With a potential 7.3 billion annual passengers, the aviation industry is looking to biofuels as the only path to greener airplanes.
In some ways, Erik Lindbergh may turn out to be as important to the evolution of aviation as his legendary grandfather, Charles. He's a supporter of battery-powered flight, solar-powered flight, space tourism, and ultra-light aircraft that can be parked in our driveways and powered by renewable energy. Lindbergh's advocacy has already yielded some incredible results. We caught up with Lindbergh in Toronto, where he was the keynote speaker at a travel writer's conference, speaking about ideas th
More than two months after beginning a cross-country journey, a solar-powered airplane has completed its ambitious trek across the skies of the United States without using a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse, a Swiss-made aircraft and pioneer in green aviation, landed late Saturday night at JFK International Airport in New York, concluding a whirlwind trip that started on May 3 in San Francisco.
During a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in Orlando, Florida, Honda announced that production has begun of its HondaJet line. Honda considers this a major milestone in the development of the business jet. The Japanese company has stated that its next milestones are FAA approval and delivery of its first model.
If you're looking to give your Mercedes-Benz an added dose of performance, look no further than Brabus. The aftermarket tuning house specializes in customizing Daimler's finest, and doesn't stop at upgrading the engine and running gear, either. With packages like the iBusiness suite, Brabus will turn your S-Class, for example, into a 219-mph high-tech office on wheels. In other words, it'll make it more like a private jet. But what if you want your jet to feel more like your customized Mercedes?
It's an aviation story so unique we're thrilled to report on it, even a bit after the fact. Back on August 12, electrical and aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien, working with French firm Solution F, made the world's first untethered, electric manned helicopter flight. Calling it "flight" is a bit of a stretch, since Chretien only climbed about one meter high.
ASTM International – an organization that develops technical standards for global industries – has officially approved the use of renewable fuels in commercial and military aircraft. The revised standard (ASTM D7566-11: Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) was approved on July 1 and says that up to 50 percent bio-derived synthetic fuel can be blended with conventional commercial and military jet fuel.
Certifying body ASTM International looks to be just days away from officially approving HRJ (a hydrogenated biofuel that consists of a 50/50 blend of vegetable oil and kerosene) for use in commercial aviation. On June 8th, a deciding ballot passed through the ASTM's technical committees. Though approval is not yet official, Richard Altman, executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, told Flightglobal that "from a practical point of view, we are done."
BioJet International Ltd. has received a whopping $1.2 billion of financial backing from Equity Partners Fund SPC. The massive amount of capital will allow BioJet, an international supplier of renewable aviation fuels, to fund its biofuel development and launch projects aimed at expanding the use of renewable feedstocks.
Boeing's prediction that one percent of the commercial aviation industry will be powered by renewable fuels by 2015 may sound trivial, but converting any meaningful portion of the industry over to the plant-derived biofuels could lay the foundation for future exponential growth. Boeing is currently testing biofuels with British Airways Plc and Continental Airlines, but has worked with airlines across the globe as it tries to find suitable, plant-derived aviation fuels. Testing has demonstrated t