MIT-led team has designed a green airplane that is estimated to use 70 percent less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The design was one of two that the team, led by faculty from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, presented to NASA as part of a $2.1 million research contract to develop environmental and performance concepts that will help guide the agency’s aeronautics research over the next 25 years. Known as “N+3” to denote three generations beyond today’s commercial transport fleet, the research program is aimed at identifying key technologies, such as advanced airframe configurations and propulsion systems, that will enable greener airplanes to take flight around 2035.
Link to the complete article on the MIT site here

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