The discourse surrounding sustainability and climate change in our country are increasing day by day. Back in 2018 the commercial aviation industry reportedly accounted for 918 million tons, or in other words, 2.4% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use.
Unfortunately, the International Council on Clean Transportation states that this number is only expected to increase as the years go on. If action isn’t taken, this could become a real danger to the future of our planet and the depletion of its resources.
Take a look at this example from BBC:
“A return flight from London to San Francisco emits around 5.5 tons of CO2 equivalent per person – more than twice the emissions produced by a family car in a year, and about half of the average carbon footprint of someone living in Britain.”
This is one example of many statistics pointing in the direction of immediate access to a more sustainable form of air travel. Imagine, even after one single flight, how much energy an all-electric aircraft with zero emissions would save our planet. Electric flight could be the sustainable solution to air travel that the carbon crisis calls for. And the best part? The aviation industry is closer to it than ever before.
A greener form of air travel is on the way! In May of 2020, the first test-flight of aircraft, Magnix Magni/500-powered Cessna 208B Caravan flew over Moses Lake, Washington. This was a record-breaking feat considering that this was the largest ever totally electric passenger or cargo aircraft to take flight.
In total the test-flight was estimated to cost ONLY $6 worth of electricity. The official launch is predicted to be late next year, according to Flying magazine.
A healthier world isn’t the only benefit of electric flight. No complex fuel engines lead to less maintenance for pilots and airlines. The decreased need for repairs leads flight operation to cost an estimated 80% less than usual per hour. This money saved has the potential to incentivize:
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