On 2012-02-29 | In Articles
The global debate on climate change has been one that has been circulating for decades. With a firm finger pointed at the carbon emissions of roaring airplanes as a major contributor, the aviation industry stepped in to find some eco friendly compromises.
In 2008 the world of Aviation met at the third annual Aviation and Environment summit and signed a declaration on a commitment to deal with the climate change challenge.
What’s been done since then? Various organizations within the air transport industry formed the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
ATAG represents organizations that are interested in promoting economically beneficial aviation capacity and infrastructure improvements in an environmentally responsible manner.
Of their many concessions to making air travel eco friendly, ATAG declared that aircraft manufacturers and operators should look into making aircraft more fuel efficient and that this would reduce the effect on climate change.
Some examples of fuel efficient aircraft are:
This double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner is manufactured by Airbus and is the largest passenger airliner in the world. Airbus state that the A380 consumes fuel at the rate of less than 3 L/100 km per passenger.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the variant.
Among some of its distinguishing features such as a four-panel windshield and noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, The 787 also consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized Boeing 767.
Last but not least, having won the Double NASA Challenge, the Pipistrel Virus SW 80/100 has been named the most fuel efficient aircraft in the world.
Lightweight, robust and features an unprecedented useful payload of more than 300 kg (660 lbs), the 2 seater aircraft is the world’s most economic high speed cruiser and definitely the fastest high-wing aeroplane in its category.
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