If Elon Musk is right, we might one day fly in electric planes. That day is probably far off, but there are still things that the airline industry can do to cut their fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emission (2% of the nation’s total). And a lot of those things are easy, low hanging fruit.
Naverus is a company founded by former Alaska Airline pilots. Naverus specializes in navigation technology that helps makes flights more direct. This makes flights better for us passengers, but it also burns less fuel. Their navigation method, called RNP (Required Navigation Performance) also helps minimize the time a plane spends waiting to take off or land.
How much difference do these methods make? Test flights using them were conducted in both Texas and Australia, and they managed to save, respectively, 8% and 18% of the fuel normally required for the trips.
It seems that those results are good enough for the Obama administration. The government is pledging $865 million to the Department of Transportation to incorporate these methods into our existing air traffic control infrastructure.
Via Greentech Media
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