September 20, 2021

The future of flight? The hybrid plane takes to the skies on a historic British flight.

The aircraft is a milestone in the decarbonized aviation race, but net zero flights are still a long way off.

In the pure zero race, aviation remains a major obstacle. The department is not alone. One of the fastest growing sources of emissions in the world. (Before epidemic), but one of the most difficult to decarbonize. In the absence of a green alternative to jet engines, the only viable short-term solution to airway cleaning is to fly less.

The good news is that low-carbon aviation is moving forward, as evidenced by the UK’s airspace this week. There, a hybrid plane is flying a series of protest flights between Exeter Airport and Cornwall Airport Newark, after a successful test between Wick and Kirkwell in Scotland a fortnight ago. This is the first time an electric-powered aircraft has taken part in such tests in the UK.

Joining the aircraft is a modified six-seater Cessna 337 with a battery-powered electric motor and a conventional combustion engine. UmpireThe firm behind the aircraft called regional air travel an “important first step in de-carbonizing” flights.

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According to Umpire, its hybrid aircraft uses 30% less fuel than its non-hybrid competitors. But given the small size of the aircraft, the modest savings shed light on how much progress remains if the UK’s aviation industry wants to live up to its promise of a net zero by 2050.

In addition to reducing emissions, the umpire said the aircraft would reduce the cost of flying, possibly making some regional routes more financially viable, thus improving connectivity to isolated communities.

Test flights are part of that. Sustainable aviation test environment. The project was set up to test low-carbon technologies for aviation from its base at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney.

However, while hybrid flights point to a significant step toward green air travel, Friends of the Earth warns that action is now needed to stem the rising emissions.

Hybrid aircraft use 30% less fuel than their non-hybrid competitors. Photo: Umpire

We will not defeat the climate crisis by hoping for a green solution tomorrow – we need real action today. The charity said. It has repeatedly campaigned for flyer levies and to stop the expansion of airports in the UK.

Those who are cooling the skies in the name of climate have been brought up by a growing number of travel companies. French startup Midnight trains. Is one of them. It recently announced plans to relaunch the concept of sleeper trains with a fleet of ‘rolling hotels’ that will shut down passengers between European cities from April 2022. Other European rail operators have similar plans.

Then there is no fly travel agency. They. It began in the UK’s second lockdown to take advantage of the growing demand for flight-free vacations and promote the benefits of slower travel. Its founder, Kate Jones, told Positive News that the business is booming.

“It’s really interesting because it seems like it’s time to slow down. Now it’s time for people to stop thinking of trains as an alternative to planes, and start thinking about holidays and different travel modes.” Do

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