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