Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury believes better communication is needed to help shed aviation’s reputation as a primary contributor to climate disruption, arguing that air transport will be necessary to effect environmental transformation.
Airbus has completed windtunnel tests of the integrated propulsion unit – the electric motor, propeller and nacelle – that will be used to power the EcoPulse hybrid demonstrator it is developing alongside Daher and Safran.
Rolls-Royce has started used a renovated Bristol facility to test components for a hybrid-electric power-generation system, known as PGS1, for a demonstrator programme with intended application to future regional aircraft.
A cadre of engineers and scientists at Pratt & Whitney and other companies within the Raytheon Technologies group are busy advancing next-generation technologies, like electric propulsion and the use of hydrogen fuel.
President Joe Biden has proposed instituting tax credits for the production of both hydrogen fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a move mirroring broader support from industry and lawmakers for aviation-related clean-fuel subsidies.
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