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Biofuel-powered jet completes transcontinental flight

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November 12, 2008

BioJet 1 during the record breaking flight

BioJet 1 during the record breaking flight

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November 13, 2008 Following on from its breakthrough flight in October last year, Green Flight International has set another green-aviation record, this time flying a jet across the U.S. using environmentally-friendly Biofuel. Piloted by President and CEO Douglas Rodante and Chief Pilot Carol Sugars, BioJet 1 completed the flight from Reno, Nevada to Leesburg, Florida in just over 11 hours at altitudes ranging from 13,000 to 17,000 feet. While 1,776 miles where flown on 100% Biofuel, a 50/50 mix of Biofuel and standard jet fuel was used for the remainder of the 2,486 journey in order to compare performance data and also demonstrate the ability to blend these fuel types.

While definitive figures are difficult to come by, estimates put the contribution of airlines to emissions at around 2% globally with aircraft being comparable to automobiles in terms of fuel consumption per passenger mile. This may not seem like a huge slice of the pie, but because aircraft release other harmful gases including smog producing NOx, and because their emissions are released directly into the upper atmosphere where they do more damage, jet aircraft punch above their weight when it comes to global warming.

As well taking steps to help curb aircraft emissions and, Orlando-based Green Flight also recognizes the economic advantage for the U.S in pursuing the use of biofuels derived from algae and therefore reduce dependence on oil.

“These flights prove that we have the capability of supplementing our energy requirements with safe, environmentally-friendly alternatives to petroleum,” said Rodante. “And the Biofuel is produced in the U.S., which essentially negates our dependency on foreign fuel supplies.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has expressed an interest in using the Green Flight’s Biofuel test program as a template to assess future generations of aviation fuels.

The Green Flight team has already set its sights on another record-breaking flight - a round the world attempt slated for 2010.

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how about an idea of a hybrid plane that has mechanical in front and electrical propeller behind. this plane will have two engines and a backup power generator and also a battery power storage. The mechanical engine like Cessna or any propelled engine like a light aircraft engine and electrical engine like a dc motor. The mechanical or jet engine will be mounted in the front or back of the airplane with a big alternator or generator capable of charging the storage battery,starting the engine and while running or spinning the dc motor behind the airplane at the same time. The backup generator will be in use in case the mechanical engine fail or run out of gas and also to gain altitude, the power generator will have an extra gas tank plus it could tap in the gas used to power the mechanical engine for extended range in case of emergency .the design of the fuselage of airplane be like that of an bigger plane where the alternator, battery storage,backup generator and maybe the dc motor with propeller will be kept below the passenger cabin. another concept will be two mechanical or jet engine on each side of the wing of the plane and and the electrical engine behind like a dc 9 or 10. there will be a charging outlet to charge the plane when it is not in flight.

to eliminate drag the rpm of both types of an engine will have to be the same. the rpm of the electric plane set to match the mechanical engine and the changed when in an emergency to to compensate for the lost engine.

Jude Anodere
8th November, 2012 @ 12:06 pm PST
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