Sumary of Prius Of The Skies? Cessna To Offer Hybrid Version Of Workhorse Caravan Utility Plane In Tie-Up With Surf Air:
- Surf Air, a California-based regional air travel provider that struck a deal in February to buy the hybrid aircraft engine developer Ampaire, says that the technology will cut the Grand Caravan EX’s emissions and operating costs by up to 25%, while offering range of 1,000 nautical miles – roughly the same as the standard version.
- Surf Air is aiming to win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to equip Caravans with a hybrid propulsion system by 2024. Surf Air is also aiming to be the first major user of hybrid Caravans, placing an order with Textron-owned Cessna for 100 of the Grand Caravan EX configured to carry nine passengers, with an option for 50 more.
- ” Scores of companies are working to give air travel a green makeover by replacing fossil fuel-powered engines with electric ones, but the poor energy density of the current generation of batteries compared to aviation fuel limits their usefulness in the near term.
- Slovenia’s Pipistrel is the first aircraft maker to have won safety approval for an all-electric airplane — the European Union Aviation Safety Agency granted it type certification last year for a tiny two-seat pilot training aircraft.