EcoGeek is willing to try a lot of weird stuff to cut back on use of various resources. But it's with mixed glee that we announce this next particular advancement--mixed because it sounds like a great idea, but EcoGeek's going to wait to see it work a few times before participating: planes in New Zealand will now be cutting the engine before landing because, hey, who needs to accelerate when you've got gravity on your side?
OK, so the engines won't be totally cut--they'll be idling--but the point is that the planes will be saving on energy and cutting back on emissions a bit. When you think about all the commercial flights in and out of any given airport on any given day, any small saving on each flight could really stack up.
According to The Age, it sounds like the most difficult part is actually changing the amount of time and space between planes landing, rather than any mechanical adjustments to the fuel-light landing.
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