Is sustainable air travel possible?

Sustainability and transport: what’s is happening?

The problems linked to pollution and environmental issues are a hot topic and increasingly part of our daily life. Interest in sustainability and environmental concerns are regularly surfacing in the form of environmental groups and protest around the world.

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Many solutions have been implemented over the last few years to improve the situation. Studies have brought about the introduction of sustainable and alternative energy solutions including solar and wind energy, all with the aim of reducing the dependency upon polluting energy sources.

The transport sector, including airplanes, cars and trains are one of the major causes of air pollution. If we take into consideration air travel, each long-distance flight results in tons of harmful carbon emissions that affect environment and also human lives.

So, what has been done to improve global environmental protection? Sustainability is a thorny topic with regards to transport. In today’s modern world, there is no existing direct alternative to travel to make this more environmentally friendly.

Sustainability is a thorny topic with regards to transport. In today’s modern world, there is no existing direct alternative to travel to make this more environmentally friendly.

However, to make this more environmentally friendly, clean and fuel efficient vehicles are being developed. The electric car market is growing, however the development of this sector still remains constrained due to high cost of investment, the resources required for battery production and limited range of the vehicles.

The aviation sector has always driven forward aircraft design in the drive to ensure maximum efficiency.

Delta Airlines have taken this further having developed their own turbulence app, giving updates as to where smooth air can be found and so reducing the need to ‘search out’ smooth air (non-turbulent air) by otherwise having to change altitudes multiple times per flight.

Innovations in the air transportation: the first battery powered aircraft

In recent news a fully electric, battery powered aircraft was tested in Canada. Many improvements have been made in the field of electric transport to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels and help safeguard the environment.

The test flight of the electric aircraft was a success; the seaplane flew for around seven minutes powered by the magni500 motor.

In conclusion…

The expectations are high, however, despite recent initiative and success, there is still a lot of development required before fully battery powered electric flight becomes an everyday possibility.

Nevertheless, the efforts made are significant and with this we are getting closer to reducing per-flight impact.