Saturday, 16 February 2008


It has been reported that the number of airliners in our skies may double by 2026, requiring more runways, and the obvious increase in environmental damage due to flight. I wouldn’t have a problem with this if real eco-measures were taken.
Most vital to such measures would be new tech. Prototype ceramic engines have been produced which greatly reduce fuel capacity needed. Prototypes exist for wave-rider vehicles that fly low and use the ground effect.
These are just two areas of aviation that is being ignored by Big Biz. Both would be eco-friendly, cause massive cuts in oil use, wouldn’t need huge airports to operate from, and they use such simple tech that smaller businesses could run them.
Now, I wonder why Big Biz is ignoring them. Hhhmmm …

© Anthony North, February 2008


Just Jen said...

seriously? I thought after 9/11 travel would become almost minimul. Did you hear about the new plane they want to make with the same engines they use to go into space? apparently, it will take half an hour to go from Los Angeles to Australia. In and out the earth's atmosphere, now thats creepy! They are hoping within the next 10 years, I'll never fly again!

anthonynorth said...

Hi Just Jen,
Air travel in Europe is booming. The UK's main airport, Heathrow, is planning massive expansion. It's definitely the mode of transport of the future, so it's time to make it as eco-friendly as possible.
And as I say, the means are there, but ignored by Big Biz, because it would destroy their monopoly.
The 40 min trip to Australia was, if I remember right, a British idea called HOTOL - can't remember what it stood for, but at the time no one was interested. It'll be interesting to see what happens here.