Archive | January, 2011

EU’s Clean Sky makes progress with laminar wing flight test

The EU’s Clean Sky initiative made further progress this week with Dassault Aviation performing a test flight to evaluate the potential use of fuel-saving laminar wings on large business jets. The test was performed using a Falcon 7X as part of the “Smart Fixed Wing Aircraft” technology demonstrator under the Clean Sky programme. Dassault is […]

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Mexico’s Interjet to fly biofuel demo flight to Paris in time for air show

Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet is aiming to conduct a biofuel-powered demo flight between Toulouse and Paris to coincide with this year’s Paris air show. I learned this by talking to Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza after a press conference in Venice earlier this week to announce its order for some Sukhoi Superjet 100s. The flight […]

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Where there’s muck there’s brass. And jet fuel.

According to this report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Australia’s Qantas Airways is to follow British Airways’ lead and team up with US bioenergy firm Solena to build a facility that turns household waste into jet fuel. I spoke with BA’s manager of environmental affairs at last year’s Farnborough air show and found out some more details […]

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Algae-derived jet fuel may not cost as much as you might think

Argentina-based microalgae producer Biocombustibles del Chubut (Bc) is claiming that it could eventually sell algae-derived jet fuel for €800 ($1,038) per tonne. To put this into context, according to IATA’s jet fuel monitor, the cost of one metric tonne of kerosene as of 31 December was $837. Here are some pictures illustrating what goes on at Bc’s plant […]

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Unloved and unwanted aircraft find new leases of life

Scrapped airliners are providing both a challenge to those seeking to find ways to avoid dumping aircraft interiors in landfill sites and an opportunity to companies that are coming up with innovative ways of reusing the materials. The cover story of this week’s Flight International takes a detailed look at the solutions being sought to reduce the […]

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