Chinese cuisine is all about frying things, and aircraft giant Boeing has a plan for all that used oil- it’s making it into a clean, renewable jet fuel.
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According to GreenWing’s stated figures, the 32 hp electric motor can propel the eSpyder to maximum air speed of 68 mph. Peak efficiency, though, is found in an “economy cruise” mode that holds the tiny plane at 38 mph, which translates to about 90 minutes of flying time.
There are lots of things that might seem dangerous to people, that just aren’t. Riding a bike through city traffic, for example, can be perfectly safe if you’re not an idiot and you obey the traffic laws and wear a helmet. Motorcycles and scooters are the same way – I’ve never heard of anyone dying […]
Some people are born to go fast. For whatever reason, these human beings are wired in a way that compels them to chase speed, and Chip Yates is just such a person. Already holding the electric motorcycle world record, this weekend Yates set his sights on another record; that of electron-powered flight. Once again, Yates came through, setting an official speed record for electric aircraft, though not before suffering a dramatic mechanical malfunction that left his plane without power.
Alaska Airlines last year completed 75 passenger flights running on a 20% biofuel blend made with reclaimed cooking oil. Recently, Air Canada completed a flight from Toronto to Mexico City on a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and cooking oil.
Green energy presents so many amazing opportunities and advantages over our current energy infrastructure…like the ability to go places where there isn’t any infrastructure. A Canadian company has developed a lightweight plane/blimp that can haul up to 1,000 kg of goods and is powered solely by the sun.
So the U.S. Air Force is getting serious about biofuels. The Air Force’s grand plan calls 50% of its fuels to be sourced from domestic biofuel by 2016, mostly for use in their aircraft. The planes will run on a blend of biofuels and traditional JP-8 jet fuel, without a decline in performance. How about […]
This independence day, we should also take some time to remember our country’s history and give the French a little love. With that in mind, then, let’s go back to last weekend’s Paris Air Show, where French pilot Hugues Duval still has a fair bit to boast about with his latest accomplishment: breaking the electric-powered […]
Spring is in the air. The trees are going green. Bugs are emerging from beneath the sacred earth, flowers are blooming, and pollen is clobbering our sinuses like never before. There’s something else in the air…airships? Yes, it seems airships are making a comeback, nearly a quarter-century after this infamous event effectively put the kibosh […]
Most people don’t think “light” when they think of diesels. In the US, especially, the word “diesel” is almost synonymous with dually pickups and farm equipment. That’s changing, of course, with cars like the TDI Volkswagens. Even within enthusiast circles, though, diesel engines still conjure up images of cast-iron engine blocks weighing hundreds of pounds […]
Air travel is often hailed as the safest form of travel, and there is something to be said for getting where you need to go in a hurry. Of course, to cruise six miles or more above the Earth going hundreds of miles per hour requires highly combustible jet fuel. Lots and lots of it. […]
A new airship from E-Green Technologies/21st Century Airships sports the crackerjack name Bullet 580 along with a “radically different” design according to E-Green Chairman and CEO Michael Lawson. The innovations allow for more efficient performance and a larger cargo capacity, all with more energy efficiency relative to conventional aircraft. The Bullet 580 is 235 feet […]
[social_buttons] Earlier this week, the world’s first piloted aircraft powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells, took to the skies above Hamburg Airport, Germany, producing zero carbon dioxide emissions. The Antares DLR-H2, jointly developed by the German aerospace centre DLR, Lange Aviation, BASF Fuel Cells and Denmark’s Serenergy, has a range of 750km (390nm) and can […]
First we had electric trains. Then electric cars. Now, airplanes. Sonex, a national leader in providing affordable high performance kit aircraft, is developing a concept Waiex E-Flight Electric-Powered plane. [social_buttons] I caught up with Mark Schaible, Marketing Director for Sonex, at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture last year, the largest aircraft event on the […]
[social_buttons] Continental Airlines, Boeing, and GE Aviation have scheduled a biofuel test flight for early 2009, citing the desire to identify sustainable fuel alternatives for the aviation industry. Continental may be the first US carrier to do so and, in the words of president and CEO of GE aviation, is “taking an important step in […]
Airbus beat Boeing to the punch and flew the first commercial aircraft using an alternative fuel in one engine. The really interesting thing is the two airlines are using different alternative fuels in their test flights. Boeing announced in January they would test an alternative fuel in one engine of a 747, but did not […]